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This is not a message I want to deliver, but the Bible leaves me no choice. There is no politically correct alternative.
Some people find confession depressing. They want to hear that they're good, and getting better all the time. They want church to further their self-improvement projects. I'm not so keen on that.
God, thank you for the ways your "yes" is always being echoed on this earth.
Emily C. Heath
The church does not thrive in comfort. The church thrives when it is being called to the messy and painful work of transforming the world.
God, help me to seek lessons from my elders while building my own authentic truths.
What if it is true that it would cost less to resolve poverty than it does to sustain it? What if it was true that it would cost less to resolve the environmental crisis than to sustain it?
When I was young, I knew a family that was fanatically protective of their living room. The armchairs and sofa had plastic covers. The carpet was unblemished. The end tables were Pledged to an impossible sheen.
Have you ever looked up through your windshield and seen a billboard that said "If you die tonight are you sure you would go to heaven?"
Being everything to everyone usually means nothing to anyone.
You can run from death. You can immerse yourself in the surface, diverted by screens and magazines, distracted from everything, including existence itself.