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Living Inside the Miracle

Matt Fitzgerald

People complain about the New Century Hymnal. "They changed the words!"


Kenneth Samuel

The need to belong is one of the deepest needs of the human heart.

Child of Blessing, Child of Promise

Emily C. Heath

It's up to the adults in children's lives to lift them up, and bless them on their path. And Advent is as good a time as any to start. 

Fiercely Waiting

Anthony B. Robinson

This is what it means to be people of faith—to be still waiting, still watching, still hoping, still listening . . . for God.

Your Days Are Numbered

Vince Amlin

Tonight we cross off the first day of the last month of a dying year. Our unfulfilled hopes for 2016 will likely remain unfulfilled. And we have traveled another 365 days toward our ends.

Joy is the Intersection of Pleasure and Meaning

Lillian Daniel

Joy is big and generous. Pain is short-sighted, and in the scheme of eternity, short-lived.

Singing to Bullies

Matt Laney

I look forward to the day when songs about bullies sung by women and other marginalized groups are no longer necessary.

Too Soon?

Vince Amlin

It's uncomfortable to be off balance and at sea, to live with a constant reminder of all that we've lost.

Give Me Jesus

Vicki Kemper

Advent's spiritual practices are all about waiting and watching and preparing and—did I mention waiting?

In Between Years

Emily C. Heath

In the world of the church, tomorrow starts a brand new year.