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The Facebook Creep

Anger is a valid emotion, yet stewing in anger can eat away at our wholeness. Stewing in anger through Facebook creeping can hurt our journeys toward healing.


The Power of Being Prayed For

Thoughts and prayers get a bad rap these days, but being prayed for is very powerful when we feel disconnected and disempowered. What might happen if you ask for prayer?


Don't Kill the Messenger

When something stresses me out, my inclination is to ignore it. But when the smallest provocation angers me, it’s a sure sign that there’s a reality I am trying to deny.


Bed Bugs

When Jesus said, “Do not store up treasures on earth,” I don’t think he wasn’t talking about people who live on little. Jesus was talking to the pampered people, like me.


Trinity

The beauty of the Holy Trinity is that it pushes us past definitions for God—beyond protector God, beyond tangible Jesus, beyond surprising Spirit. Because we need them all.


Doubting Your Doubt

Is doubt to be accepted or rejected in faith? When does doubt indicate humility, the willingness to be wrong? And when doubt mask as fear, the unwillingness to take risks in faith?


Let the Spirit of the Lord Rise

Living right doesn’t save us from harm. Job was a blameless man, but his friends said he must have deserved his misfortune. May our faith never blame victims for their suffering.


Sleepy Jesus

Many of us could use more sleep. Maybe Jesus teaches us to be faithful nappers, so confident and well-rested in divine presence that we are not sunk by every crisis that assails us.


Projecting Francis

Francis of Assisi wasn’t all peace songs and birdbaths. He questioned Christians’ docility in the face of wrong and contested our easy sentimentality about God.


Triumph of the Meek

The work of reform needs quiet fighters as well as front line mavericks. Meekness is not weakness in the perseverance toward change.