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Vashti

As a model of strength and self-possession, I didn’t think Vashti could get any better. I was wrong.


Shackles of Defeat

Paul took the chains of the state and preached fearless liberation. The state may have had him in shackles, but he would be bound to nothing but the love of God.


Keeping Promises

If your beloved children show up in our church, whether as children or as elders, we will love and care for them as our own, as God’s own. Will you please do the same?


They Sang a Hymn

If you’re of a certain age, you remember freedom songs above the blows and snarling dogs. It’s no surprise that when despots come to power, they first purge the poets and singers.


Virtual Shepherds

I see you, fellow shepherd, and you are amazing. You’ve MacGyvered quarantine church. Your pluck is one way to be what 1 Peter calls ‘an example.’


What’s in a Name?

Hospitality requires willingness to be uncomfortable but not unsafe. It requires placing the last first and the first last. We must work hard to get it right.


Insatiable Truth

In elementary school, many lunches never made it into the intended students’ bodies as they were traded for desserts, pencils, or even coveted spots in line next to crushes.


Don't Congratulate a Cat on its Landing

If you hear one crying out for help, don’t listen in dispassionately like you’re a scientist performing an experiment on resilience, waiting to see how things turn out. Step up.


Q Source

Who gets to decide what truth is, and what criteria do they use? How do we persist past the religion of “our own whims and lusts” here in our own last days?


Caught

Jesus won’t wait for you to be perfect before calling you to follow him. Not even Jesus has that much time.