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The Psalmist Gets the Blues

Martin B. Copenhaver

Lament is not whining.  God does not like whiners.  Whiners always find a way to whine, regardless of the circumstances, whereas lament is a legitimate response to hardship.


"Climate Change"

Kenneth L. Samuel

It's now time that we face forthrightly the climate that produced the hate crime at the night club in Orlando. 


Meta-Job

John A. Nelson

Doctrinal cross-examination leads us into a fog of seeming rationality that actually obscures the Creator.


Plowing Ahead

Emily C. Heath

The thing about Jesus is he doesn't stand still. He isn't a tree or fence post that doesn't move. That means that at the end of your life, when you've followed him as far as you can on this side of existence, you won't look back and see a straight line. 


Sanctuary

Quinn G. Caldwell

Ask any queer person you know, and chances are they'll have a story to tell you about a place like this.


Desire Paths

Vince Amlin

A desire path is the trail that pops up on a lawn when enough people take the same shortcut.


Alone in the Dark

Molly Baskette

The last time I lived alone was half a lifetime ago. There is a sweet joy in it, the freedom to leave my socks around, to eat ice cream for dinner without reproach, to keep all hours without disturbing another.


Equations of Grace

Jennifer Garrison Brownell

Read past the Sunday School moment in the fifth chapter of Luke and you will hear Jesus forgive the paralyzed man's sin and then be accused of blasphemy.  


Primal Response

Kaji Douša

If we’re ever wondering how to follow Jesus, the way is always through love. Following Jesus never means pointing a finger.


Who Could Stand?

Mary Luti

I'm so self-regarding that at the supreme moment of my ordination, the laying on of hands, when I should've been fixed on the power of the Holy Spirit, I was thinking, "Oh crap, my parents are here. They know me."