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In the 1960’s, my mother and father left the church they grew up in for many reasons. One thing they really objected to was the idea that we shouldn’t ask for too much in life because we’ll get our reward in Heaven—also known as “pie in the sky, in the bye and bye.”
Emily C. Heath
Most churches dread stewardship season.
Last Sunday we welcomed new members to our church. Coincidentally, I was preaching about one of many Bible stories where Jesus is criticized for socializing with sinners.
Christianity (and life) is all about crossing over.
If the Ark of the Covenant is dross, what can I be sure is gold? Which of my beloved traditions or beliefs can I withhold from the refiner's fire?
I learned a new twist on an age-old spiritual practice called the Ignatian Examen at youth group the other day. It's called Pow Wow How.
Jennifer Garrison Brownell
Your pastor must discern which of the myriad requests they field each day are truly the command of the Lord and which are the clamoring of other voices. Remember this.
How joy comes isn't as important as that it will come--for you, for me, for this whole world.
The miracle isn't the healing. The miracle is that one person decides not to stand aloof from another person's pain. The wonder isn't that people are healed, it's that they're loved like that.
Kenneth L. Samuel
Sometimes, in our 'come as you are,' laissez-faire attitudes, we lose sight of the importance of precision. We even blur the distinctions between mediocrity and excellence.