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Scammers vs. Holy Spirit

This devotional really is from me. No, really, it is! Honestly, I can prove it. I’ll just go get my credit card and in the meantime, my social security number is…

Small but Spicy

I view churches like mustard seeds – looking to all the world like something too small to matter but with room enough for so many in their shade.

At a Distance

The wisdom of distance doesn’t erase people’s desire for nearness. And touch. And comfort. A small bit of flame to keep warm. A hand to hold.

Keep the Child Alive

In all our clashing, we must be mindful to know what we might forfeit with wanton hostility. Winning our claims at the cost of losing democracy is a loss for everyone.

In the Nest

Could a mustard seed actually grow into a tree? Of all Jesus’ parables, this one does not seem so hard. The tree has room for all the birds in the nest.

Artistic Redesign

We whites can redesign our invisible backpacks: take out the passports for vacations away from justice, remove the opportunity hoarding and the guilt that holds us back from courage.

How Can We Sing?

When will those of us who are white stop demanding tunes of acquiescence from those who experience exile and injustice?

Test Everything

I am encouraged by my daughter’s instinct to test everything she reads, hears, and experiences, because it seems to be leading her to find deeper meaning.

Protest and Praise

Psalm 42 encourages praising God even when enemies taunt, making praise a form of protest and protest a form of praise.

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

I wonder what would happen if we believed we are fearfully and wonderfully made. That despite what the world says about us or what we believe about ourselves, our creation is wonderful.