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Whatever Makes You Ready

Jennifer Brownell

Different conflicts call for different approaches to peace, as much as different weather calls for different footwear. 

Crying with Permission

Marchaé Grair

Even when I'm crying alone, I feel embarrassed I can't keep it together. I fall victim to a society that indicts emotion and criminalizes imperfection.

Samaritan Jesus

Mary Luti

Jews weren't fond of Samaritans, to say the least. Everything we say about groups we hate was said about them: they got religion wrong, they thought they were better than you, they were strange, standoffish, dangerous, lazy, immoral.

Trivia Take Over

Kenneth Samuel

Trivial pursuits may interest certain persons, but when they become our public preoccupation and cause us to miss the majors in pursuit of the minors... we find ourselves perpetually drowning in the kiddie pool.

The Girls at Camp Take God Seriously

Matt Fitzgerald

Dear God, keep me from speaking your name, unless I mean it.

The Next Reformation

Donna Schaper

This month we begin a year of celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

Moving Mountains

Tony Robinson

You take a wild and wooly word from Jesus like this one about faith moving mountains and learn to whittle it down, to domesticate it, to nuance it, to explain it.

Cheering for Jesus!

Richard L. Floyd

I was overcome with emotion, because I knew they weren't cheering for me.

A Song in a Weary Throat

Talitha Arnold

The Psalmist reminds us how to sing.

Jesus and the Peloton

Kaji Douša

Something in me does not trust a crowd.