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At church, the hub of much of our spiritual practice, how many of us talk exclusively about the "work" of the church? We often treat the stuff we do at church as a kind of bitter endurance contest.
Quinn G. Caldwell
We talk about welcoming people in terms of what we have that they might need. And of course that's a good start. There's another good reason to welcome all, though: enlightened self-interest.
I remember when you had to dress up to go to church. It was fun in a way that today's uniforms are not.
Kenneth L. Samuel
There is liberating power when we live authentically in the flow of who we truly are and in the things we've truly earned and in the gifts we truly possess.
The world's suffering is immense, and the forces that profit from this pain are not about to let anyone come even a tiny step closer to fixing it without a deadly fight.
No one would ever say this: "I've got a great idea for a restaurant! Hungry senior citizens served by kids who argue when they're asked to clear the table."
Emily C. Heath
Have you ever known someone like Job's friends? Someone who comes in during the midst of tragedy and tries to find an easy explanation for what happened?
Paul reminds the Christians in Galatia that for them freedom is never an end in itself.
A couple months after I finished chemotherapy, when my hair was just long enough that it could have been a cute lesbian hairdo instead of a chemo patient's, I went to Zumba for the first time.
If the heart of the gospel is that everybody gets to grow and change, our various job descriptions should always be open to review.