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Adjust Your Crown

When we are not feeling our defense and strength, we do well to adjust our crowns, knowing ourselves to be residents of God’s households, anointed for immense possibility.


Hope in the Rain

Strengthen your heart as you wait for God’s early and late rain. Be patient. Show endurance. Dig and hope.


Judgy Jesus

Don’t fall for the divine, dual-personality theory about God and the Bible. God is both gracious and wrathful, and we need God’s wrath as much as we need God’s grace.


Please, Please, Please

Please…please…please…please? Please? PLEASE? PLEASE? Pleeeeeeeaaaase? Amen.


Rest.

The right time for sabbath is not when our work is finished, but when it has piled up until we cannot see over it into a hopeful future.


Mizpah

In a world of lies and rumors, contractual loopholes and selective memory, we need more mizpah in our lives—symbols of mutual respect and standards of justice


For a Sardine

When we are weak, needing kindness, we rarely gravitate towards the perfect and the pure. When what we need is mercy, we look for someone reeking of sardines.


This Land Is Our Land

Land is not mine or yours or theirs or ours. Land belongs to God, who gifts it to us, who lets us dwell in places. No one wins when we steal God’s land from one another.


Powers and Principalities

Put on the full armor of God in the struggle against evil. Just be sure it’s God’s Adversary you’re struggling against, and not God’s children.


Stubborn Loyalty

What if—instead of quitting the communities that fail us (church, PTA, book club)—we practice stubborn loyalty, trusting that the crucible will make us all stronger and gentler?