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Doubting Your Doubt

Is doubt to be accepted or rejected in faith? When does doubt indicate humility, the willingness to be wrong? And when doubt mask as fear, the unwillingness to take risks in faith?


Let the Spirit of the Lord Rise

Living right doesn’t save us from harm. Job was a blameless man, but his friends said he must have deserved his misfortune. May our faith never blame victims for their suffering.


Sleepy Jesus

Many of us could use more sleep. Maybe Jesus teaches us to be faithful nappers, so confident and well-rested in divine presence that we are not sunk by every crisis that assails us.


Projecting Francis

Francis of Assisi wasn’t all peace songs and birdbaths. He questioned Christians’ docility in the face of wrong and contested our easy sentimentality about God.


Triumph of the Meek

The work of reform needs quiet fighters as well as front line mavericks. Meekness is not weakness in the perseverance toward change.


Extra Credit

I’d love to be perfect, God, but we both know that’s not going to happen. Help me pass with a B+ is all I ask.


I Remember Your Name in the Night

I remember a lot of things at night: the emails not answered, the deadlines missed, the cookies I shouldn’t have eaten. I am practicing remembering God’s name above all.


When Your Mother Dies

Before death and after death, O God, let us figure out who we and others really are—each unique to ourselves, not only seen through the lens of others.


A Horizon of Hope

Even when we are discouraged about the state of the world—especially when we are discouraged by the state of the world—we live by our best hopes and by God’s promise of love.


Faith in Lament

Hurting people need to know that lament is not the absence of faith. Folx need to know that it is okay to cry out in pain when God’s promised protection is not evident.