Jesus Gives (or, How Is This Thing Worth It?)

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My philosophy professor was a bright-eyed man with a Shakespearean sense of humor, but even that did not help me feel goodwill toward him the day our class discussion turned toward Jesus. It wasn’t that …

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November 19 2014

Standing in the Door

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When I was told about the Sandanistan Revolution in Nicaragua, I was sitting in a church. The people of that church told me about their uprising, the people’s uprising. They told me how they had …

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November 17 2014

when none of it mattered

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I've spent the past few years in a spiritual detox. In my lifetime, I've heard more sermons than one could ever possibly need, and I've read more Christian books than anyone should ever read. I've done the …

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November 14 2014

Chick-Lit Church

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Girl could write a love story, and I was desperate for love. It wasn't so much the boy-girl variety that I longed for--I already had that--a dreamy college boy who would eventually become my husband. No, …

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November 12 2014

When Pastors Fail

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I’m not new to stories of pastors who fail massively, publicly, sexually. Those of us who have been in the church long enough know the pain of watching a leader we love crash into the …

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November 11 2014

Making Room At The Table

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The young couple hurried their toddler down the long hall to the nursery. They were late for church--again.  They could blame the baby for their tardiness to church, but really, they were just adjusting to …

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