The comfort of belonging

Amy Butler

What’s your tribe? And does it matter?

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The shocking un-truth about church budgets

Amy Butler

The church’s rapidly changing role in society requires new ways of looking at the allocation of financial resources.

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Figuring out a life of prayer

Amy Butler

The latest turn in the journey reveals something significant.

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Welcoming the stranger

Amy Butler

But what happens when we’re the stranger?

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Eyes wide open

Amy Butler

Did Jesus learn something the day he encountered a Canaanite woman? Maybe.

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Taking stock of mission endeavors

Amy Butler

Compelling programming that makes a meaningful impact in the world draws people in. But what about when it doesn’t?

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We are not alone

Amy Butler

There’s significant power in having the courage to name the pain we carry.

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The camp of the litmus-testers

Amy Butler

Just when you think you know the lay of the land, the gospel invites you to love harder.

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Life isn’t fair

Amy Butler

Life is most decidedly not fair. People gain success when they’re kind and good and loving. And people gain success when they live with blatant and sometimes even harmful disregard for others.

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Beginning a journey

Amy Butler

This columnist, who was called as pastor of Riverside Church in New York City June 8, shared this letter with her new congregation the same day.

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Remember, new ministers — you’re incidental

Amy Butler

Seminary students often graduate believing they’re essential. They’re not. But that’s a good thing.

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Reframing reality

Amy Butler

We all need someone to help us see beyond the morass of the present to a hopeful reality for the future.

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The pressure cooker

Amy Butler

Pastors grapple with a deep-seated worry: how can I get everybody to believe?

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Thinking inside the box

Amy Butler

When I look closely, I can see the fraying edges of the church-box we’re in. If I listen intently, I can hear the faint call to come on out into something new.

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It’s a no-win for the voices of exclusion

Amy Butler

World Vision may have set a table for us to gather around and begin the conversation we must have.

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