Epiphanic moments

Changing the way we view the world.

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On saying goodbye and saying hello

While all that is new does not negate the pain of separation, learning to see with new eyes helps to ease the pain.

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A ‘Matthew’ kind of year

But the Gospel holds some healing potential for us today.

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Let’s keep Herod in Christmas

Walmart sells a variety of plastic nativity scenes for the yard, but there are no glow-in-the-dark King Herods.

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Overtaken by joy

God delights to use what the world scorns, and thereby allows unexpected joy to break in.

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Crossing borders during Christmas

God set the pattern.

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Christmas wasn’t Scrooge’s problem

He just didn’t know those who lived in poverty.

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For unto us a child is born

“For unto us a child is born”: Reflections on a grandson, 2014, and Christmas.

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Skin tax

What does it cost in America if your skin isn’t white?

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Vision and venture at Advent

We don’t need more churches enticed to dream of a dynamic future, only to be disappointed when nothing changes.

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A nation confronted by conscience

What does it mean and how do we sustain it?

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Jumping in, feet first

Change is essential, but it won’t start without difficult conversations.

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Images of the Kingdom

They may be “sinners saved by grace,” but they’re a picture of godliness.

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Sometimes it’s just a matter of showing up

There’s a spiritual practice in letting God be God in me and trusting that it will be enough.

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Why not a ‘pray-in?’

We aim to transform those things which appear “too broke to mend.”

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Thank God for music

We sing the Good News so that the rest of the world begins to sing along.

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Pastors, stop signing those marriage licenses

It’s time for churches to reject societies’ view of marriage and reassert the high ideal of Scripture.

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Reinhold Niebuhr, Eric Garner and white privilege

What Reinhold Niebuhr’s stark realism teaches us about our current racial crisis.

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For what we are about to smoke …

The coming legalization of marijuana is both inevitable and absolutely catastrophic.

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The race talk

Unless we have it, there will be another city, victim, debate and comparison to be made.

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