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August 09, 2017
It refused to rain during the hot, middling July weeks the summer I turned fifteen....
July 26, 2017
The Baptisms on Pentecost
Our guests at the baptism on Sunday agreed, all of our friends and family, many...
May 19, 2017
Poetry Friday: “The Spirit of Promise”
Memories can make good material for poetry. In “The Spirit of Promise,” Daniel Donaghy is...
January 02, 2017
Poem for the New Year: “In the Candleroom at Saint Bartholomew’s on New Year’s Eve” By Heather Sellers
This poem moves me and impresses me with its sense of almost-but-not-quite arriving at connection....
November 15, 2016
Stiff Necked Church Lady
Church Ladies. Most of them are pretty darn good souls. They’re at the church every...
August 11, 2016
By Kelly Foster Lundquist Since birth, the rhythm of my week has been set by...
July 13, 2016
The Cult of Emotion
As a newish, struggling Christian recovering from two years in a fundamentalist youth group, I...
June 16, 2016
Pieces of Resistance
We've beat records for rain this year in central Minnesota. The sidewalks are pillowed with...
June 08, 2016
The Strength of God’s Gaze
By Laura Bramon The first time I saw her, I made up a story about...
April 28, 2016
Praise Bands, Lipstick, and other Futilities of the Faith
By E.D. The drummer in the rock band at my church, bangs on his drum,...
April 08, 2016
Poetry Friday: “Smokers, Sunday Morning, 1975” by Bobby C. Rogers
This poem seems at first to be a straight-forward narrative: a childhood recollection of the...
March 29, 2016
Believing in the Beach Boys
The first church I attended as a teenaged new believer swiftly taught me two doctrines:...
March 18, 2016
Dancing on the Way to Prison
By John Bryant I’m standing in a circle with thirty singing and swaying old men...
February 16, 2016
Your Ideal Church
I don't mean to brag, but I attend your ideal church. If you’re a millennial...
January 25, 2016
Listening to Simone
By Christiana N. Peterson The woman stands in the entryway of our common building just...
January 11, 2016
Sign-Seeking in the Dark
January is for sleeplessness. Maybe its cause is the temperature inversion that presses pollution down...
November 02, 2015
My Soul Thirsts
My children’s Michigan fact book says you can’t go more than eight miles without hitting...
September 03, 2015
I Come Not to Praise the Megachurch
The church may have begun as a non-spiritual entity, a business of some sort that...
July 31, 2015
Wrestling with Sunday Mornings
This past Saturday afternoon I warned my husband, “I’m not going to church tomorrow.” In...
July 08, 2015
Art on Fire: The Life and Work of Melissa Weinman, Part 1
By: Richard Cole In a recent painting by Melissa Weinman, a small, white rose floats...
June 26, 2015
Two weeks after we moved to the Mennonite community in rural Illinois, a baby was...
June 12, 2015
Sunday Morning at Wegmans, Prince George’s County, Maryland
It is the Feast of Pentecost on the Eastern Orthodox calendar, the annual commemoration of...
June 10, 2015
The Eucharist: Eat, Eat!
By Shannon Huffman Polson We sit in the back pew at church with intention; there’s...
May 28, 2015
What Is a Christian?
According to recent survey by the Pew Research Center, the number of U.S. adults who...
February 25, 2015
I Belong to Jesus
Today we are happy to welcome back former Good Letters blogger Sara Zarr as a...
November 05, 2014
My Big Bang Theory
Guest post by Cathy Warner I awoke one morning from a recurrent nightmare of nuclear...
August 20, 2013
In drafting my last post, “Orthodox Films Fill the Void,” I intended to end the...
July 25, 2013
Belief and Belonging
Last week I went and watched my son graduate from Virginia Boys State. After the...
July 16, 2013
"One must have faith and pray; the water will have no virtue without faith." –St....
April 12, 2013
Wild-Eyed Youth Pastor
I recently found an unexpected e-mail in my in-box. It was from Joe, my youth...
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