It’s time to honor the hard work of raising children

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The church should be at the vanguard of a much-needed revolution in caretaking and the raising of children, says a young mother of four. We own the groundwork, the history and the theology of care.  This article originally appeared at Faith and Leadership. By Andrea Palpant Dilley A male friend of mine recently struck up [Read More...]


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Why Poor People Stay Poor

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An article was published recently in Slate about this; it’s an excerpt from Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America by Linda Tirado.  Her point is that it’s hard to follow the good advice that exists about saving money when you have no money and no safety net. Thought-provoking. Check it out. One time I [Read More...]


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Praise God for the ministry of people who drive snowplows! #WinterStormJonas

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  O ye Showers and Dew, bless ye the Lord: * praise him, and magnify him for ever. O ye Winds of God, bless ye the Lord: * praise him, and magnify him for ever. O ye Fire and Heat, bless ye the Lord: * praise him, and magnify him for ever. O ye Winter [Read More...]


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Paralyzed by Grace? What We Can Learn From Monastic Discipline

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Adapted from Grateful to the Dead.   We wonder today why we are spiritually anemic. This post from the monasticism chapter of my forthcoming Medieval Wisdom: An Exploration with C S Lewis moves on from the first of the “principles of mastery”–passion–to the third–discipline. Holiness is not optional, and it requires effort All this talk of [Read More...]


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VIDEO: How Faithful Churches Create Flourishing Communities

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Here’s an inspiring talk on a vision for churches and their communities delivered by Charlie Self at an Oikonomia Network event on June 19, 2015.  For more, check out http://www.oikonomianetwork.org. [Read more...]


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The feast of Christ the King (or, did Gandalf put on the Ring?)

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Originally published at Ithilien in 2004. This is the day when Episcopalians and Methodists celebrate a 20th-century Roman Catholic feast by singing a hymn (All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name) written by a particularly obnoxious Baptist (Edward Perronet–ex-Methodist and all-out dissenter who launched vicious attacks on John Wesley). In other words, a truly ecumenical [Read More...]


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