Every Platform an Altar

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by Ann Voskamp He must become greater; I must become less. – John 3:30 Matthew 20:26 “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.” When that plucky Jennifer Lawrence kid in her festooning white gown trips trying to get up on that platform to get her Oscar—the world falls in love a bit more for [Read More...]

Fracturedness and Our Need for Lent

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by Sam Van Eman I enjoy reading both online and offline. Subjects include advertising, small groups, Abraham Lincoln, fairy tales, “cool,” Old Testament history, augmented reality, furniture restoration and the contrasting perspectives of the NY Times and Fox News on President Obama. Can you say “variety”? In the past week, however, I’ve encountered a concentration of articles on busyness. Is [Read More...]

We Are All Connected: Rembembering Birmingham

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Ed Gilbreath says that Letter from Birmingham Jail is representative of the heart of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s oall message. His message was one of reconciliation. King believed that we’re all connected. As a result, he struggled with the idea that anything could separate us. Black, white, red, brown… we all have the same Spirit. King’s [Read More...]

Centered.org: Lifting the Name of Jesus High

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by Christine A. Scheller “Stories allow us to travel, time and again, outside the circumscribed spaces of what we believe and what we think possible. It is these journeys – sometimes tenuous, sometimes exhilarating – that inspire and steel us to navigate uncharted territories in real life.” –Elizabeth Svoboda,  Aeon magazine. At The High Calling, [Read More...]

Resolutions or Not, Here I Come

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by Sam Van Eman I’m convinced that we wouldn’t have so many New Year’s resolutions—kept or unkept—if the stretch from Thanksgiving Turkey Feasts to New Year Ball Drops occurred in, say, August. We’ve packed November and December so full of holidays that this period has turned into one giant year-end party. I like it, of [Read More...]

Reimagining Annie: An Interview with Devon Franklin

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It seems that Scrooge has hit the new “Annie” remake (starring Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhane Wallis, the award’s youngest ever nominee) with a one-two punch, as both bad reviews and a Sony Pictures Entertainment hacking scandal have thwarted high holiday hopes for the film’s opening December 19. Before this gloomy news made [Read More...]


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