Last year’s nest

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Yesterday’s ideas can, and should, grow into better tomorrows. [Read more...]

Longing for Grace

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If you’d asked what I was doing inside a megachurch that sunny Sunday morning, I wouldn’t have had a clue. I’d left my children with their dad, intending to go home and work, maybe take a walk. But after few minutes alone in the car a familiar ache returned, the one that took over whenever busyness yielded to the backdrop of my impending divorce. [Read more...]

Christians and Spank Culture: How and Why to Stop It

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Between the “cool pope” speaking out in favor of physical discipline and Fifty Shades of Grey, spanking is back in the news. Though I come from an evangelical background, I admire the pope, and so found his latest comments frustrating. I don’t spank my children. (Full disclosure: my children are still quite young—but so far, [Read More...]

Eliminating evangelical double-speak about salvation

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What if salvation was experienced as a process of growth in love, rather than as a reward for believing a particular doctrine about Jesus? [Read more...]

One question fundamentalists cannot answer

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Why would God care more about what we believe about God, than how we live for God? [Read more...]

Keeping Hope Alive

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In Luke’s story about Mary and Joseph bringing Jesus to the temple (Luke 2:22-40) they meet two prophets, Simeon and Anna, both well along in years. Simeon and Anna had been patiently waiting and looking for “the redemption of Israel” (Luke 2:38) and for God’s salvation “prepared in the presence of all peoples” as “a [Read More...]

How do you know when you’ve had a divine encounter?

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Mary was willing to trust and surrender to the Great Love and Mystery that formed the Christ child in her. What about us? Are we open and receptive enough, willing to make space, time, and opportunity for the Christ image to be formed in us? [Read more...]

A Christmas Play Gone Awry (or maybe not)

When we turn away from a world in need, from the cries of creation for mending and healing, from our brothers and sisters who are lonely, oppressed, wounded, and lost, we turn away from Christ. [Read more...]


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