The church is a community of vulnerability. And God intends that to be our strength.
You cannot resolve the conflicts within your parents’ marriage that are highlighted by these political differences.
Life, in the Bible, is relatedness. It is about belonging, body and soul, to God, and secondarily, to belong in a community.
How do you keep warm in the winter? Maybe you wear a sweater or a winter coat. But how do animals keep themselves warm?
How can we trust that the Bible we have is any good if the canon was selected by the early church and preserved by church tradition?
It was mid-December. We were all waiting. But we weren't waiting like the rest of the world.
People are willing to die for their faith in God. People are not willing to die for their faith in Santa Claus.
Not everyone celebrates Christmas the same way we do here in North America.
The measures churches have implemented to protect people are largely reactionary, not preventative. How do you hedge against a sin that originates in the human heart?
Experts can usually tell when something has been manipulated, but what about the rest of us?
The opportunities and open doors to reach out to those who are “least” are without limit.
At the risk of insulting the intelligence of his student, Solomon calls him a “sluggard” and tells him to go learn how to live wisely from an insect.
Babel is, after all, the key narrative to which we can trace the origins of our current predicament of globalization.
Eating that soup—it was as if God was inviting me to be part of the family.
I was not the man of God I had portrayed; instead, I was in need of restoration and healing grace.
If I only publish articles I fully agree with, then I would be guilty of turning The Banner into my own personal megaphone.
I wonder if the faithfulness required of us, as we wait for our wedding feast to begin, is a kind of political chastity.
Many of my students ask whether you can have a calling if you do not believe in God.
Is it smart to give money outright like this to young people with no directions?
There’s a certain spirituality that adorned our council rooms in the past, and that’s what might be oozing away.
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I felt badly about throwing away so many things, but I had to remind myself: it is not my fault my ancestors kept these things. I am not responsible to inherit all my mother’s belongings.
Our house isn’t really “ours.” We’re temporary caretakers of a home that will stand, Lord willing, long after we’re gone.
A church denomination intent on family unity has a chance of finding a way to remain united.