The Spirit’s work in me is more often than not a slow series of micro-conversions.
Whereas trees held up by stakes and supports can potentially grow weaker, those that are left to “fend for themselves” against gentle and moderate winds grow stronger as their roots grow deeper.
It will take more time and money, but kingdom building was never going to be fast or cheap.
As a child I loved to pull my parents’ wedding album from under the bookshelf that held the fiction. I would dust it off and page through, pausing at my favorites. My parents’ wedding color was red, matching the church’s Christmas trees decorated with white lights and red bows. Candles lined the aisle and everything glowed.
One of the underlying principles of Reformed polity is mutual accountability—that church members and leaders are accountable to each other
The night I met the young street woman through whom God would open my eyes, the cold was especially penetrating.
Even though this outbreak presents serious challenges to our faith and institutions, it is worth pointing out that this is not the first time Christians have encountered harmful contagious diseases.
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Recalling the story of Jesus’ birth in this season is fitting and good.
In the moment, I was unable to see another way, and I chose the route of suicide in my attempts to stop the pain.
When you take leftovers home, they’re almost always given in Styrofoam containers that can’t be recycled. What’s the most stewardly option?
Change is rarely ever easy or painless. However, I am certain that there was never any ill intent on anyone’s part.
“Purity in the hands of a holy God is a powerful instrument.”
We as a Christian community benefit when silence is broken.
I see the discipline of Lenten fasting more as an opportunity to refocus our values, a regular reminder of our spiritual callings through giving up something we take for granted.
Moral virtue is at once something that God produces in us and at the same time something we need to work at. Moral character, in other words, is a work in progress.
Have you ever wondered why most animals have tails? What are they for? Just what do tails do anyway?
I set my bike on the ground and trotted over to the truck. Inside, a man was sitting upright behind the wheel, his head on his chest, his hands hanging limp in his lap. Something needed doing, but where to begin?
Can there be a morality or theology to the structures and systems of language?
My church no longer reads the Ten Commandments in worship. Isn’t hearing the Commandments an important part of our faith formation?
Philosopher Bernard Williams coined the term “moral luck” to describe circumstances where moral praise or blame is granted to a person because of circumstances beyond their control.
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