He looked no more than 14 as he came forward to welcome me with a hearty handshake. Assuming he was a primary school pupil, I asked about his teacher. He responded, “Hello, ma’am. I am the teacher.” Still skeptical, I began a full-scale inquisition: How old are you? How long have you been a teacher? Which class are you teaching? And finally, are you really the teacher?
Westminster John Knox Press has announced that “Resist and Persist: Faith and the Fight for Equality” by Erin Wathen and “Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians” by Austen Hartke have been recognized as finalists in the 21st annual Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards.
There are many of us who don’t necessarily have much use for church anymore, but who love people and who want to do good in the world. Organized religion just doesn’t appeal to us. But that doesn’t mean we can’t serve God or that God doesn’t love us.
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings be made for everyone.” — 1 Timothy 2:1