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The B-Flat Christian

God is good Yes, but God is definitely not safe.   By Rebecca Crow Lister Several months ago, I had the pleasure of purchasing a used copy of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis. Bargain hunter that I am, I was thrilled, as it is it was only $3.50. It is my favorite… Read more »

Hopeful Church

Transforming worship from third person to first person Do we care what people are experiencing in worship?  by N. Graham Standish      What’s the most taboo topic in ministry, that one topic that neither pastors nor members like to talk about? Transforming worship. Failing to transform our worship is the main cause for our decline…. Read more »

The B-Flat Christian

    Palm crosses The struggle to comprehend God’s rescue plan for the world By Rebecca Crow Lister   Palm Sunday is one of the most festive days in the church year. In my own church, we waved our palms joyously. We belted out “All Glory, Laud, and Honor” as our organist pulled out all… Read more »

Hopeful Church

Are we leading with our whole brains? Overcoming half-brained leadership by N. Graham Standish  Is your leadership whole-brained or merely half-brained? Even more, is the mainline church decline really a matter of our being a bit too half-brained? Back when I was in high school there was a book that was the rage for a… Read more »

Hopeful Church

Are We Undone by Our Expectations? by N. Graham Standish  Years ago I worked with a deeply frustrated pastor. We’ll call him Wes. He couldn’t get his church to engage in almost any meaningful ministry or mission. A dinner to support a missionary? Too few signed up. Being more involved in the local food cupboard?… Read more »

Step by Step: Faithfully Seeking Climate Justice

All together now Changes to make for changing planet   by abby mohaupt   I was recently interviewed by a German newspaper about the role of climate change denial and how one organizes a response to climate change. He wanted to know how climate change denial (by lobbyists and the fossil fuel industry) affects climate… Read more »

Step by Step: Faithfully Seeking Climate Justice

Home for Christmas *by abby mohaupt In those days Caesar Augustus declared that everyone throughout the empire should be enrolled in the tax lists. This first enrollment occurred when Quirinius governed Syria. Everyone went to their own cities to be enrolled. Since Joseph belonged to David’s house and family line, he went up from the… Read more »

Genealogy Gems

Unexpected Surprises What genealogies reveal by Rebecca Lister    Do you ever get irritated when reading genealogies in the Bible? All that “so-and-so begat so-and-so…” Most of the time, we just skip over these lists of unpronounceable names to get to the good parts that really matter. Yet, genealogies hold deep meaning for us if we… Read more »

Step by Step: Faithfully Seeking Climate Justice

A turtle’s gift of grace by abby mohaupt   On June 1, 2018, I left the headquarters of the PC(USA) with about 20 other people, people who were committed building a fossil free PC(USA). We didn’t get into our cars and we didn’t call a Lyft. Instead, we walked. We walked about 15 miles that day. And the… Read more »

Gospel & Inclusivity

Pilgrims, turkey and kimchi Thanksgiving is an immigration story  by Samuel Son   A year ago, I was going through my parents’ photo album to put together a digital slideshow for my mother’s 70th birthday bash. That’s when I happened upon this photo. This was our first thanksgiving in America. As you can tell from… Read more »