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Recovering reverend

Just Another Mass Shooting Refusing to adjust to this new norm by Derrick Weston When I woke to the news of the Orlando shooting on Sunday morning, I was immediately transported back to the Sunday morning I had to preach after Gabby Gifford was shot. And then to the morning when I had to preach… Read more »

Living in between

Can we talk? Let’s be inspired by love by Abby King-Kaiser It can take a great deal of bravery to go out—I mean really go out… late night, joyful, surrendering of self to community, surrendering of body to music, surrendering of despair to joy—as a member of the LGBTQ+ community in a society that is still… Read more »

TLC: Think like a Christian

The Orlando Mass Shooting Why prayer is our best option – right now By Jeffrey A Schooley Like most pastors (I suspect), I did not have the time or the skill to rework my sermon yesterday to incorporate the tragic events that happened at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. And so all I could do was… Read more »

justleros: more than nonsense / más que disparates

You can’t go through life A prayer poem to reflect on the mass shooting in Orlando by Magdalena I. García By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.  Galatians 5:22–23 You can’t go through life sowing seeds of… Read more »

justleros: more than nonsense / más que disparates

You gave me nothing A resource for Sunday’s liturgy based on Luke 7:36–50 by Magdalena I. García Then turning toward the woman, [Jesus] said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has bathed my feet with her tears and dried them… Read more »

Wisdom Journey

Do you have faith or belief? by N. Graham Standish Faith is like a knife: use it sparingly and it becomes little more than a dull trinket kept in a drawer, or a ceremonial trophy to be hung on a wall. But when it is sharpened and used in everyday life, it can cut through… Read more »

The unglued church

Becoming Billy Beane Getting unglued from old habits By Susan Rothenberg I love baseball. I grew up in a baseball loving family, married a baseball loving man, and have lived long enough to witness the Pittsburgh Pirates’ World Series victories in 1971 and 1979, as well 20 losing seasons. I also love baseball movies, including… Read more »

Swell

Creating Direction How to spark growth this fall in your congregation by David Collins Congregations that are stuck have many things in common with each other. The externals are obvious: declining membership, lack of energy, majoring in the minors, etc. But they also share many internals, beliefs and attitudes, which keep them from growing. One… Read more »

TLC: Think Like a Christian

By Jeffrey A. Schooley  Regressing? What to do when there aren’t many pros in being progressive I’m probably a progressive Christian. But I didn’t start that way. In fact, I didn’t start as a Christian at all. I [insert your preferred language for converting here] during my senior year of high school. And when I did… Read more »