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Lying there A resource for Sunday’s liturgy based on John 5:1–9 by Magdalena I. García Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha[i], which has five porticoes. In these lay many invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus… Read more »

TLC: Think Like a Christian

by Jeffrey A. Schooley Size Matters But not for the reasons you think I might be a pastor of a small church. I say “might be,” because I honestly have no idea what constitutes a small, mid-sized, and mega church. I’ve heard it said that a mega-church is any church with 1,000 or more members…. Read more »

Swell

Church growth is not about the easy externals of church life. It is about communicating and embodying the good news of Jesus Christ, sharing it with your community in ways that they will hear it, daily laboring to follow in Christ’s steps as his disciples. It is about remembering that we are promised the grace that comes from a cross, not a smoothie machine. 

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We’ve been here before

A Holy Week reflection for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday We’ve been here beforeA Holy Week reflection for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday by Patrick David Heery, editor The following reflection was delivered at the Holy Week worship service at the Presbyterian Center, the national office of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), a place undergoing significant… Read more »

Whispering with the Wind

Sharing a witness of Word and thought, as led by the Spirit. Let anyone who has ears . . . A Black history reading of 1 Corinthians 10:1–13A retelling of the Black experience in the United States by Derrick McQueen Last February, during Black History Month, I read this 1 Corinthians text and felt as… Read more »

Pilgrim Poems

If not now, when? Love speaksA poem about conquering fear by Rose Niles TheResurrected JesusSpeaksMainlyOf conquering fear—“Do not be afraid”Over and over—I consulted the exhaustiveConcordanceAnd this is trueAttestedBy all the witnessesWe have—Do not be afraidDo not be afraid—Every time JesusShows up to meAnd to us allThe greeting of all greetings:Do not be afraid.When we are… Read more »

We need more shepherds to walk these dark valleys

An essay on how to care for the victims of shootings—by someone who has counseled more than 90 families in 10 years Joy comes in the morning for trauma survivors. We need more shepherds to walk these dark valleysAn essay on how to care for the victims of shootings—by someone who has counseled more than… Read more »

TLC: Think Like a Christian

Seeking transformation through the renewal of our minds When to leave a churchSpiritual health, church decisions, and asking the right questions by Jeffrey A. Schooley I love Chipotle. I love everything about it. When the CDC cleared it of any E. Coli outbreaks recently, I was overjoyed—excessively overjoyed. I mean, it almost made my pastoral… Read more »