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Fresh from the Farm

A pastor of a rural church explores matters of faith   Wanting a city, loving the countryThe blessings of rural ministry by Ben Beres She just started laughing. My sister was in town recently to watch our boys for a couple days, and I was checking off my last-minute chores. She’d come a little early… Read more »

A Mote in Minerva’s Eye

Seeing without categorizing   Who are the destitute?In search of a true Communion in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) by Anita Coleman For all have cast in of that which they had in abundance, but she of her destitution has cast in all that she had, the whole of her living. —Mark 12:44 (“The widow’s offering,”… Read more »

justleros = more than just nonsense or disparates

A space for a contemporary woman disciple to give voice to justice concerns in a world where some still think that women’s words are just leros (Greek for “nonsense”) or, in Spanish, disparates   Meager offeringsA resource for Sunday’s liturgy based on Mark 12:38–44 by Magdalena I. García As he taught, he said, “Beware of… Read more »

Pastorish

Redefining where and when church happens   Jump!What conquering a fear of heights taught me about being the church by Mieke Vandersall I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one… Read more »

Reflections from the Frontline

A shared space to encounter God’s marvelous mission among all peoples   Discerning fact from fiction on the refugee frontlinesA mission-experienced Presbyterian reflects on the arguments for and against resettlement. by Roberta Updegraff “It’s all a lie.” A fellow Presbyterian had felt the need to correct my understanding of the plight of thousands of Central… Read more »

Down Like Waters

The justice-minded musings of a minister   When love bears too many things Why congregations need to get serious in the fight against domestic violence by T. Denise Anderson I live and minister in Prince George’s County, Maryland. “PG County,” as we affectionately call it, is a wonderful and interesting place to live. Nearly 65… Read more »

PresbyHonest

Relevant truth telling with a queer twist   I love Jesus but sometimes I don’t like himIs Jesus sexist? Well, yeah, sort of. by Layton E. Williams Last month, as Pope Francis made his first visit to the United States and “popemania” took over the country and social media, I followed the events of his… Read more »

justleros = more than just nonsense or disparates

A space for a contemporary woman disciple to give voice to justice concerns in a world where some still think that women’s words are just leros (Greek for “nonsense”) or, in Spanish, disparates   Clinging peopleA resource for Sunday’s liturgy based on Ruth 1:6–14 and Mark 12:28–31 by Magdalena I. García Then [Naomi] started to… Read more »

TLC: Think Like a Christian

Seeking transformation through the renewal of our minds   Churches, stop counting your members!A scary story about the Fear-monster in your church’s basement by Jeffrey A. Schooley Since it is Halloween time, I want to tell you a scary story about “Fear-monster.” Fear-monster lives in the basement of your church. He lurks there, consuming the… Read more »

Recovering Reverend

You can take the pastor out of the church, but you can’t take the Church out of the pastor.   Things I miss from my evangelical daysI love much about being Presbyterian, but it’s time for these “frozen chosen” to thaw out beside the fires of our evangelical brethren. by Derrick L. Weston I have… Read more »