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TLC: Think Like a Christian

Seeking transformation through the renewal of our minds ‘We’ve always done it that way’An ode to ruling elders and what’s really going on when a church member resists change by Jeffrey A. Schooley As a relatively new pastor, I’ve heard the phrase “We’ve always done it that way” enough times to drown in it. No… Read more »

Living In Between

Adventures of a Presbyterian pastor on a Jesuit campus How I found resurrection in the Holy LandLessons from a trip to Israel and Palestine by Abby King-Kaiser When an olive tree reaches a certain age, it develops a weathered and gnarly bark full of wrinkles that I hope my face will carry some day, wrinkles… Read more »

Not Quite Right

One slightly unhinged pastor’s attempt to love (and laugh with) a slightly unhinged church, from the inside out. Why (and how) to kill a church programWant a healthier church in 2016? Prune the tree! by Joshua Bower Here’s a typical week for my family, on top of school and work: Monday is my daughter’s gymnastics… Read more »

The No Shame Zone

One young person’s subversive thoughts on church and society   The FDA still doesn’t want gay bloodA recent change to policy underscores continuing discomfort with sex in our society and church. by Tad Hopp Recently, the FDA lifted the decades-old ban on gay men donating blood. This ban was put into effect at the height… Read more »

Ponderings

Things that make you go hmm . . .   The reason . . . What’s the reason for this Christmas season when not all of us are filled with glee? by Shanell T. Smith The reason for the seasonThe birth of Jesus ChristThe purpose for adventThe inception of his lifeThe joy of the SaviorThe… 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   A season of sharingA resource for Sunday’s liturgy based on Luke 3:7–14 by Magdalena I. García John said to the crowds… Read more »

Pastorish

Redefining where and when church happens   Approaching Advent as if it were my firstWhat martial arts have taught me about my approach to faith by Mieke Vandersall “I am completely lost,” I informed my 200+ pound, burly, male partner in aikido just the other day. I wasn’t exactly asking him to be nice to… Read more »

Reflections from the Frontline

A shared space to encounter God’s marvelous mission among all peoples   Do I dare accept refugees who could hurt us? A longtime advocate of asylum seekers wrestles with fear and faith in the wake of the Paris attacks. by Roberta Updegraff Courage is not simply one of the [Christian] virtues but the form of… 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   A season of preparingA resource for Sunday’s liturgy based on Luke 3:3–6 by Magdalena I. García [John] went into all the… Read more »

Ponderings

Things that make you go hmm . . .   Saying ‘no’ to say ‘yes’A poem about all the things the world tells us we “should” be doing by Shanell T. Smith Any ministry is good.If it’s what God is calling you to do.But if that’s not the case,It’s simply busy-work, my dude.God calls us… Read more »