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Barn Boots and Blessings

Lenten ‘one mores’ Hope and love in the dark valley   by Donna Frischknecht Jackson   Even though I walk through the darkest valley … you are with me.  — Psalm 23 It is Lent and I have found myself walking in one of the darkest valleys one can walk — the valley of death…. Read more »

The B-Flat Christian

                Statue of “Christ the  Redeemer,” Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   What is a redeemer?   Its original meaning may surprise you   by Rebecca Lister But now, says the Lord— the one who created you, Jacob, the one who formed you, Israel: Don’t fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called… Read more »


The Missing Candle A Wedding Story by Ken Rummer   My vote for most dangerous part of a wedding? The unity candle.  A wick that refused to catch fire comes to mind. And I can still see the outdoor candle, just lit, that promptly succumbed to a mischievous breeze. In another wedding, two half-candles, individually… 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 »

The B-Flat Christian

The Needy and the Greedy What makes us afraid to give freely to the needy?     by Rebecca Lister   My son recently finished the requirements for the Boy Scout’s highest honor, Eagle Scout. As part of his final project, he designed and built a Little Free Pantry and a Little Free Library.  He… 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 »