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Living In Between

Adventures of a Presbyterian pastor on a Jesuit campus   Fasting with MuslimsMy third Iftar as a campus minister, amid the swirling violence of Chapel Hill, Charlie Hebdo, and Chattanooga by Abby King-Kaiser The noise rose around me as I sat down with my overloaded paper plate. No one was yet at my table, but… Read more »

Writing in the Margins

Thinking with a not-so-colonized mind   A church for white people?Your mouth says, “Inclusion!” Your wallet says, “More of the same.” by Antonio “Tony” Aja What will the church be like when white people[1] become the minority in the United States? In an ever-increasing multi-cultural and multi-ethnic society—thanks mainly to immigration as well as higher… Read more »

PresbyHonest

Relevant truth telling with a queer twist   Crying my way through my first year of ministryIt sounds obvious, but few talk about it without the noble veneer of self-sacrifice: ministry is hard. by Layton E. Williams On August 1st, I will celebrate my one-year anniversary of working in ministry. When people ask how my… Read more »

TLC: Think Like a Christian

Seeking transformation through the renewal of our minds   Lessons in adoption How pet ownership is good training in discipleship by Jeffrey A. Schooley We Christians sometimes forget something: we are adopted. All of us. We have been redeemed and adopted by God through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Yes, yes, you say, but… Read more »

YoRocko Podcast

Conversations with church leaders about projects that matter   Rocky Supinger talks with Mark OestreicherMark Oestreicher, a prominent leader in youth ministry and widely-published author, talks about new approaches to youth ministry, the science of adolescent development, coaching, and the Youth Cartel.   <—- Mark Oestreicher has been involved in church ministry his whole life,… Read more »

Recovering Reverend

You can take the pastor out of the church, but you can’t take the Church out of the pastor.   I planted flowersHow an urban park project with youth defied hopelessness by Derrick Weston I’ve been working with a group of high school students for the last three weeks. We are fixing up an urban… Read more »

Pilgrim Poems

If not now, when?   Refugees for GodFor those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. —Mark 8:35 by Rose Niles I wonder ifwe reimaginechurchby walking inprophetic footsteps,carved-out legacies offearless self-inventory,listening to ancestral whispers,questioning:are… Read more »

YoRocko Podcast

Conversations with church leaders about projects that matter   Rocky Supinger talks with Ashley GoffAshley Goff, one of the most creative liturgical minds in the church today, talks about leading a liturgical die in and planning worship in ways you never imagined.   <—- Ashley Goff is the minister for spiritual formation at Church 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 drop in the bucketA reflection and confession based on John 6:1–13 by Magdalena I. García After this, Jesus went across… Read more »

Poking at Elephants

An evangelical’s (un)apologetic for the church   Dialogue to what end? Mutual respect is not enough. Truth matters. by Brandon Gaide Even as I write this article, I’m conflicted. I value dialogue, deeply. I’ve experienced firsthand the ways that dialogue can shape and influence my own attitudes and opinions. I don’t want to denigrate the… Read more »