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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 »

Pilgrim Poems

If not now, when?   Blind church by the roadsideA poem about fear based on Mark 10:47–49 by Rose Niles Jesus I am sittingon the side of the lifeI should be livingblindsomehowblindcrying out, “Son of Davidhave mercyon a daughter of David”tell me to be quietI ask too muchI have been blessedand squandered my blessingshushI’ll make… Read more »

The No Shame Zone

One young person’s subversive thoughts on church and society   Coming out is your choiceIn a culture that alternatingly shames those who publicly share their sexuality and those who keep it private, it’s time to recognize a range of valid coming-out choices. by Tad Hopp Recently, Oscar-winner Matt Damon has drawn criticism for comments made… 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   Disturbing criesA resource for Sunday’s liturgy based on Mark 10:46–52 by Magdalena I. García They came to Jericho. As he and… Read more »

Living In Between

Adventures of a Presbyterian pastor on a Jesuit campus   What a Catholic taught this Presbyterian about worshipDifferent emphases on the Word and the Eucharist open new possibilities. by Abby King-Kaiser I stood at the back of the room, nervously talking to Mike, our guest preacher, about the weather, the coming spring, and what I… Read more »

Scribbling Outside the Lines

Playing beyond the boundaries in hopes of finding God and inspiration   The calling(s) of multipotentialitesWe have not one, but many, vocations in this life. by Adam Walker Cleaveland “So, what is your calling?” As well-intentioned as that common question is, it does a disservice to many people, I think. If I were to suggest… 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   The seating chartA resource for Sunday’s liturgy based on Mark 10:35–45 by Magdalena I. García James and John, the sons of… Read more »

Swell

Blunt truth about church growth   Preaching for growthA few simple (but often overlooked) ideas for creating a sermon that connects with your congregation by David R. Collins What makes for good preaching? It depends on whom you ask. Some people feel like they’ve heard a good sermon if they leave church feeling really guilty… Read more »

Bloggers

The creators behind the Presbyterians Today blog, One Church Many Voices   Antonio “Tony” Aja WRITING IN THE MARGINSThinking with a not-so-colonized mind Antonio (Tony) Aja is a teaching elder member of the Presbytery of Santa Fe in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and currently serves as pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Santa Fe, New… Read more »