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One person who has been making a difference in this troubled 21st century is Jean Vanier, a man who started a movement by simply inviting mentally disabled friends to share his home. Vanier was recently awarded the 2015 Templeton Prize for what began as a simple gesture of welcome.
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What’s so delightful about Martha Spong’s new book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit, is that she lets a little girl make the case in the book’s opening chapter written by the Rev. Ruth Everhart. Indignant at the injustice of her family’s church leadership refusing to ordain her mother—or any woman—young Hannah Everhart declared to her mother: "Even a first grader knows you’re a good minister. Stupid-heads!"
Ben Pratt remembers the losses we have experiences this Memorial Day.
This article is a portion of Buechner's commentary about preaching when he spoke at the Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College in April 2004.
"For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God" (Colossians 3:3). How exactly does this 'spiritual dying' fit in with the practice of contemplative spirituality? One reader of this blog is curious about this.
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A friend was going to seminary, and she became very disappointed that someone in her home church did not send her a birthday card. When I heard this story, I thought that the church probably did her a favor, because it’s good to know that there are a lot of things that the church cannot do for you once you become a pastor.
We sit there Sunday after Sunday. We do our own faith-work, coming to conclusions about what matters and doesn’t, about what we believe and about what we don’t believe. Help us to understand you and help yourself to communicate the Gospel. Please consider the following advice...
It’s hard to have mercy for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. It was Jesus who said, 'Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.' And he certainly demonstrates that mercy on the cross as he forgives the people nailing him to it. But as a follower of Christ, mercy seems like an audacious thing to ask of us.