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5 Pivotal Books That Enlarged My Faith

Despite the belief that we’re open minded and informed, the way we interpret the information around us is critically tied to our social environment and history. The worlds we inhabit inform the way we define terms, confirm biases, and make generalizations. This isn’t good or bad—it just is. It takes more work than we realize to ensure […]

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Is the Sinner’s Prayer a Sacrament?

[caption id="attachment_911" align="alignright" width="300"] Original image by C. Jill Reed[/caption] Our small group recently acquired a new member who at one point called us all “fools” for being Christians. She said it with a jesting smile, but truly, she considered herself some sort of atheist, and us a bunch of dupes. We have appreciated her […]


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5 Reasons I’ve Considered Dropping Facebook

“Are you sure you want to deactivate this account?” The words across the page cause me to pause. My index finger hovers over the enter key, sweat begins to bead on my brow. Deactivate? My Facebook account? Why would I do such a thing? And yet I’ve been thinking about this for months. It’s like […]


Jesus

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5 Sobering Reflections on the Sheep and the Goats Parable

There’s something about Jesus’ sheep and the goats parable that I find harrowing. It captivates me like none of his other teachings—and haunts me. “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people […]

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Scripture

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Can We Talk about Biblical Illiteracy in the Church?

“Mystics without study are only spiritual romantics who want relationship without effort.”—Calvin Miller I live in a quaint American town—a Norman Rockwellian picture of small-town USA. There’s a church on almost every corner and a palpable sense of nostalgia down every street. It’s a farm town full of old Dutch families who still resort to their mother […]

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Social Issues

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4 Lessons I’ve Learned from the (Hateful) Ministry of Fred Phelps

Fred Phelps, the Westboro Baptist Church patriarch, is dying. It’s been revealed that he’d been excommunicated from the church he had pastored for 59 years in August, 2013, and is living out his final days in hospice care. It’s strange to think that Phelps, a lawyer and founder of a Topeka, KS law firm in […]

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The Church

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An Open Letter to the church from the Church on Tithing

Dear church, You want us to tithe, and we can appreciate that. We’ve listened to your sermons, read your books, and understand all of the arguments for tithing as both a principle and a discipline. But there are a couple of things we feel the need to talk about: Tithing is hard for a lot of people, often for […]

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