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    Healing in the Middle

    Healing in the Middle

    This piece comes to us from Andrew Taylor-Troutman. When I say Asa, I sing Asa – Bry Webb, “Asa” Our middle child is named Asa, which means Healer in Hebrew. His biblical namesake was the fifth ruler in the House of David, the third king of Judah. In his two and a half years, our […]

    When Obligation Freezes the Feelings: Sensing God with C.S. Lewis

    When Obligation Freezes the Feelings: Sensing God with C.S. Lewis

    This one comes to us from Scott Dalton. I thought I saw how stories of this kind [fairy tales] could steal past a certain inhibition which had paralyzed much of my own religion in childhood. Why did one find it so hard to feel as one was told one ought to feel about God or about the […]

    We Once Were Lost

    We Once Were Lost

    This reflection comes to us from Andreas Thiel. Two afternoons every week, I take a short drive to our local Long Term Care facility. On these occasions, I put my day-to-day parish responsibilities aside, for the purpose of serving as Chaplain to this community of (mostly) senior citizens. Now into my fourth month on the job, […]

    <i>Eighth Grade</i>: AKA Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride

    Eighth Grade: AKA Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride

    This reflection comes to us from Andy Clack. Middle school. Boys. Girls. Assemblies. Lockers. Meatloaf. Gym class. Talent shows. Choir practice. Braces. Acne. Whispering. Giggling. Blushing. Looking away. FREAKING OUT. Your mind grows. Your body changes. Your spirit breaks. Your parents suck. No, seriously, they’re the worst. Middle school. I think about it a lot, […]

    Microplastics and Macrograce

    Microplastics and Macrograce

    This one comes to us from Amanda McMillen.  I come from a family of Greek women that collect seashells. On every beach trip, we’d pack empty buckets and leave room in the car to lug our treasures home. I’ve since learned that stealing pounds of shells from beaches is not good practice for clams and […]

    Movies Are Prayers: An Interview With Josh Larsen

    Movies Are Prayers: An Interview With Josh Larsen

    This interview comes to us from Daniel Melvill Jones. Josh Larsen is a rare film writer who effortlessly interacts with two distinct audiences. Josh is the co-host of Filmspotting, a public radio show and one of the most popular film podcasts. But Josh also is the editor of Think Christian, an online magazine associated with […]

    After Suicide

    After Suicide

    This one comes to us from Faith Perry. Hi, my name is Faith. I’m in Room 22. Today I’m feeling anxious and confused. My goal for the day is to get the most out of groups.” “Faith. Faith is feeling anxious and confused. Her goal for today is to get the most out of the […]

    Catch Me

    Catch Me

    This one comes from Andrew Taylor-Troutman.  A new friend, who is joining the church I serve, offered a Rumi reading to me from his morning devotional: Hold up a mirror to your worst destructive habits, for that is how the real making begins. ~ 1995 was my first year of high school. That spring, my […]

    Buster

    Buster

    This reflection comes to us from Rob Jirucha. Things like that always happen to you,” a good friend once said. This following a set of stitches on my chin from a dumpster behind a grocery store. Long story. But true enough. Like the family trip to Newport, Rhode Island. Over the unnecessarily too-high, pee-my-pants bridge. To […]

    Lucid Absurdities: The Gospel and a Life of Meaning

    Lucid Absurdities: The Gospel and a Life of Meaning

    This one comes to us from the Rev. Aaron Boerst. Have you ever been on the receiving end of the kind of inquisitive gaze that makes a person look like a confused puppy? I have. Everybody has at least one friend who, without warning and without frame of reference, bursts into a conversation with some […]

    The Difficulty of Drawing Near the Suffering

    The Difficulty of Drawing Near the Suffering

    This comes to us from Father Kenneth Tanner.  When I first came to the parish I serve, there were about twenty persons over the age of seventy. We have since buried a few, some have retired to Florida or warmer states, but until recently about half were still active participants in our worship and community. […]

    Deep Water

    Deep Water

    This one comes to us from Jay Wamsted. It was only after the Parkland tragedy that the high school where I teach began having active shooter drills. We had dusty protocols in place already, and I can remember doing some sort of drill years ago. This winter, however, we reacted to the mass shooting in […]