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    The One Thing She Needed

    This post comes to us from Will Ryan: Once when I served as a youth minister during seminary, the church received a phone call from the county sheriff’s office. I was the only one in the building, so I answered it. The deputy on the phone detailed a situation. They were called to make a […]

    Wrestling with Scripture (and God)

    This one comes from our friend Robbie Sapunarich. The story of Jacob wrestling with an unnamed man at the ford of Jabbok might be one of the stranger episodes of the Old Testament. After sending his family across the stream, Jacob suddenly finds himself alone and wrestling with a stranger. The reader is never given […]

    What Then? Asking After Suffering and Sorrow with Thornton Wilder

    This post comes to us from Jonathan Linebaugh, Lecturer in New Testament at Cambridge University and a fellow of Jesus College:  “When a human being is made to bear more than a human being can bear, what then?” I can’t stop asking this question. Neither could its author: Thornton Wilder. An artist, according to Wilder, is […]

    A New Years Blend of Grief + Joy

    This post comes to us from Jessica Sherwood: The last two mornings I’ve drunk my coffee black. An ode of sorts to the precarious circumstances I find myself in over the past few weeks. For many, black coffee is a part of a daily routine. I’m more of a dollop of agave and a splash […]

    PZ’s January Movie Picks

    Ring in the New Year with some must-see movies on TCM. On this list you will find movies with grace in unexpected places, Christian themes, and overlooked gems. All times are Eastern; schedule subject to change. Dark Victory (1939), January 5th, 8:00 pm This is sort of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross 30 years before her time. Bette […]

    Demanding a Miracle in 2021

    This post comes to us from Alex Sosler, Assistant Professor of Bible and Ministry at Montreat College: I wonder if 2021 seems impossible to you. I know a new year can be a kick in the pants to your dreams and goals … at least for a few weeks. Perhaps you have a sin issue […]

    The Queen of Yoga and the Goodness of God

    This post comes to us from Nick Comiskey: You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea … how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil. (Acts 10:37-38) In a year where […]

    The Post-Christmas Blues and W. H. Auden’s Christmas Oratorio

    This post comes to us from Ken Wilson: “Tell all the truth but tell it slant,” Emily Dickinson famously wrote, warning that “the Truth’s superb surprise” may be “too bright for our infirm Delight,” too much for many of us to take in. Walker Percy, addressing one of the most difficult communications challenges in the […]

    Jesus is Your “White Christmas”

    This post comes to us from Jim Moore: We had a wonderful Christmas morning at our house. My stepson made a delicious breakfast, and everyone got lovely gifts. But this year was unique because we had heavy snow flurries until late Christmas night. It was beautiful, and none of us could remember when we last […]

    In the Shadow of Two Tyrants

    This post comes to us from Alison Kjergaard: They both had a problem. To Pontus Pilate it seemed like just a nuisance, an irritation that was thrust into his lap. For Herod the Great there had been whisperings that this would happen, but as the three foreigners approached, the problem was real. It was now […]

    Isn’t There Anyone Who Knows What Christmas Advent is All About?

    This post comes to us from Nate Mills: If you’re anything like me, the only Christmas movie you’ll be watching this holiday season is the Charlie Brown Christmas special. Somehow, I just can’t bring myself to watch anything else this year. It’d be easy enough to justify this feeling to myself as a protest against […]

    Putting the Christ in Christian: Do You Feel Uncomfortable Enough?

    This post comes to us from Bror Erickson: Christians live in tension and paradox, reflecting the many different maxims of Christ. We are to be in the world but not of the world. We are to lose our lives for Christ so that our lives will be saved. Perhaps the apostle that most exemplified this […]