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    The Resurrection in “The Old Man and the Sea”

    This post comes to us from Bror Erickson The bones at the end of the “The Old Man and the Sea,” the skeleton of the big fish, always captures my attention as a strange metaphor for that empty tomb. What should be a symbol of failure signals the salvation of Santiago, the Old Man. So, […]

    Great Marriages Don’t Just Happen (And Other Threats Disguised as Sermons)

    This one comes from Jonny Wills: Dallas Baptist University looks idyllic in fading sunlight. It perfectly fits the image of a city on a hill. Students stroll between replicas of historical buildings designed to resemble famous U.S. landmarks like the U.S. Supreme Court Building, Monticello and Harvard Hall. These monuments comprise a campus defined by […]

    The Relief of Comedy

    This delightful post comes from Ben Fort: Back in September, a sermon went viral. A British pastor was praised for a grace-filled rebuttal to the burdensome false teachings found in the video of a fellow clergyman. This kind of interaction isn’t surprising to anyone on Christian Twitter, except the debate wasn’t about the Trinity or […]

    Doing, Being, Asking

    This one was written by Kurt Armstrong: Six years ago a friend of mine hired me to replace the front steps of his house, and two days into the job, when I got out of bed in the morning my left knee was so stiff I could hardly bend it. I hadn’t crashed or fallen […]

    The God on the Cross: How Christianity Rigged the System

    This one was written by David Clay: The second stanza of Weird Al’s affectionate send-up of Amish culture, “Amish Paradise,” opens with the narrator running into some trouble with the “English”: A local boy kicked me in the butt last week I just smiled at him and I turned the other cheek I really don’t […]

    500 Miles and 40 Years of Healing

    Thankful for this one from Joseph McSpadden. I have been rescued by music on more than one occasion. Several times the Comforter has used a song as a way to open me up, and bring healing. This is one story of how He showed up in melodies when I felt most abandoned. My father was […]

    Grandmommy’s Grace

    This one comes to us from Will Ryan. My birthday, May 14th, has always been a source of pride for me. It’s not a particularly momentous day in the grand scheme of things, but in the particular year I was born, that day happened to be Mother’s Day. I’ve always reveled in being able to […]

    “But If Not”: God is With Us in the Furnace

    This one comes to us from Kristi Crum. In this time of social distancing, it has been interesting to witness how different people respond to the coronavirus and the fears it has wrought. This week, I realized my own response finds its root in my ultimate fear, “Am I doing or being enough?” Recently, as […]

    How Depression Prepared Me for the Coronavirus or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Uncertainty

    Trevor Almy sent us this beautiful reflection. For Chris Crane As we approach the end of our shelter-in-place orders, I have been reflecting on how, although I have an anxiety-based disorder, I have not panicked from the external crisis or from being sequestered. Paradoxically, the coronavirus has given me an outward threat to direct my […]

    Broken at the Roots

    This one comes to us from Josh Musser Gritter: I don’t have a green thumb. I couldn’t tell you the difference between a hydrangea and a hosta—nor did I know what a hosta was until I realized they were growing next door. If the Rabbi’s are right that Moses secured his calling when he “turned […]

    Quarantine Side Effects: The Mini Existential Crises from Staying at Home

    This one comes to us from Lydia Suitt. For most of us, the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a dramatic change of pace in our lives. It has been, in a word, disorienting. For me, it has involved a more relaxed morning routine, less frequent showers, significantly more screen time, difficulty sleeping, less time outdoors, and […]

    The Freedom to Do Nothing

    The following was written by Sarah Denley Herrington. What a time to be alive! I’ve been comforted and inspired by the frequency of seeing a gracious word here and there on social media. But it gnaws at me, the guilt I feel when I don’t do enough. I recently decided to get on Facebook (which […]