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    When Revenge Turns into Forgiveness in The Last of Us

    This post comes to us from Blake Nail: Today’s video games are far more than what they used to be. Nowadays video games aren’t just a quick match of paddling a ball back and forth on a screen. Now we have grand narratives and entire worlds being built and developed within the product. While there […]

    Grace and Justice Beyond the Grave: The Memory of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    This excellent post comes to us from Johanna Hartelius and Jason Micheli. Together, they host the podcast Crackers and Grape Juice. The incomparable Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died last week, having served on the Supreme Court for nearly three decades. She was a fearless leader of the court’s liberal wing, a feminist trailblazer, a “lady,” […]

    Don’t Overthink It: The Gospel We All Need

    Thankful for this post from Matt Metevelis: I lead with my head. I am always more comfortable with things when I can analyze and argue about or with them. My wife is very leery of asking me questions that involve more than a simple answer. I’ve been interrupted and asked for the “Reader’s Digest Version” […]

    Experiencing Law and Gospel Through Dostoevsky and Jesus

    Grateful for this post from Lisa Cooper: For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. (Rom 3:20) If you had asked me as a fourteen-year-old where I was destined to be after I died — Heaven or Hell? — I […]

    Longing for Egypt in the COVID Desert

    Thankful for this post from Jane Grizzle: Yesterday, NPR ran a story about the shortage of Ball canning goods, namely lids. Apparently everyone who chose gardening as their pandemic drug of choice is now worried about what to do with the bushels of tomatoes and cucumbers overtaking their yards. And Ball, surprised like the rest […]

    Deprive Them of Their Pathos: Partisan Politics, Social Media, and Karl Barth

    This one comes to us from Jason Micheli. You would never guess it from the way they greet one another along the sidewalk in the morning or wave as they jog their dogs after work, but just about everyone in my neighborhood believes America’s partisan cold war is about to ignite with fire and fury. […]

    Losing Our Religion, Finding Good News

    This post comes to us from Taylor Mertins:  A clergy colleague told me on the phone last week, “Our online worship numbers have gone down week after week even though I keep telling my people to invite more people, and to pray harder, and to read their Bibles. None of it seems to work … […]

    What Lies Beneath: The Horror Story Of Our Hidden Monsters

    This post comes from Josh Irby. Josh and his wife advocate for orphaned children in Eastern Europe in partnership with the non-profit Lost Sparrows. Horror films are not my favorite genre, but I have seen my share over the years. Most follow the same basic plot-line: A city/institution/family/individual lives in peace and security, until strange […]

    God’s Little Puzzle Pieces

    The reflection comes to us from Casey Wilson: We are puzzle pieces. A strange thing to say, but it is true. Ever wondered what your purpose is? Or struggled with your identity? Or wonder where your life fits into the bigger picture in relation to the people around you? I’ve had moments like these in […]

    When the “Cart Narcs” Come for You

    Grateful for this post from Blake Nail:  Anyone who’s been to the grocery store is well aware of the temptation gnawing at you as the cart is emptied into the back of the car and an option is now presented before you. The cart corral is perhaps an aisle over, or maybe the sun has […]

    Pandemics and the Theology of the Cross: Julian of Norwich’s Hope

    This post comes to us from Nathan White. White serves as the Executive Director of the Institute for Faith and Resilience, which seeks to connect theology and social scientific scholarship with communities of faith. If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Ps 11:3) The psalmist posed this query almost three millennia ago, […]

    Review: Reading While Black: African American Biblical Exegesis as an Exercise in Hope

    Grateful for this post from Heather Strong Moore: Black people are not dark-skinned white people. This was a mantra used over and over again by the first black man to work in advertising in Chicago. He began his career in 1961 when all advertising was targeted at white consumers. As the field began to realize […]