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NOW AVAILABLE: StoryMakers – Adventure Three: The Stars!

Drum roll please!!! We are thrilled to announce that StoryMakers’ next kidzine has arrived and is available through the online shop! After the adventures of Creation and The Flood, you can continue the journey through the new zine…The Stars. Have you ever considered how complicated it would be to explain to your friends, let alone […]

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, […]

The Parable of the Gambling Chips

I’d like to tell you a story about three guys who go on a trip to a casino in Las Vegas. There is a twist, which is that the owner of the casino is God, the manager is Jesus, and the bartender is St. Paul. Wouldn’t that be a sight to see? The three friends […]

“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 […]

This Abundant Life

“Today I know that it is a good idea to stop having experiences, whatever the genre, and to limit oneself to living: to allow life to express itself as it is, and not to fill it with the artifice of our travels or readings, relationships or passions, spectacles, entertainments, searches…. All of our experiences tend […]

Exorcisms, Jesus, and Modernity

You’ve probably never met a demon, at least not face-to-face. And so far as I know, neither have I. Jesus, by contrast, met them all the time—he even chatted with them a bit on some occasions. The disciples often do much of the same, both during and after Jesus’ ministry. The idea that demons are […]

When Your Worst Day Is Preparation Day (Mark 15:43-47)

This morning’s devotion was excerpted from An Easy Stroll Through a Short Gospel: Meditations on Mark, by Larry Parsley. Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. (15:43) If true love asks for nothing in return, […]

You’re Gonna Be in Babylon for a While

This one comes to us from Chase Benefiel. At that time, says the LORD, I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people. Thus says the LORD: The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness; when Israel sought for rest, the Lord appeared to him from […]

Easter Saturday Is a Lot Like Today

This reflection was written by Abigail Brougher: In normal times many Christians spend the Saturday before Easter grocery shopping and preparing our tables and ironing our Easter dresses. We spend the day with the understanding that Easter is coming. Resurrection is coming. Jesus’ disciples spent that Saturday very, very differently. Their understanding was that he […]

More than Lament: the Strange Boldness of Christianity

Our experience of the pandemic has changed on an almost daily basis. I live in the New York area and it seems that the country has moved from laughing at the inconveniences of social distancing, to the stresses of home isolation, and now to the tragedy of knowing people who have contracted the virus, some […]

When Jesus Got Infected

This one was written by Josh Musser Gritter: Recently my friend reminded me of something Jewish theologian, Abraham Joshua Heschel, once said. He said that we so often live the life of faith in the world of production. We produce, work, build, make. Most of our lives are spent in the rat-race achieving rather than […]

Hope Is the Thing With Feathers: Jesus Is a Bad Birdwatcher

“Hope” is the thing with feathers – That perches in the soul – And sings the tune without the words – And never stops – at all – And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard – And sore must be the storm – That could abash the little Bird That kept so many […]