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Theology Lessons from a Ghetto Star

When the phone rang at his friend’s house, Tommy Shakur Ross picked up the receiver. And into his ears fell razor-sharp words that would keep falling and falling, shredding his insides in their violent descent… Tommy—who goes by Shakur—was a member of the L.A. gang, the Eight Trays. Raised by a minister father and church-going […]

Laughing at Our Trophies

A few years ago I ran my first half-marathon. And won. By accident. The northern panhandle city of Amarillo, Texas, boasts scant trees, passels of cowboys, and a handful of runners who—taking Bob Seger literally—are always “running against the wind.” It was no exception on September 1, 2009, when I lined up with hundreds of […]

The Lord’s (Subversive) Supper

This post was written by Chad Bird. I learned the basics of table fellowship where many others did: in the elementary school cafeteria. Gripping my cadaver-colored tray swimming in gravy, meatloaf, and green beans, I’d scan the tables. Where to sit? I dropped more footballs than I caught, so I couldn’t jazz with the fourth-grade […]

Easter Is God’s Great Yes to Earth

This Easter Monday reflection comes to us from our friend Chad Bird. This is the annual time of year some Christians roll their eyes as they tsk-tsk over eggs and bunnies smothering the real meaning of Easter. I beg to differ. If anyone needs to roll his eyes, it’s God as he sees some of his […]

Roses for Your Sin

This beautiful story comes to us from Julian Brooks: The following is a true story. But before I share it, here’s a brief disclaimer that should keep in perspective the purpose of this story, of why it is worth sharing. Grace cannot guarantee results or change. If it could, it would simply turn back into law. Law promises […]

Another Week Ends: Francis I and God as Love, Llewyn Davis Is a Failure, More Brene Brown, Questing Against the Wind, the Horror of Breakfast Meetings, Christmas Is Alright, and the Death of the Funeral

1. Reflections on Pope Francis continue, with the increasingly-familiar tension between acclamation for the Pope’s compassionate, grace-focused tone and suspicion, from another camp, concerning his lack of doctrinal rigidity. Enter Rod Dreher, the prolific ex-Catholic writer, who published a while back in Time an essay saying the following: I fear his merciful words will be received not as […]