At a historical art exhibit, I read that the images on display were intended for private devotion. Would it have been subversive of me to pray?
Why I am not yet a Catholic
On two occasions I decided to become Catholic. Both times I had to wait because I had been asked to preach or preside as a Methodist.
Insights from Origen on prayer
Growing in prayer is not simply acquiring a set of special spiritual skills. It is growing into Christian humanity.
Instead of seeking the ability to deport Central American children faster, Obama should treat this situation as the refugee crisis it is.
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Whenever I go on vacation, I realize again how tangled up my faith practices are with my work. I am not proud to say it, and I begin each vacation time with a desire to encounter God on vacation in a different way than I do in my daily work.
Isaiah 55:1–5; Matthew 14:13–21
Years ago, at a denominational gathering, I heard a visitor from the global South say the following about North American Christians:
They have so many things. They don’t need anything. Yet it seemed like the people were very thirsty, like they were in a desert and we were bringing them drops of water.
These words refuse to leave me.
Nine ways we can help
Most of us have seen this coming for a decade, but it’s still startling to read the headlines in the Atlantic: The Vanishing of Middle Class Clergy.
None of this is news. We know pastors who feed their children with food stamps.
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The myth of the mainline
Bart Ehrman's How Jesus Became God