Ellen Blue teaches at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Case by case
At first, Mandy was hesitant to come to the children's moment. Before long, some people thought she had become too comfortable in worship.
Roberta insisted that although her first husband had abused her, Hank had never hit her. Neither Ian nor Abigail believed these assurances.
The community Thanksgiving service would be at the Southern Baptist church that year, but it was Madeline's church's turn to supply the preacher.
Larry wondered what Stan wanted to see him about. Stan was not the sort of parishioner who often asked for counsel or help with a problem.
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