Samuel Wells is the vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London and author, most recently, of Learning to Dream Again: Rediscovering the Heart of God (Eerdmans).
I have conversations with a wide variety of clergy colleagues. But they're all the same conversation: "Is it well with your soul?"
I asked Michael's mother what it was like to say goodbye. "Oh, it wasn't much fun," she said. Then she told me what she put in the coffin.
I asked an older English woman who left the church long ago why she now wants to come back. Her response made the color drain from my face.
When I open the sanctuary doors in the morning, I see the face of Christ in the shadow side of the welfare state.
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