My struggles with the creed
When the congregation starts reciting the creed, I do one of two things: argue with it in my head, or zone out and stop listening.
My dad’s descent into depression
At a chemical level, it didn’t matter that we loved him. It couldn’t penetrate the shield around his sense of self-worth.
Reading a parable in prison
"Why you even invite us to any of this," asked Richard, "if you’re just gonna humiliate us and throw us out anyway?"
How a building can serve a church’s mission
Buildings and grounds can be leveraged to support a church’s mission—and to extend its presence in the community.
Blessings from a special-needs child
Calling my wife and me “special” suggests that there is an alternative—that it would have been acceptable to refuse to receive our child.
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