Showing up for church when I don’t want to

When I show up, God shows up—although not always in the sermon.

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Bell: Essays by readers

We gave our readers a one-word writing prompt: “Bell.”

De-commodifying time

Jenny Odell argues that we need to get back in touch with our preindustrial sense of time.

March 10, Lent 4B (Numbers 21:4–9; John 3:14–21)

When John 3 came up I used to preach on the dangers of fixating on one verse. Now I cringe at that memory.


Too old to be president?

Critics of Biden’s memory slips fail to mention any of the positive traits associated with aging.

Repairing the redlined body of Christ

My church wanted to participate in our city’s reparations efforts. We began in our archives.

Faith, hope, love, and AI

Our different responses to artificial intelligence point to different stories—and different Christian virtues.

Ten ways Christians can criticize Israel that aren’t antisemitic

Since October 7, many well-intentioned statements have undercut progressive Christians’ moral high ground by invoking antisemitic tropes. It’s an avoidable problem.