As a child, I followed the order of worship in the bulletin, mentally checking off each item. My eyes were on the prize.
On the seventh floor of Hogwarts, Harry Potter and his friends discover a magical room. My church contains such a room.
I used to lead activities like the "Privilege Walk" and "Cross the Line." I couldn't shake the feeling that they were not taking us very far.
"Look at the birds of the air," said Jesus. Our lives are more akin to the frantic scurrying of rats and the disciplined marching of ants.
The prayers of the people call us. When we answer, we invite the possibility that it is we who will be poor, hungry, sick, and in prison.
In response to our request for essays on the topic mistake, we received many compelling reflections. Here is a selection.
Around the world, apples have become a symbol of good health. And around the world, lots of people can't afford them.
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are connected as older and younger siblings. It's an asymmetrical relationship.
It's up to pastors to remind each other to talk to people instead of about them.
A fast-growing number of people do not have a religious first language. And many churches don't seem eager to connect with them.