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  • God's Care for the Grieving

    by Anne H. K. Apple
  • Easter 7A (2017)

    by Jeannine Brown
  • Easter 7A (2017)

    by Ryan Hansen
    Peter emphasizes that holiness means belonging to Christ the sufferer, but there is no promise that everything will magically fall into place. This is the kind of holiness that John Wesley prayed for in his famous covenant prayer: I am no longer my own, but yours. Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will; put me to doing, put me to suffering; let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you, exalted for you, or brought low for you; let me be full, let me be empty, let me have all things, let me have nothing.
  • Easter 7A (2017)

    by Phil Heinze
  • Easter 7A (2017)

    by Scott Hoezee
    Stories of the fairy tale variety begin with “Once upon a time . . .” and often end with “And they lived happily ever after.” Many times looking for a “happily ever after” ending for the history of the world seems too good to be true, too much to wish for. But as Frederick Buechner once pointed out, somewhere in the history of the universe there needs to be one fairy tale that will finally come true. We believe the gospel is just that story. Because in the end, the larger story we tell and into whose narrative we invite all others is a story that is too good not to be true...
  • You've Got Connections

    by C. David McKirachan
    The first six years of my academic life were spent in private schools. They were local institutions and probably considered it a good PR gambit to have the son of the pastor of the big church in town attending. I found out later that the public schools in the area weren’t very top notch and my parents figured I’d do better hobnobbing with the upper crust. But public schools were part of our family’s belief system. So in seventh grade, I mainstreamed. It was a bit of a shock. My first school buddy was Virgil. I hadn’t noticed he was black. Others did. That’s when I was introduced to the early morning excursions into threats, extortion, broken pencils, and petty larceny.
  • Moral Injury: The Devil That Looks to Devour

    by Brian Powers
    In the earliest parts of my military training, I recall being taught that Memorial Day should not be confused with Veterans’ Day because it remembers those who have made “the ultimate sacrifice,” having died in the service of our country. Veterans’ Day, by contrast, celebrates those who have survived the conflicts and returned to civilian life. Trauma researchers might argue that this line is not as clear as it may seem. They note that experiences of extreme stress, particularly among those who have survived combat, can be described as encounters with death that establish a hold on the survivors and disrupt their abilities to envision and live out a positive future.
  • Worrying About Worrying

    by Michael Ruffin
  • Easter 7A (2017)

    by Layne Wallace

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