Fatal distractions and Advent

By Mike Slaughter
I am the LORD your God who brought you out of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You must have no other gods before me. (Exodus 20:2-3 CEB) Thanksgiving in our American culture… read more

Thoughtful Pastor: Are unborn children without sin?

By Christy Thomas
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: Can you help me with the theological underpinnings of this? Do religious folks who object to abortion believe that unborn children are without sin? I… read more

Longing for peace

By Brett Younger
Isaiah 9:2-7 We tend to romanticize Christmas, but we don’t do it on purpose. We are reasonable, logical, and hardheaded, but the magic of the season gets to us in spite of… read more

Thanksgiving and the practice of gratitude

By Alex Joyner
The day before Black Friday If it seems that Black Friday has been arriving earlier and earlier each year, you’re right. The activities of the Friday after Thanksgiving… read more

The kingdom of heaven is (still) at hand

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
Yes, Donald Trump won the presidential election. No, not everyone is happy about that. Clinton won the popular vote while Trump won the electoral vote. Plenty of people are having … read more

Done doing nothing

By Kira Schlesinger
Ten years ago, my husband and I went on a weekend wine-tasting getaway in Central Texas. We stopped at a beautiful, Tuscan-inspired winery and went inside where we proceeded to… read more

Why we can't cover our post-election wounds prematurely

By Billy Doidge Kilgore
On election night, I rinsed plates and loaded the dishwasher. The chore occupied my anxious hands as the electoral map turned red and blue. After Florida proved too close to call… read more

Embracing the complexity of real American people

By Clifton Stringer
Since Donald Trump's surprise victory — and I was among those surprised — numerous good posts and commentaries have appeared exploring it from different angles. Amidst … read more

The demoralized preacher

By James C. Howell
I find myself exhausted and demoralized by the disparity between what I want to say and feel led to say in the pulpit, and what I actually wind up saying. Take this week as… read more

Cultivating compassion

By Kyle Reynolds
In the midst of the wide-ranging reactions to the election this week, one particular stream of responses has caused me much reflection. It is the response that sounds something… read more

Do not be led astray

By Dane Womack
Luke 21:5-195When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he said, 6“As for these things that you see, the… read more

Prayer, pizza and blazing signs of hope

By Deborah Lewis
It shouldn’t have surprised me, but it did. On Wednesday, as the nation reeled over our election results, I woke up after barely five hours of sleep to a text from one of my … read more
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