• Wagon Trains and the Local Church

    If you go to St. Louis, you can see a historical marker commemorating the spot where the wagon trains gathered to begin their trip toward the golden promise of California. Thousands of people would meet in Missouri, form a train of ...

  • Oct 22

    Peter Wehner Speaks

    How "evangelical" lost its integrity

    I’m with Peter Wehner, who argues that evangelicals, in their unblinking alignment with partisan politics in the form of Republican, sold their soul and lost their integrity. This is but one example. When Francis Schaeffer, ...

  • Oct 21

    Praying When Voting

    A pastor prayed through the Lord's Prayer in the booth
    Praying When Voting

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    I [Jeremy Berg] went to the polling place to cast my votes, and ended up casting non-partisan prayers for all the candidates. As I stood over that ballot with pen in hand, looking at all the names and offices, tears dropped ...

  • Oct 21

    The Greatest Commandment

    Love matters more
    The Greatest Commandment

    I got off of social media (except for work-related things) a few weeks ago. I highly recommend a good fast from social media every now and then, especially during an election season. I chose to fast not because of some super spiritual ...

  • Oct 21

    Where Reading Paul is Life and Death

    Learning from African American readings of Paul
    Where Reading Paul is Life and Death

    Americans have read the apostle Paul for their entire history, and have chosen texts that resonate with the times. Slave owners frequently used the apostle Paul to remind their slaves of divinely-ordained and divinely-commanded obedience ...

  • Oct 20

    Broken Signposts

    Major themes, echoes of a voice, often unheard
    Broken Signposts

    Bringing together seven of the most important ideas in our world… before I get on with it, here are the seven:

    Justice
    Love
    Spirituality
    Beauty
    Freedom
    Truth
    Power

    These seven are the focus of N.T. Wright’s ...

  • Oct 19

    When Pastors Aren’t Pastoral

    When Pastors Aren’t Pastoral

    Aimee Byrd wrote a book. She’s in a conservative, traditional branch of the Reformed faith. Pastors are male, theologians are male, power pervades. Some didn’t like her book. It exposed male power where power was not meant ...

  • Oct 19

    Nurturing Christianity as Surprising

    What was once a surprise is no longer so
    Nurturing Christianity as Surprising

    At the heart of Christianity is a person, and only second a set of ideas. At the heart of Jesus is the resurrection and a completely surprising one true life flows from Jesus. All this was a total and shocking surprise in the 1st ...

  • Oct 18

    Almighty, Everlasting God of All

    Prayer for the Week
    Almighty, Everlasting God of All

    Almighty and everlasting God,
    in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations:

    Preserve the works of your mercy,

    that your Church throughout the world may persevere
    with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name;

    through ...

  • How and Where I Write: Makoto Fujimura

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    It’s been my privilege to be in the personal spaces of several writers. Among others, Pulitzer winner Tony Horwitz warmly welcomed me at his home on Martha’s Vineyard as did William F. Buckley at his ...

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