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The Widow’s Mite

Jesus tells a simple story about sacrifice and gratitude in Luke 21. Jesus and the disciples are at the temple, watching as people come to share gifts for the upkeep of the temple. Particularly, they are noticing the wealthy who were probably sharing big gifts. But then a widow comes, and all she puts in are two...

Twas the Night Before the Election

Twas the Night Before the Election, and all through the land Not a politician was stirring, not even a band The signs had been placed on the street corners with care In hopes that a voter would soon be there The citizens were nestled all snug in their beds With visions of a political victory dancing in their heads And my...

Ruined Rather Than Changed

The poet W.H. Auden once said, “We would rather be ruined than changed. We would rather die in our dread than climb the cross of the present and let our illusions die.” Several years ago, our church was practicing the spiritual exercise of neighborhood prayer-walking. We would partner up, walk around our neighborhood, greet whomever we saw, and...

Is the Church a “What” or a “Who”?

If you are like me, you have had to do some re-thinking on your usage of the word “church” lately. Pre-COVID, I would often say, “Let’s go to the church,” or “Is it time for church to start?” But now, those statements don’t make much sense. Recently, I have heard people ask, “When will church...

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