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The God Who Has Tears…

Several years ago I had a note from a friend, Mako Fujimura, who heard that I was speaking in New York City, and wondered if I would be able to see him in his gallery. The 400th anniversary of the … more »

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The Distant Drums… On Death and Hope, Sorrow and Joy

I’m sitting with one hundred University Singers, my choral group at UVa, in the gigantic John Paul Jones Arena, energized and jittery with excitement: we are about to sing for Kevin Spacey—Frank Underwood on House of Cards, Broadway & film … more »

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They Are That Way

As the sun rose over Tower Grove Park in St. Louis on Monday, August 11, the tragic death of Michael Brown two days before fully saturated our long segregated, long suspicious, long hurting city. And we were all running to … more »

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Announcing the 2014 Missio Essay Contest

The editors of Missio are pleased to announce the first-ever Missio essay contest! Spread the news; sharpen your pencils. We want to hear stories that emerge from the nexus of faith, vocation, and culture. We seek stories that serve as evidences … more »

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On Prayer Again

In light of the discussions of listening and calling this week, here is a prayer from Walter Bruegemmann’s superb prayer collection, Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth. In the words of the prayer, God’s call is a hard mix, and … more »

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Signposts in a Strange Land

Signposts in a strange land. It is a provocative image, but it is also a very good book. In fact it is one of the books I like most of all. A collection of essays by the physician/philosopher/novelist Walker Percy, … more »

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Integral, Not Incidental

Welcome to colorful Colorado! Last night I flew into a snowstorm, and made my way across the great expanse of metropolitan Denver, from the most northeast corner to the most southwest corner. It made me think of my Grandad Gilchrist’s … more »

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The Truth About Love

“I wonder why I’m not enough.”  Painfully honest words, ones that haunt a human heart. Yesterday I spent the morning with The Falls Church Fellows, and we began a course within the course, focusing on sexuality for the next few … more »

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Who Am I? What Should I Do?

Guitars on their way to Nashville. It is hard to imagine more iconic luggage and destination.So many people over so many years have made the same pilgrimage, hopes deep in their hearts. I am sure that more have driven than … more »

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On Being Perennial People

We are perennial people. I don’t have many things I believe to be true, absolutely, but I believe this. At the end of the day, whether we are pre-modern, modern or post-modern, whether we are Anglo, Asian, African or Latino, … more »

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