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Visions of Vocation: A Curated Conversation

It is a strange grace to have my students read my work— but they do, year after year, taking it in, learning more about me, even as they learn more about the world and their place in it. This week … more »

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Gary Black on Why “Silence” Matters at Christmas

Now, but not yet. Everyone everywhere, sons of Adam and daughters of Eve that we are, sees the same world, and tries to make sense. We don’t have to be philosophers to do that; in fact sometimes philosophers miss it … more »

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WINDOWS INTO WAITING

Contributors from all over America reflect on the theme of longing and silence in their experiences of the Advent season. more »

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Havens of Grace: Hospitality in a Busy World

It’s my privilege to speak to you this morning about hospitality, a very large and wide-ranging topic that I’ve been learning about since my husband, Charlie, and I became followers of Jesus in 1982.  We lived in Sacramento at the … more »

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Missio on Loving the City: A Poet’s response to a Prophet

A Reflection on Jeremiah 29… At first, when I read this passage, I thought I would attempt to write a thorough essay explaining how I, as an African American women, a product of a divorced parent, in one of the … more »

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Dostoyevsky in Djibouti

“The more I love humanity in general the less I love man in particular. In my dreams, I often make plans for the service of humanity, and perhaps I might actually face crucifixion if it were suddenly necessary. Yet I … more »

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“Let’s Start at the Very Beginning, a Very Good Place to Start”

“Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start…” Julie Andrews sang Rodgers and Hammerstein’s famous line in The Sound of Music.  And that’s good advice.  Genesis 1 and 2 bear a disproportionate influence on our understanding … more »

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What Is Missio?

Steve Garber, the founder and principal of The Washington Institute, is wont to say that “Vocation is integral, not incidental, to the Missio Dei.”  These are profound words, because almost none of us seem to actually believe that.  We pray … more »

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A New Year’s 2016 Wish from October 1863

Two years into the unrelenting carnage of the Civil War, the bloodstained plains of America’s homeland absorbed the lives of countless husbands, fathers, and sons. Families rent apart by the devastation continued to serve and sacrifice. Houses were burned; the … more »

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A Film for Advent 4: Revelation

Revelation  “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” Then one of the seraphim flew … more »

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