Tag Archives: Tragedy

In the World, Not Of It

Every day we are bombarded with articles, videos, and sound bites of the latest tragedy, whether it be child slavery, violence, hate crimes, or refugee crises. Each time I read about the misfortune that others have gone through, my heart … more »

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“Bleeding Together” and the Failure of Majority Churches

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wisely observed that the most segregated parts of the American week were Sunday Mornings. Despite his exhortations to bring different races together, this is largely still true today, and the effects are tragic. more »

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Missio on Calling (1 Corinthians 7:17-24): Follow The Light

Paul’s advice to the Corinthians stings more this morning than it has before. As I sat down to write this reflection, my phone blew up with texts from my sister, Kelsey. The little boy she cares for, Ethan, unexpectedly passed … more »

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Missio on Loving the City: The TV Won’t Stop Talking

The TV won’t stop talking. I hear so many words – terrible news stories, shallow comedy shows, meaningless reality programs, this celebrity this, that sports game that – following me wherever I go. It’s on all day at work, my … more »

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Missio on Generosity: A Change in Flight Plan

In 2006, it seemed as if everything that was once secure in my life was taken away when I least expected it. In July of this year my father; a former doctor, the rock of our family, and my best … more »

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Wendell Berry Can Make Us More Human

Christine Caine’s sermon Dark Moments of Our Life in summary says this: we’re too small to outthink God, but within our ‘snap and upload’ culture we often believe that we can bypass the ‘darkroom of life’ where we are put … more »

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To Fly, Fly Away….

“You must live in the place that is the station of your labor and your love. Down there in the swaying forests, the dark sleeping fields, the cold barren lands, and the cities of man, where the indestructible, the faithful, … more »

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On Good Lives and Good Societies

“It was such a dark time.” Last night I was on a train from Prague to Bratislava, from the Czech Republic to Slovakia, which for most of the 20th-century were one nation, Czechoslovakia. Surrounded by countries we know— Germany, Poland, … more »

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Dancing Through Visions of Vocation

Judi Daniels began reading our offerings in the last year or so, and this past fall came to a retreat where I was speaking at the Laity Lodge in Texas. See this for more on that. With a friend, she … more »

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Always Winter, Never Christmas

“It is winter in Narnia,” said Mr. Tumnus, “and has been for ever so long…. always winter, but never Christmas.” There are words that capture our imaginations, often from the very first time we hear them. I confess that when … more »

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