Grace and Gratitude

Theologian Karl Barth once wrote: Grace always evokes the answer of gratitude. Grace and gratitude belong together like heaven and earth. Grace evokes gratitude like the voice of an echo. Gratitude follows grace like thunder follows lightning.

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The broad definition of mothering

Mother’s Day is around this time of year and it can be either: an acknowledgement of a great mothering spirit or a difficult time for those who do not fit the definition of “mothering” that they see in society and perhaps from the pulpit. A blogger Amy Young (www.messymiddle.com) wrote

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A Church Unafraid of Hot Topics

I usually cringe whenever I turn on the cable news and see someone offering political commentary from a “Christian perspective.” While I do occasionally share the same beliefs as the talking head, it troubles me that someone can offer a “Christian perspective” as Christianity is as diverse as the snowflakes

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No distinction between body and spirit

I read a good amount of Wendell Berry's essay "Christianity and the Survival of Creation" for the sermon yesterday. I wanted to pull out one of the quotes that didn't make the sermon but nonetheless is fascinating to me. Berry, a farmer and a writer, speaks about the dualism between

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"That's Why We Have the Hot Water Spigot…"

Lunch time in the church office is usually a casual affair. Someone will pull a card table out into the Narthex and we’ll gather a few chairs around it, and whomever is available will bring their lunch to the table to eat together. One day last week I commented on

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Julia Esquivel Wrote About Easter in Powerful Ways

The exiled Guatemalan poet, Julia Esquivel wrote about Easter in powerful ways during the 30 years in which Guatemala suffered unspeakable political violence, as thousands of indigenous peoples were murdered, and whole villages were destroyed. Esquivel became as a leading voice for peaceful nonviolent resistance and a witness to the

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A Multitude of Drops

The first time that Chelsea and I were able to see a movie after adding Anjali to our family, we had a choice between Argo and Cloud Atlas. One of them won Best Picture...and we didn't see that one. We decided upon Cloud Atlas because of the pretty commercials and

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