Monthly Archives: August 2017

Turning to a Woman for the Voice of God

“Did you see how upset King Josiah was, Akbor?” “He wasn’t upset, Ahikam. He was scared.” “When my father Shaphan read aloud the book of Moses found by Hilkiah the high priest, I shook as well.” “I think everyone in … Continue reading

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The Gossip and Gospel of Jesus

[From the archives.] *** Celebrity gossip is everywhere – supermarket checkout lines, radio talk shows, television programs devoted to nothing but the latest details of celebrities’ lives. Why do we do it? Is it to satisfy our voyeuristic tendencies, are … Continue reading

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Why Black Student Unions Are Necessary and White Student Unions Aren’t

My high school in the mid-70s had a diverse student body. It was majority white with significant numbers of Hispanic, African-American, Asian and Filipino students, plus a smaller number of Americans from other heritages. The school had a lot of … Continue reading

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Growing Old, Gracefully or Not

If  good memoirs reveal something about the writer, great memoirs reveal something about the reader. By that measure, Jennifer Grant’s When Did Everybody Else Get So Old is a great memoir. The subtitle Indignities, Compromises, and the Unexpected Grace of … Continue reading

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White Privilege Is an Abomination to God

[Updated from the archives.] I have something my wife doesn’t have. No, I’m not talking about a Y chromosome (although it’s true she doesn’t have one). What I have I didn’t ask for, I didn’t earn, and I don’t deserve. … Continue reading

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The Universe and God: which is easier to explain?

[From the archives.] I heard a space scientist on the radio last week. He was saying that in space there is no up or down or left or right. One star appears to be right next to another, he explained, … Continue reading

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The Burger Joint and Misbegotten Notions of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

[In today’s guest post, Tara Galles provides a brief memoir of a lifetime learning and unlearning gender roles both inside and outside the church.] Blonde Jokes at the Burger Joint It’s silly to play the dumb blonde when you’re not. … Continue reading

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Successful Worship Music Leaders Get Out of the Way

One Good Thing About Hymnals “One thing I like about hymnals,” the older church member told me, “is it gives me an idea of whether to go up or down when we sing a song.” He didn’t know how to … Continue reading

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Duckling Gospel – a short tale of the rescue that stopped traffic

I’d like to tell a duck story to lift your heart. I was driving along and saw a mother duck crossing the frontage road, her line of ducklings behind her. I stopped for the duck line and realized that as the … Continue reading

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Some People Can’t Stand God’s Grace

The gospel is the story of Jesus and what he has done for us, not what we are supposedly obligated to do for God. One is grace; the other is impossible. This is too much for some people to handle. … Continue reading

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