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Practice Hospitality

So when Paul calls the early church in Rome to practice hospitality, the Spirit is teaching God’s people “to pursue loving strangers.”

Faith Practices
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New City Catechism Review

Faith Formation shares this report highlighting questions and observations about the content of the New City Catechism and about the curriculum content, pedagogy, and design.

Faith Nurture
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Learning to Behold

What helps you to behold God, especially in these strange days? How do you take time to stop, listen, and respond to God’s presence and work in your life?

Faith Nurture
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Belonging

Several years back, a middle-aged couple in our church told me: “We’ve been members here for 12 years and we still feel like outsiders.” 

Hospitality
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Listening to the Rocks

I am intrigued by the repetitive act in the Old Testament where God’s people would erect stone monuments. They served as a visual way of reminding themselves (and sometimes future generations) about God’s acts of faithfulness.

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Do We Have to Vacate?

As summer approaches, I've been reflecting on a subtle language shift around summer plans. Can we recover a glimpse of creational goodness by altering our language from summer vacations toward summer "holy-days"?

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25 Years Later: Remembering and Believing

February marks the 25th anniversary of when I started to follow Christ. Though I was raised in a Christian home and my parents afforded me the opportunity to attend Christian schools, I had deliberately walked away from God.

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An Evangelizing Joy

I have been making my way through Pope Francis’ exhortation: Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel. This document is a call for Christians everywhere to re-engage the biblical call of evangelization. 

Pastors
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Imagining a Church Without...

I wonder what it would look like to be a church without a budget, or a pastor, or even a building. What insights do you have about discovering what it means to be a church when you don’t have one or more of these resources to rely on? 

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More than Our Need to Be Right

"I love you more than my need to be right." I’ve been thinking about those words in the context of this verse  – “Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry” – and have wondered what difference it might make to those standing on the margins of the church. What if their experience of church was marked by people who listened well to them and each other...

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"How Far is Too Far?"

“How far is too far?” I’ve been asking myself that question a lot lately. It’s normally a question we ask while attempting to navigate the sexual desires and angst of relationships before (and regrettably, sometimes outside of) marriage. That question has been in my heart and mind lately, only in a very different context...

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