Category Archives: body of Christ

Give What You Don’t Have This Thanksgiving


Does an empty table mean an empty life during the holidays? Do you ever feel trapped by someone’s assertion that you “can’t give what you don’t have”? Sometimes it feels like a phrase designed to keep you from activities you … Continue reading

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How to Build the Community We Want


Recently, I came across an article about community life by the late MacArthur Fellow Donella “Dana” Meadows. She and her husband, Dennis, typically shared their Vermont home with four to eight other adults, some of whom were their students. It … Continue reading

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Love and Grace and How to Tell the Difference


I recently enjoyed Philip Yancey’s “What’s So Amazing About Grace?” He’s steering me back to the God I knew before I moved to the Bible Belt — the God who is, in the words of one person Yancey quotes, “very fond … Continue reading

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Welcoming the Prodigals Among Us


A well-dressed woman, reflecting on today’s sermon illustration about a prodigal, told our pastor: “You know, I was a runaway, too. When I came home, my mother said the family was happier without me.” Continue reading

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How Bad is Bad? God’s People Shun the ‘Sinner’


I’ve been thinking about how women and men I know have suffered as their congregations part around them — not a God-driven parting like the Red Sea but a thunderous rupture as a huge crevasse opens in the congregation during the … Continue reading

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