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Fewer U.S. adults identify as Christian while those who claim no religious affiliation are increasing. It’s time for churches to learn to swim in the reality of today’s religious currents. Here are 4 ways to stay afloat. […] Read More

The Lord’s Prayer asks that God’s kingdom would come, as God’s will is done on earth as it is done in heaven. If God is to reign on earth as in heaven, we cannot separate the spiritual and the social. […] Read More

The first psalm is a good text for reflection for the first full week of a new year, pointing eloquently to the kind of life Jesus embodied, to the fruit of the Spirit that Jesus displayed and to the source of his power and influence. […] Read More

We’re familiar with the Magi who brought gifts to infant Jesus, but there’s a second set of Magi in Scripture. One knew how to embrace mystery; the other refused to do so out of fear. Which group best represents you? […] Read More

As Christians, we proclaim Jesus became flesh and blood to be with us. Yet how many refugees, including 5,000 children torn from their parents’ care, at our southern border must wonder if God is really with them? Are we culpable? […] Read More

In the Gospel of John, we read that ‘the Word became flesh and lived among us.’ God still pitches a tent alongside our celebrations and failures, journeying with us to envision and imagine a life-giving way to wander in this world. […] Read More

While we should never forget the past, we should not dwell on it either. With another year behind us, we must look toward the future through courageous and optimistic eyes. Here are my hopeful possibilities for 2020. […] Read More

’Tis the season when special deliveries are arriving on front porches all across the US, more than 2.5 billion last year. As Christmas quickly approaches, let us remember the special delivery of that day long ago. […] Read More

Advent is about waiting for the world to change. Many of us, however, wait for the wrong things. We should be waiting – and working – for an end to poverty, for the oppressed to be set free, for an end to isolation and loneliness. […] Read More

Christmas does not come just once a year. Jesus is not unpacked with the ornaments. He can’t be hung up and taken down like our decorations. But as it was then, so it is now. We still do not have room for Jesus. […] Read More