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Grace

When we witness someone display a moment of extraordinary grace or strength, we must avoid setting that as the precedent for them or others. We can appreciate super-human effort but must still see normal-human effort as valuable. […] Read More

Serene Jones, author and president of Union Theological Seminary, writes in her compelling and nearly flawless book that God holds all of us in love and empowers us to take care of ourselves in an imperfect world. […] Read More

There are times when being empathetic doesn’t help people. We need to use our heads more than our hearts and adopt a more rational approach to intervening positively in the world. […] Read More

While some folks focus on the apocalyptic rather than the redemptive nature of God, biblical justice is about being sure that all God’s children have what they need for the living of their lives. […] Read More

In our fractured world, it’s tempting to withdraw from the fray or even deepen the gulf. Neither choice advances God’s kingdom. Instead, we must live a ministry of grace. […] Read More

Do you think anybody ever really changes? When my wife, Anita, and I were in seminary, we served a small and loving congregation in southern Indiana. One of our next-door neighbors, a generous man in his late 50s and a faithful church member, was crustily cynical about the possibility of change. At some point in […] Read More

Philip Yancey is one of those writers who reaches past the normal barriers faced by Christian authors to speak to the pain of a hurting world. He writes in such an engaging, thoughtful and undefensive style that he touches those who wouldn’t necessarily listen to preachers or go to churches – people who like Jesus […] Read More

A young man I met in Chiapas, Mexico, voiced a brave request: “Can you help me get to ‘el Norte’ (the North)?” “El Norte” is what many in Mexico call the U.S. The dire poverty in his village was an obvious reason for his desire to migrate to the U.S. I was dumbfounded by his […] Read More

I find prayer as much of a problem as a solution, and I find praying raises at least as many questions as answers. It isn’t that I don’t believe in prayer – of course I do. I believe in prayer because I believe in a God whose way of being is relational, personal and communicative. […] Read More

You doubtlessly remember the terrible tragedy that occurred 10 years ago on Oct. 2, 2006, in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania. You may not have remembered the name of that small town, but that is where 10 Amish girls were brutally shot in their one-room schoolhouse. Such a horrendous event is unforgettable. Charles Roberts, a local 32-year-old […] Read More