Amazon, Octocopters and Advent

I was born and bred to loathe waiting. My father, with his background in the FBI and law enforcement, is an efficient and effective man – and always on time. All the time…

Jared Ayers

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Bobby and Bobbi

I pull out my fifth-grade class picture and my eyes land on a chunky kid who looks like the Big Boy hamburger mascot – without the rosy smile and checkered overalls. Bobby Graham already has the chubby cheeks and wavy black hair.

Jeffrey Munroe

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Evangelism and Sacraments: Telling Well the Story

The Story cannot be told without reference to water: The waters of creation, the flood, the Red Sea, water from the rock, Jesus in the Jordan, the pool of Bethsaida, a basin for washing feet…

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Coffee Cups and Lactaid Lattes

It was a summer of lattes. Every morning I woke at the crack of dawn, donned black pants and a green apron and drove in the semidarkness to a day full of coffee, sweet syrup, steamed milk and customers. These were good mornings, really.

Anna Visser

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What Is Man that Thou Art Mindful of Him

What do we mean when we say children are God’s artistry as preachers are wont to do during baptisms,
deleting from their homilies words like “daughter” and “girl”
as they exhort their faithful not to deface her beauty?

Nathaniel Schmitt

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He loosens his work-tie’s noose-knot, ascending a staircase
climbing above our grey earth, fallen leaves clotting gutters in the car-park
where a divorced neighbor, half-lifed, drags on a cigarette,

Nathaniel Schmidt

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Child’s Play

In the conventional wisdom about the Classical Era in Western art music, these three abide: Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. And the greatest of these is Beethoven.

Suzanne Bratt

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Revaluing the Funeral

In the discipline of pastoral care and counseling, I believe there are three courses that students training for pastoral ministry should take.

Raynard Smith

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To Not Look Away

All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people, who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations – a people who continually provoke me to my very face, offering sacrifices in gardens and burning incense on altars of brick. – Isaiah 65:2-3

Julie VanderVeen VanTil

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