The Pastoral is Political: Because it’s gonna take more than just prayer…

Last week, while a bunch of our church kids were gathered and playing and laughing and dancing, a couple miles north there was a drive-by shooting. A gunman (or gunmans) shot into a car, hitting all four people inside: two adults in their 20s, and two babies. Babies. A 9-month-old and an 18-month-old are still… Read More

Friday Festival

Our bloggers are reflecting on travel, and the baggage we carry, this week.  They are our tour guides into new spiritual territory. Beginning with the intriguing lament, “I have always wanted to be a tiny-purse carrier,” Melissa Bane Sevier reflects on what we carry around, and Jesus’ instructions to his disciples not to carry a… Read More

RevGalBookPals: The Hate U Give

This is the book: The Hate U Give.  The picture is linked. You can buy the book today. You can be finished with it by Saturday. At the latest. And when you’re finished, you will have read a powerful first-person fictional narrative about a 16-year-old named Starr who is in the car when a police officer… Read More

Thursday Prayer: Corpus Christi

We thank you, Gracious God, for all the ways in which we are sustained: by heartbeat and breath; by food and drink; by medicine; by the love of friends; by rhythms of exercise and rest; by your grace, always by your grace. On this day we particularly give you thanks for Jesus: Living Bread. Whether… Read More