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An Invitation to Lament

Old Testament Professor Robert Hubbard once described lament as “the best way to reckon with the pain and suffering so prominent in today’s news.” It is also our most honest and healthy response when the losses and pain hit closer … Continue reading

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Something to Ponder . . .

“It is not easy to know what Jesus called his hearers to repent from; he speaks often of sinners, but rarely of their sins. The social consensus of his contemporaries about what counted as sin is not of much help; we … Continue reading

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The Case for Open Borders in Theological Study

Recently a female seminarian posted the following lament on Twitter:  “You’d think after all these years in seminary I’d be used to men keeping their distance, not engaging with me, etc. because I’m a woman. The truth is, I’m not. … Continue reading

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A Triumphant Tale of a Blind Immigrant

Julie Lip-Williams is a fitting sequel to The Spiritual Blessings of Country Music and to Steve Earle’s fierce determination to educate autistic children. His alarming words have far reaching implications that continue to trouble me. “The cure to cancer could be locked up inside one of … Continue reading

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Something to ponder . . .

It seems inevitable that if someone hangs out long enough with the ancient Hebrew prophets, they’ll start to sound like one. The same unvarnished straight talk, the same open-throated passion for God’s holiness, goodness, and love, the same glaring light … Continue reading

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The Spiritual Blessings of Country Music

Marriage to Frank James came with a catch that I didn’t realize until it was too late. Early on, he mentioned he loves country music. But the full extent of that love didn’t sink in until the wedding was over … Continue reading

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The Beat of a Mother’s Heart

In the aftermath of my mother’s death last week, I came across this tender thought:  “Remember, you’re the only person who knows what her heart sounds like from the inside.”  In the case of my mother, I’m not “the only … Continue reading

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