Reflections

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December 15, 2014 | More often than many of us would like to admit, powerful Christians have held captive the truth of the incarnation rather than releasing it in order to dismantle society’s inequitable power structures, writes an associate professor of reconciliation studies at Bethel University.
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December 15, 2014 | As we lean toward the incarnation during Advent, we need to remember our bodies, says a pastor and yoga instructor.
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December 15, 2014 | Following an Orthodox tradition, the executive director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches got a tattoo to commemorate her pilgrimage to Bethlehem and Jerusalem. It is a visible sign that points to invisible realities, she says.
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December 15, 2014 | Ministry in the city begins the same way New York's High Line did, say leaders from City Seminary of New York. It begins with how we see, hear, taste, smell and touch the city.
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December 10, 2014 | Behavioral economists stress that unless we understand our full humanity, unless we understand that human beings aren’t totally rational beings, no theory will have much value. This six-part series by the Rev. Ken Evers-Hood explores how this idea might be applied to theology.
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December 5, 2014 | Our work as Christian leaders is to cultivate thriving communities that are foretastes of the kingdom of God. In this series of reflections, C. Kavin Rowe explores the Acts of the Apostles, which offers a picture of what the church needs to continue being the church.
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December 1, 2014 | Clergy who work in settings other than the local church experience a sense of dislocation during this season. But, as a university chaplain has found, that discomfort can lead to new insights.
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December 1, 2014 | Businesses aren't families; churches aren't governments; universities aren't armies. Be careful with your metaphors, says the former president of Fuller Theological Seminary.
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December 1, 2014 | God's people behave as if playing the final minute of a basketball game, stalling the action, because they are afraid. Instead, they should step out of the huddle and spread the gospel, says a pastor.
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November 17, 2014 | An Episcopal priest learns a valuable lesson from a run-in with a smartphone. The choice is yours every moment of every day: focus on lack or appreciate the abundance.