Reflections

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April 21, 2014 | Carr UMC's new pastor arrived fresh out of divinity school, filled with passion and impatience. But her real ministry, she soon discovered, would be to help the church give up its life for the sake of the gospel.
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April 21, 2014 | Andy Crouch’s recent book on power helps us understand that institutions are where Christians become Christians. And leaders, those in power, are the ones who shape institutional life.
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April 21, 2014 | It is in military chaplaincy, perhaps more than anywhere else in the religious world, that people from every theological background are thrown together and forced to find a way forward, an Army chaplain says.
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April 7, 2014 | Final essay in a seven-part series. If we expect to see the kingdom of God, writes the New Testament scholar, we should expect to suffer.
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April 7, 2014 | In the wake of the World Vision controversy, a young writer asks, can we set aside our principles on the issues that divide us for the sake of a principle that we share in common -- alleviating poverty?
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April 7, 2014 | As a tough winter gives way to spring, a pastor on an island cut off many times during the season wonders if her church has fared a little too well in isolation.
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April 3, 2014 | Two decades after she was pulled from a mass grave, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide reminds us not to hold Rwanda in the memory of its past but to honor those who embody the hope of their nation’s present and future.
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April 3, 2014 | If the church wants to remain relevant for students and the youth generation, it should increase and amplify its call to action on climate change, says a young Christian leader.</p>
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March 24, 2014 | Connecting with people and institutions outside the walls of the church isn’t a job for professional staff alone, says the author of “7 Creative Models for Community Ministry.”
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March 7, 2014 | What does it mean theologically to be the 'face' of a Christian institution? The director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches offers four suggestions.