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March 7, 2014 | When the desert fathers withdrew from the city, they found that they could not escape thoughts of their former lives of ease. So they developed a three-step method to retrain their thoughts: notice, quarantine and replace.
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February 11, 2014 | Ask hard questions. God is ready for them, says a theologian and pastor.
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January 27, 2014 | Psalm 127 is rooted in a fundamental trust in God rather than trust in our own anxious toil. Our work can then become an act of trust, not arrogance, says the dean of Duke Chapel.
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October 21, 2013 | All Souls is the respect we pay to the dead and the reminder of life to us who still mourn, says the executive director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches in a homily for All Souls Requiem.
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September 9, 2013 | One does not obliterate and destroy the past or the tradition, but one works to restore its joy; thus, we are open to divine disruption, says the dean of Duke University Chapel.
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August 27, 2013 | Riddling truth to power, Jesus the jester melts the solidity of the world, rearranging it and calling for new discernment, new perception and new life, says the Duke homiletics professor.
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July 30, 2013 | That's the life of a missionary -- shaking dust. So shake, shake, shake, and let God do what only God can do, says the noted preacher.
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July 15, 2013 | When faced with desperate situations -- like some people in Haiti, who literally eat dirt because there is nothing else -- remember that God promises deliverance from exile and renewal in the transformation of the new creation in Christ.
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May 21, 2013 | The day of your baptism is the loveliest day of your life, a Durham pastor says. It is the day you get a new family called church.
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May 7, 2013 | The Lord's question, "Do you love me?" is not just for Peter but for all of us, the theologian tells graduating divinity students. What does our love of Jesus mean for ministry?