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Poems of the Pandemic

6 mins read

They have closed the schools for three weeks.
The children who are resilient go to their houses
(if they have them) to annoy their parents (if
they have them) because no one has explained that
it is okay for the world to change, that does not
mean it’s ending. We realize that that is

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Wedding Essay

11 mins read

I wanted to walk down the aisle to “Of The Father’s Heart Begotten,” not because of some particular affinity for the hymn, but because I love how singer-songwriter Jason Harrod ends it by going cosmic, as I call it, singing in falsetto “forever more and evermore,” straining toward the eschaton.

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9 New Year’s Resolutions and a Response for the Presbyterian Church (USA)

20 mins read

A wise former Pastor and Presbytery Executive, John L. Williams, has written “A Theological Essay on Vision” that contrasts the Bible’s dream and vision accounts with those of management consultants and the tamed goals of self-interested organizations. I confess I have seen little of his work reflected in the Vision

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But for the Grace of God

8 mins read

We arrive at Apartment 309 breathless from the sprint up two flights of stairs, carrying our full complement of equipment: the 40-pound backpack with an oxygen tank and one of every item we might conceivably need on a call; the 50-pound cardiac monitor; and the 10-pound tackle box containing the

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Epiphany: War and Death are No Gift from God

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For tyrants do much for themselvesHerods among the nations that dwell for selfWhen bombs cloud the star that moves and shinesDust and fire skew where the Christ child sighs War and death are no gift from GodEven when they are clothed in god-like garb The wise ones follow the star so

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Exvangelical

9 mins read

Any person who identifies as an “exvangelical”, or someone who has left the conservative evangelical tradition, has their own story and possibly carries their own baggage. No two experiences are the same. However, we are often lumped together as people with interesting stories to tell, and our trauma from our

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