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God Help Us – Anti-Judaism


It’s easier to demonize the other than to take time to learn what the other is thinking, let alone to become friends with somebody who’s not you. In this episode, Annie is joined by Amy-Jill Levine, a Jewish New Testament scholar. In addition to her role as a professor of Jewish Studies and New Testament […]

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What Roy Moore Can Teach us about Reading the Bible


Like many small Christian people, my church gave me my first Bible in fourth grade. Our pastor made an earnest speech to us and we spent all year in Sunday school getting to know it as a source of life-giving wisdom. I’m not sure whether these exact words were used, but the message was loud […]

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The God Who Comes Over for Dinner


Here’s a post I wrote for The Krista Foundation’s Serve Well blog as part of their Advent reflection series. Enjoy! As I read scripture, I’m struck by the persistent theme of God’s people continually asking God to be near them and awed by the ways God chooses to respond. Finally, God—ever mysterious—shows up in a […]

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Having Power…is a Good Thing


In his book, In the Name of Jesus, Henri Nouwen applies the three temptations of Jesus to challenges in pastoral leadership. In Matthew chapter 4, following his baptism, Jesus fasts 40 days in the desert and then is tested by the devil. He’s told to turn stones to bread, to throw himself off the temple, and to fall down […]

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A Defiant Love – Part 1


A Narrative of the Holy Trinity’s Posture Toward Humanity Jehovah stood on the Mount of Olives, gazing out over the city below, tears streaming down his face. He turned to Sophia as he heard her quiet footsteps on the path behind him and choked on a sob as he took in the sight of her: […]

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A Defiant Love – Part 3


A Narrative of the Holy Trinity’s Posture Toward Humanity Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. As the two stood holding one another, Joanna’s voice rose next to them, softly and clearly, “I’m going back.” Sophia and Jehovah turned slowly toward her. “You can’t be serious,” Jehovah said while Sophia’s mouth hung open in […]

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A Failure of an Evangelist


Sitting around the dining room table with friends, a bottle of wine, a communal plate of brownies, and Settlers of Catan spread before us. A lot of really great news has been shared at that table: Getting into graduate school. Deciding not to move to Minnesota. Putting an offer on a house for the first […]

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Designer Original.


Originally posted on Reconciling Ministries Network Blog on Monday, August 5, 2013. “You know, what? I love you.” Only the Reverend Allen Belton seems to be able to get away with saying this upon meeting someone for the first time. Coming from any of the rest of us, it’s just weird and unconventional. And yet, […]

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