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How To Stay In Church: A Field Guide

How To Stay In Church: A Field Guide 1920 1280 Aaron J. Smith

I didn’t want to leave. I didn’t want to be another exit story, another dissatisfied customer, another exvangelical. I wanted to stay, to affect change, to help heal the wounds…

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When All That Is Left Is Jesus

When All That Is Left Is Jesus 1920 1211 Kaitlin Curtice

Someone recently asked me, “Why on earth are you still going to church? You, of all people?”   They were referring to my indigenous ancestors, to things like colonialism, genocide,…

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Hey Church, Stop Sad-Shaming Me

Hey Church, Stop Sad-Shaming Me 1920 1280 Jason Ramsey

Irecently heard a sermon about ‘how to avoid contentment’. It was part of an otherwise-enlightening series about ‘how to mess up’ in life. In it, the pastor, who I greatly…

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5 Things The Church Must Become Before It’s Too Late

5 Things The Church Must Become Before It’s Too Late 1920 1353 Chris Kratzer

As a pastor, I believe in church and love her deeply, especially when the centerpiece of all she is and does is the Gospel of God’s pure Grace and the…

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It’s Okay To Deconstruct Your American Faith

It’s Okay To Deconstruct Your American Faith 1920 1276 Kaitlin Curtice

In college, I took a world literature class. We spent some time with famous stories from all over the world, including the literature of the Old Testament. Being a born…

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The Formation Of Whiteness

The Formation Of Whiteness 2229 1672 Caris Adel

Looking back, it was the little things that shaped me. The memories that stare me in the face, asking ‘Why do you still think of me? What can I possibly…

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I Love You, But…

I Love You, But… 1920 1285 Kevin Garcia

Ilove you, but…” I heard that phrase over and over again when I first came out. From family members, from people who I once counted as my chosen family, from…

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Marvel’s Civil War, Eugene Peterson, and Unity

Marvel’s Civil War, Eugene Peterson, and Unity 1920 1200 Chris Fann

“YEEESSSS!” This guttural shout comes from my eight-year-old as he watches his favorite superhero, the Hulk, take on Loki in The Avengers. Over the past several months, my two young…

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White Supremacy Is My Original Sin

White Supremacy Is My Original Sin 1915 1358 Lyndsey Medford

I, too, once loved those statues, not so long ago. I thought they stood for resilience and pride, for the other side of every story, for a nation grappling with…

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When Evil Walks In

When Evil Walks In 1920 1440 Laura LaSpalutto

“Idon’t want you to alarm you …” Tell me, is it possible to hear those words and not be alarmed? The pastor of the church where I would be preaching…

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When We Were On Fire Again – A Post Resurrection Lament

When We Were On Fire Again – A Post Resurrection Lament 2000 1333 Aaron J. Smith

We used to burn so brightly. There was something beautiful about our passion, our fire. I glowed and flickered, raged and shone brightly. We were the future, pastors, worship leaders,…

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The Halls

The Halls 1920 1280 Jason Ramsey

These are halls where souls go to die. Where agony parlays grief and fluorescent beams shock minds into submission. Where clamoring “it is finished” reverberates against concrete walls and rings…

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