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FINDING GRACE

A GOOD CHRISTIAN WOMAN ... NOT THAT ONE

Feb. 24, 2021

That doesn't mean it can't do big political work, like abolition of slavery or human rights. The church can do all that, following the leadership of the Holy Spirit. But first it has to look in the mirror. Check out where the plumbing has gone awry, and truth has gotten clogged. Repent and be honest and tear down whatever idols need to be torn down. Then kneel at the foot of the Cross, as we're trying to do in little churches across this country in the midst of chaos, as the season of Lent goes on.

THE LENT I DIDN'T WANT

CHURCH ANEW

Feb. 18, 2021

The gift of hope this Lent is not that my mediocrity is normal, or the church can embrace imperfect me or you. We learn that each year. This year, in a Lent coupled with far too many ashes and far too much unjust death, the gift of hope is that my standing among the ashes is a recognition that God dwells here, too. In acknowledgement of suffering, death, and pain — in this is God glorified. In the ignominious cross, our ashes - the ashes of our loved ones long dead and newly lost — merge with the promise of a new life that rises from the flames.

VACCINES, JUSTICE, LOVE, AND GRACE

A GOOD CHRISTIAN WOMAN ... NOT THAT ONE

Feb. 3, 2021

As a follower of Jesus I have a natural inclination to strive against the worldly order of justice, which skews toward the wealthy and powerful and against the poor and vulnerable. You can lose hours and days this way, counting and tracking all the ways that COVID has revealed vast American inequities, the ones who were once left behind only further left behind -- the ones called most essential whose lives aren't even valued enough for a rise in pay, or priority to receive a vaccine shot so that they can continue to deliver packages, stock shelves, manufacture masks, farm and process food and livestock, and care for children.

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