The Pace of God in Us (Or, Timing is Everything)

by Tom Pappas Let’s see if an old joke works on paper. In actual life it takes two people, at least one rehearsal, and still it’s iffy. Here goes: [the second person’s part is in italics.] “What’s the most important element in ‘timing’ comedy?” Good one, huh? It’s OK...

A Theology of the Cross

by Alice Ling I’m not sure what I expected, but then again you never know what will happen when you open a door and invite people to walk through it. Clearly, I underestimated the possibilities. I invited a few women to imagine options for color and creativity as part...

“Unless you become as a child…”

by  Paul Hettinga Psalm 121: “I lift my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” Does my help come from the hills, or the sunset beyond the hills or the waves stretching out to the horizon? What is it...

Prayer for the Stories We Remember

by Angier Brock In the late sixties, I attended a small women’s liberal arts college at which faculty members were nearly always accessible to students—and sometimes a little quirky. One, a crusty old bachelor named Dr. Brice, sometimes introduced a riddle into the...

A Wider Lens

by Doug Wysockey-Johnson Here is what I notice about myself:  the busier I get, the narrower my focus.  The narrower my focus, the fewer people I think about, care about, or pray for.  It is a little like the definition of sin I learned back in 7th grade:  Sin is...