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Published:
May 29, 2020

‘Search,’ He said. Out in the brine, / pilgrim sailor am I, hearing rustle of rigging.

Published:
May 29, 2020

Thinking about Jesus’ roots makes me inevitably also think of my own roots.

Published:
May 28, 2020

On this week’s podcast episode, Alexander Carpenter chats with Nicholas Zork, minister for worship and the arts at Church of the Advent Hope in Manhattan, about how he's creating community in NYC with his local church and fellow musicians.

Published:
May 27, 2020

I have a handwritten book of poems by my grandfather, Hubert L. Tolhurst, who was a missionary during the Spanish Flu pandemic, in which his first wife Pearl perished. Here are two poems he wrote about that loss, and the cost of commitment and service.

Published:
May 26, 2020

In chapter 24, Lao Tzu is basically coming back to his old message of “don’t overdo it.”

Published:
May 22, 2020

Just a hummingbird, aflutter by flowers / in an ordinary neighborhood, yet / though no bird of paradise, / I shall soar by the Spirit to Paradise / someday, singing ‘Hallelujah.’

Published:
May 21, 2020

On this week’s podcast episode, Alexander Carpenter chats with Keisha McKenzie, Director of Digital Strategy for Auburn Seminary, about the campaign to help faith communities remain socially engaged while physically distant.

Published:
May 19, 2020

We Christians often feel compelled to explain God’s absence when times get hard. Like Job’s friends, we are tempted to think we speak for God in the midst of someone else’s suffering.

Published:
May 19, 2020

The following article is the first chapter of the new memoir, DINOSAURS, VOLCANOES, AND HOLY WRIT: A Boy-Turned-Scientist Journeys from Fundamentalism to Faith, by James L. Hayward. 

Published:
May 18, 2020

In the book I Have a Future, Reinder Bruinsma is the ideal guide in the biblical wisdom about Life and Death. 

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