In Flint, a future built on schools as well as safe water

Category: News
Flint, Mich. When her two-year-old son DeQuincey was diagnosed with elevated lead levels and developmental delays, Crystal Garcia-Pitts worried he might face a lifetime of health and behavioral challenges. The infamous Flint crisis over lead-tainted water, while not definitively to blame, was a

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What Matters Most for the New Year

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
Moving into a new year isn’t as simple as merely turning the page on a calendar. Sometimes, instead of an organized list of plans and goals the new year looks like a list of question marks. The things of life don’t always fall neatly into place with everything sorted and resolved according to

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Heart, Soul, Mind, Strength

Category: Daily Devotions
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.” Luke 10:27 Ever wonder what the Bible means when it says to love God with your heart, soul, strength, and mind? As one who does not know either Hebrew or Greek, […]

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Fearing Feedback

Category: Young Adults and Singles
Last February, I called my friend Kelly to discuss an email that we had just received. We cohost a podcast called Soladarity—the Singleness Podcast, and at the time we were only about a month into this new passion project. One of our good friends had sent us an email giving us feedback, and I

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Enduring the Long Winter of #UMC Discontent

Category: Technology
Between Epiphany and General Conference, there isn’t much else to do but fight. Don’t let it happen. Winter is coming already here After the liturgical day of Epiphany, we enter Ordinary Time: eight Sundays until Lent begins. In the assigned Scriptures from the Lectionary, this is a time of

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The God of All Comfort: Trinity and Trauma

Category: ALL, Interviews, Outreach
My colleague, Scott Harrower, has a new book about to release on God of All Comfort: A Trinitarian Response to the Horrors of This Age (Bellingham, WA: Lexham, April 2019). This is a book that combines the new area of trauma studies with the old area of trinitarian theology. Here is the blurb:

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Questions for 2019

Category: Daily Devotions
“Each of you has been blessed with one (or more) of God’s many wonderful gifts to be used in the service of others. So use your gift well. If you have the gift of speaking, preach God’s message. If you have the gift of helping others, do it with the strength that God supplies. Everything […]

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A La Carte (January 10)

Category: Family, Featured, General, Outreach
There are, once again, a few Kindle deals to take a look at today.  Meanwhile, Westminster Books has discounted 2018’s bestsellers. (Yesterday on the blog: January New and Notable Books) Grown Men Are the Solution, Not the Problem David French is one of many who has responded to some concerning

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The Power of Perspective in Your Marriage

Category: Family
Marriage 91101/09/19 “He’s never going to change,” Jodi said, looking over at her husband. “He’s always been this way and will probably always stay this way.” She turned away from her husband, Thomas, and looked at me. “I don’t think you can tell

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As shutdown’s impact grows, pressure rises to end it

Category: News
Washington With a government shutdown now 18 days old and coming into sharper focus with the end of holiday season, its impacts on Americans are spreading. An estimated 800,000 federal workers across the nation are on furlough or working without pay, uncertain when they’ll get their next

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What’s Your Focus?

Category: Daily Devotions
There are many posts, blogs, articles and thoughts about the New Year. Make a resolution or not. Turn over a new leaf. Find a meaningful word. What is our focus? If it is on us, then perhaps it is why we seem to fall short each year. After all, Paul reminds us that we have […]

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God Blesses You

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“You crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways overflow with abundance.” Psalm 65:11 All year round, every hour of every day, God is richly blessing us. He blesses us when we sleep, and when we wake His mercy is upon us. The sun may leave us a legacy of darkness, but […]

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