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Gather us in

Yesterday was Homecoming Sunday in our congregation, time to come home again from all the places where life scatters us, time to gather in that place where, as the saying goes, when you go there they have to take you in. A day for reconnecting with a place where some important roots have been sunk and […]

The use of money, part 2

Enough small talk. No more chatter about what team we favor for the playoffs, or which apple we think makes the best pie, or what we like to do in our free time. If we’re going to know one another, Thomas Merton – if we take him seriously, and if we take our life seriously […]

The use of money, part 1

Mark Twain said, “It ain’t the parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it’s the parts that I do understand.” Here’s one thing Jesus said that’s pretty understandable: “You cannot serve God and wealth” (Luke 16:13). It’s hard to turn around in a box that tightly constructed, so I thought I’d […]

God Is Jealous

The main thing in life, someone said, is to keep the main thing the main thing. Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least.1 Albert Gray, a Prudential Life Insurance Company officer known nationwide as a writer and speaker, spent his life searching for the one common denominator […]