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Serious Wounds: Becoming the Balm of Gilead

I’m convinced that small towns and rural regions have a critical role in determining the direction of our nation. A couple months ago Ashlyn and I began to feel a call to organize a vigil in our own small town and joined with some like-minded local folks with similar stirrings. It was stretching, to say [...]

The Rest of the Story: One Confession, Ten People, and Many Questions about Racism and Rural Action

"What's the deal with that colored fella out in the parking lot?" An older patron asked me this question when he came into the library to return his DVDs. It was so unexpected and inappropriate that I stood dumbfounded for a few seconds before responding with a mix of confusion and irritation: "Pardon me?" "I [...]

Now the Green Blade Rises

This is a guest post from my friend Anthony Kirk. I asked if I could share his reflection because I think it speaks to the season and the divine wisdom hidden in creation. It reminds me of Martin Luther’s quote about the mystery of Christ in nature: “Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, [...]

Pandemic Possibilities (Part 1): Testing God, Caremongering, and Jesus in a Public Health Crisis

The last several years of my life have been gripped and guided by the gospel story in Mark commonly known as The Feeding of the Multitude, or incorrectly named The Feeding of the 5,000 (5,000 men but easily 20 or 30,000 people). It has shaped my faith and practice in a number of ways and [...]

Take Courage: Some Things I Learned in 2019

2019: It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.  Every year brings its own gifts and challenges. For me, though, 2019 brought a lot of both. It was a hard year in some respects. More conflict than normal. Many tears. Wrestling with hard questions and hard answers. Raging at the darkness [...]

Sent Home

Today's post comes from the manuscript of a message shared by Andy Henry when he and Ashlyn shared reflections on mission with Old Stone Presbyterian Church in Delaware, Ohio. Ashlyn talked about her experience with international and short-term mission trips while Andy talked about mission in a local context. Enjoy!  Samuel L. Clemens, also known [...]