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The Priesthood of All Believers in the Face of Racism

The Priesthood of All Believers in the Face of Racism

Even though I watch from Australia, the other side of the world doesn’t seem so far away. The turmoil and grief of my native country, of my black brothers and sisters, fills my mind and heart as I pour over news articles and podcasts and grasp for some way to act wisely and faithfully in response.  Muddled though my thoughts and emotions are, one idea has surfaced again and again this week: the priesthood of all believers. Might there be…

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A Goodness We Can’t Keep to Ourselves

A Goodness We Can’t Keep to Ourselves

The word good is a staple of my vocabulary. I use it frequently, describing my mood, the work others have done, the experiences I have. It comes naturally as a quick and easy response or a casual compliment. As a result, it has lost potency and sharpness, too tired to mean much. When I come, then, to the fruit of the Spirit and find goodness, ambiguity meets me. What is the goodness produced by a life united to Christ and…

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Stewards & Wanderers

Stewards & Wanderers

Modern-day prophet Wendell Berry is clear: we must stay and we must love the places where we stay. No sentimentality, no cynicism, only a fierce commitment to loving a place through and through to its flourishing. Berry’s vision is so beautiful, so passionate, that I am easily swept up in it. My heart pounds and my ears ring when I read of the devastation of so many places, of our carelessness and inattention that has destroyed them. I cannot let…

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