Dreams and Memorials

Listen to Audio On Memorial Day we honor the American combatants who were killed in one of our many wars. In various places we have memorialized the war dead with statues and plaques and stained glass windows. Daily we pass these pieces of stone and metal and glass, largely oblivious to what they signify. Henri…

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Is This Your Favorite Sunday?

Clergy frequently joke that nobody wants to preach on Trinity Sunday. Our central theological doctrine stretches even the most able mind to the point of breaking. And let’s face it, doctrinal sermons rarely leave congregations rolling in the aisle laughing or reaching for the kleenex. And yet, when they’re talking seriously about their craft, most…

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Body of Truth

Listen to Audio A friend of mine from South Louisiana told me, “Those Cajun boys know how to dance.” She was talking fondly about a particular young Cajun man as if to say, “I love dancing with that guy.” I wondered what it must be like to dance so well that other people want to…

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Claudia, Her Sisters, and the Ascension

Listen to Audio Claudia, Anna, and Amy made a date to share a pizza. It was the Thanksgiving holiday. As Brené Brown tells us in Rising Strong, Claudia was visiting her family in Madison, Wisconsin. Amy—the youngest of these three sisters—had texted Claudia with the pizza invitation. Her idea was to get together without the…

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