It’s a worry if the church simply transfers the exhausting, life-draining, joy-sucking demands of the rest of life to its own agenda and programs. The Gospel demands that people need something very different than to feel that their church sees them as a resource to meet their goals. Worse still, the thought that coming to …

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A reflection on the Christian life as a long obedience in a consistent direction. This is not a process where Jesus gets us in, and then we set to work to keep ourselves in. This is a constant remembering of the fact we’re only in because of what Jesus has done. The more our lives …

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These words were written with the season of Lent in mind, but they could easily be true of Good Friday as parts of Protestantism observe it. Each year we spend forty days pretending Jesus is going to die; we go hungry and grow—despite ourselves—angry; we prepare for what is going to take place. But it …

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Anger with God is not unbelief. It is an aspect of faith that has reached its current limitations. Bonnie Zahl writes about the various ways in which a relationship with God will sometimes find us in pain and wrestling with him. Being in relationship with other Christians we need to grow together in grace and …

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