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Why Christians Have Mastered Making Monsters of Others: A Book Review on “Reviving Old Scratch” by Richard Beck

This entry is part 32 of 32 in the series Book Reviews

This entry is part 32 of 32 in the series Book Reviews   “The trouble with the Devil,” writes Richard Beck in his introduction to Reviving Old Scratch,” is that we see him in the faces of those we hate, justifying our violence toward them. (xvi)” There are many problems that come with not believing […]

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The Christian Way to Make a Decision (Discerning God’s Will)

Highland is in the middle of an elder-selection process. As we approach elder-candidates, I prepared a handout to help them better discern whether God is calling them to join our eldership or not. These points and exercises come from St. Ignatius and Ignatian spirituality, which majors on helping people discern God’s will in decision making. […]

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How to Live with God: Fall in Love (Pt. 4)

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series How to Live with God

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series How to Live with God   German poet Rainer Rilke was twenty-three when he traveled to Russia with the woman who was his soul mate, Lou, in 1899. ¬†After his return, over twenty-five days near Berlin, he wrote sixty-seven poems which became the first part […]

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What a Community Leader Said He Can’t Do That Only Churches Can Do Regarding Race

    Last night Memphis pastors and police prayed with one another and listened to each other in the aftermath of shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Texas. It was the largest gathering of white and black faith leaders I’d seen in Memphis. Perhaps the most senior pastor in attendance shared a story of marching down […]

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