Tagged: faith

Entering Darkness to Find Light

By Phileena Heuertz Years ago, my friends Jeelan and Nazreen gave me the gift of physical sight. Jeelan was born into an Urdu-speaking folk Muslim family in the heart of South India’s Tamil Nadu....

What Is the Church?

By Kaitlin B. Curtice The Early Church You think because you understand “one” you must understand “two,” because one and one make two. But you must also understand “and.” —Sufi saying In our early...

That You May Abound in Hope

By Kristyn Komarnicki You tend to feel most hopeful when things are “going your way.”  You nail that first post-graduation job interview. You wake up to clear skies on your (April/outdoor) wedding day. Your...

Hidden Identity

By Kelley Nikondeha As an adopted person I’ve lived with the reality of a hidden history. My origin story remains unknown to me, sealed by a court order for almost 50 years now. I...

Not Safe, But Good

By Elrena Evans My daughter’s first year of Vacation Bible School, she decided halfway through the week that she didn’t want to be a Christian. I learned about her decision from a teen volunteer,...

Fences or Wells?

By John Seel Millennials are abandoning the traditional church. But they are not abandoning spirituality. Is there a way to reconnect the two? The answer may be found by looking at cattle ranchers. There...

On Things I Must Believe

By Aline Mello There are certain things I have to believe. I have to believe that God is good. Though it doesn’t always seem like He is. It doesn’t seem like His plans are...

Why I Go to Confession

By Allison Duncan The week before Easter, I go to confession with a whole two pages’ worth of sins I’ve been collecting throughout Lent. Pastor Beverly welcomes me into her office, and together we...