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A New View of Mary and Martha

By Christine Sine

A couple of weeks ago, I read a fascinating article that talked about how chemical sprays—both pesticides and fertilizers—negatively impact beneficial insects by altering the electrical field around flowers, making bumblebees less likely to land on them for pollination.

Elrena Evans on Prayer and the Discomfort of Difference

By Elrena Evans

Originally posted April 21, 2022

We spoke with Elrena Evans about her new book, Special Grace: Prayers and Reflections for Families with Special Needs from InterVarsity Press. Below you’ll find our conversation, as well as an excerpt from Evans’ beautiful book.

Why Pilgrimage Has Become My Lenten Practice

By Nikki Toyama-Szeto

You can listen to an audio version of this piece here.

Walking the pathway, I wanted to look up at the stony landscape.  But the path was so pebbly that I had to keep my eyes on the ground to keep from stumbling. 

Confessions of a Total Lenten Failure

By Kristyn Komarnicki

You can listen to an audio version of this piece here.

From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.

John 1:16

I am a failure when it comes to spiritual disciplines.

Why, Between White Jesus and Me, One of Us Had to Die

By Tamice Spencer-Helms

It had been three years since Trayvon Martin was killed. I was living in Atlanta, Georgia, working full-time for a mostly white college ministry. And I was dying inside. 

I spent the three years after Trayvon died in perpetual despair.

Finding Our Place in the World

By David Clough
What emotions do you bring to worship this evening? Delight at glimpses of beauty and of love? Sadness at tragic loss? Anger at injustice? Resentment and bitterness about our lot?