Weighing the Psalms
January 21st, 2019

Weighing the Psalms

Alex Miller

When we’re young, the wealth of time and energy most of us enjoy makes us capable of heroic things. For instance, during high school I can remember getting up every weekday morning at 4:30 to read a little Scripture. Now I am incapable of staying conscious at that hour ...

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When the Armies of Heaven Sang for Joy
December 24th, 2018

When the Armies of Heaven Sang for Joy

Suzy Silk

This two-part series explores the mystery and wonder of the Christmas story from the perspective of angels. This Christmas, as we gather with family, sing Christmas songs, and open presents under our trees, we might find an angel ornament hanging from a branch or ...

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Why the Angels Were Excited for Christmas
December 17th, 2018

Why the Angels Were Excited for Christmas

Suzy Silk

This two-part series explores the mystery and wonder of the Christmas story from the perspective of angels. Each year, I try to keep the Christmas story fresh by approaching it from a different perspective. This year, join me in considering the version in ...

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Good Food and God’s Goodness
December 3rd, 2018

Good Food and God’s Goodness

Suzy Silk

Growing up in New England, my family would drive out to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, each year for our two weeks of summer vacation. I have many memories from decades of these vacations, and most of them are “sense memories”—the smell of the salty breeze, the feel of the sand ...

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Scripture in Winter Light
November 26th, 2018

Scripture in Winter Light

Rosalie J. Karjala

As autumn moves along, do you find yourself bracing for the dark days to come, as I do? Encroaching darkness It’s early December in northern Minnesota. I love this state, but its bleak landscape seems to mirror my dread of the coming winter. The relentless flatness ...

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The Power of Thanksgiving
November 19th, 2018

The Power of Thanksgiving

Rosalie J. Karjala

The word “Thanksgiving” has taken on a whole new meaning since the Pilgrims and Native Americans celebrated together in 1621. Since that first Thanksgiving, we Americans have layered the word with thoughts of turkey roasting in a warm kitchen, pumpkin pie piled high with whipped cream, and families gathering. ...

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How Can Reading Scripture Strengthen Your Faith?
November 5th, 2018

How Can Reading Scripture Strengthen Your Faith?

Rosalie J. Karjala

Cruising along in Hebrews 11, the famous “faith” chapter, I am struck by verse 6: “Without faith it is impossible to please God” (NIV). Now that statement stops me in my tracks. If faith is that important to God, it should be important to me. Is faith something more ...

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How to Understand the Paradoxes in Biblical Poetry
September 10th, 2018

How to Understand the Paradoxes in Biblical Poetry

Michael Dechane

The psalms are poetry, and understanding poetry often happens in stages as we grapple with its language, images, forms, and rhythms. If a poem expresses paradox, or communicates the reality of living with ambivalence, or traces the hazy outline of mystery—we are likely to be put off, confused, or ...

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