Wesley Walker Apr 22, 2019

“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.” —Ephesians 4:15 (RSV)

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Justin Hall Apr 19, 2019

“Destroy this cathedral,” Jesus said to them. “Destroy it, and I will rebuild it in three days.”

“But it took epochs to build!” they protested. “It took epochs to build, and you’re going to rebuild it in three days? How?”

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Josh Mayo Apr 15, 2019

There are three kinds of teachers: the tough, the nice, and the charitable.

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Danny Breed Apr 12, 2019

“Cinderella” is neither an allegory nor a gospel story, yet as with all of creation, it reveals aspects of the gospel story in various ways. Just as creation reveals God’s divine nature and eternal power, this tale reflects particular experiences of the universal church that manifest God’s dealings with the church. Within this beloved fairy tale, we see a picture of the endurance, favor, and rescue of the universal church.

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Justin Hall Apr 10, 2019

One morning I shadowed a middle-school tour inside the Cleveland Art Museum for half an hour, overhearing the tour guide’s lecture. I had already spent two hours between the medieval and romantic exhibits—a breathtaking experience of history given in full sweep—and now, as though inevitably, I end my round in the late-modern and contemporary gallery. Here I find the group of students sitting on the floor in a huddle, hugging their knees, while a middle-aged woman, the museum tour guide, gestures to a painting behind her.

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Jessica Deagle Apr 8, 2019

I love reading and listening to stories. When the stories feel real and true, I love them even more because they make me feel that the longings and dreams I have are not thwarted but possible. They resonate with my heart and propel me to noble behaviors. When I consider David and his sins yet hear God proclaim him as a man after his own heart (because of his willingness to repent), I feel encouraged that I too can pursue the heart of God.

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Jonathan Gray Apr 3, 2019

March 20 marked the vernal equinox: the last day of winter and first day of spring. Late in the week, while talking with my mother on the phone, she told me that the sandhill cranes are migrating over my hometown in northeast Illinois, flying back from a winter spent in warmer climes. Growing up, these flocks foretold the imminent arrival of the spring thaw, the end of the bone-numbing, lake-effect cold. March 21 marks the beginning of a new season as well.

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Matt Bell Apr 1, 2019

In the spring of eleventh grade, I first read The Great Gatsby, fell in love with it, and then re-read it religiously every third summer for the next twelve years. I also read Fitzgerald’s other novels in my early twenties, though only once each.

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Monte Knetter Mar 29, 2019

A specter haunts the West. It denies knowable, communicable truth and thereby threatens the dissolution of all community and the atomization of every individual. While variations of this specter have appeared in prior ages and indeed have never been wholly absent, today’s intelligentsia and masses alike have imbibed and manifest this specter to degrees hitherto unknown. Unless it is exercised, the specter of postmodernism will continue to poison us against each other and undermine the basis of our society while distracting us from questions of ultimate importance.

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Eric Wearne Mar 25, 2019

“The Holy Ghost will not come until you see yourself as you are—a lazy ignorant conceited youth!” – Father Finn, “The Enduring Chill”

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