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Afraid to Post on Facebook

posted by Carolyn Henderson

I have a cat named Xena the Warrior Princess, which is a diverting misnomer because she is one of the timidest animals alive. Admittedly, as far as staying alive, running away from trouble is a successful stratagem for Xena, who spends her days concealed in the bushes, wide-eyed and paranoid. When she does venture out, she […]

5 “Sins” That Aren’t Sins

posted by Carolyn Henderson

Christians frequently talk about grace, love, acceptance, and freedom, and indeed, these attributes are abundantly available to the person who follows Christ. Unfortunately, however, within Christian group settings (“community” is the latest buzzword), rules abound, all the more insidious because they […]

Lessons from the Easter Bunny

posted by Carolyn Henderson

Full disclosure: we do Easter egg hunts. But then again, we also do Halloween and Santa, and have been remarkably able to separate these particular family traditions from our theological viewpoints. As Christians, it’s important to not only talk, and talk, and talk […]

Shutting up the Voices in Our Heads

posted by Carolyn Henderson

I just returned from posting letters in our mailbox, 3oo feet from our house. It’s a cold, foggy day, and over the crunch of gravel under my feet I heard the sibilant song of a little bird. Five little notes. […]

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Why Doesn't God DO Something?
On one of the Christian Google-Plus communities I follow, a perfidious little troll regularly posts photos of starving children, highlighting his point with accompanying commentary like, "Where is the good and gracious God?" Actually, he's more verbally adroit than that -- quite clever

posted 7:55:57pm Sep. 01, 2014 | read full post »

“Jesus Loves You!” -- Enough, Already
I don't know about you, but I am tired of being told, at every store I enter or order from online, that I am receiving the lowest prices -- ever! The statement is made so much and so sweepingly, that I don't remotely believe it, and when at Store B -- with the lowest prices in town -- I found thr

posted 7:51:58pm Aug. 28, 2014 | read full post »

When Mighty Church Leaders Fall, Do They Crush the People Underneath?
In our younger years, my husband the Norwegian Artist and I bicycled through small-town America, and for housing, we often asked a local church if we could camp in their basement. Encountering everything from open-armed hospitality to outright hostility, we ultimately found ourselves attending a l

posted 7:14:29pm Aug. 27, 2014 | read full post »

Are We Being Bullied to Think a Certain Way?
Think of the term, Judeo-Christian values. We bandy it about, especially we Christians, and the idea is that, because Jews and Christians share a common heritage (the Old Testament, and Abraham as our collective father), we should support one another, without question (although I'm not sure if

posted 8:04:15pm Aug. 25, 2014 | read full post »

Christianity Is Not a Political Party
We have two sets of friends that we have always wanted to put together in the same room: Set A is classic U.S.A. Republican party, and they worship George W. Bush. The world ended on the day he left the White House, and if they believed in saints, George would be greater than Peter. [caption i

posted 7:11:11pm Aug. 22, 2014 | read full post »


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