Devotional

Car 54, where are you?

Theology | Do we trust God in all things?
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 12/29/20, 12:29 am

lost my car in Brooklyn. It’s not a long story: I forgot where I parked it. 

“I could have sworn” (a sentence-starter that gets a workout nowadays) it was on Prospect Place between Franklin and Bedford. But when I arrived in the general vicinity a half mile or so from my daughter’s brownstone, as hard as hope tried to conjure a Pennsylvania plate in the chorus line of gold New York tags, there was none.

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AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty

On the edge of a precipice

Faith & Inspiration | Reaching for new life born of sorrow and suffering
by Mindy Belz
Posted 12/10/20, 01:02 pm

In my first magazine column of 2020, I wrote about “new life born from sorrow and suffering” and asked: “Are we ready to embrace the suffering to come in the new year? And are we able to look beyond the bad-news headlines to find opportunities for helping neighbors and to glimpse more of the good news to come?”

Allow me to be the first to answer: I was not ready.

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Crossing the line

Faith & Inspiration | God’s emphasis on spirit and flesh goes back further than Christ in the manger
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 12/10/20, 12:29 pm

“I’m trying to believe in reincarnation,” wrote my best friend from high school, when we were two years out from graduation and trying to figure it all out. If I’d had my wits about me—they were pretty scattered back then—I would have written back, “Let’s talk about incarnation.” 

While celebrating Christmas as hard as it can, the world doesn’t think much about this doctrine. It’s very strange—nothing like it. And yet there’s nothing so oddly resonant, both in Scripture and in history.

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