Removing the Mask

“Do you want to come in and see the confessional booth?” Father Adrian had been such a gracious host, allowing my class of ninth grade Bible students to explore the ins and outs of his sanctuary. The majority of them had grown up in Protestant traditions and had never...

Who Are You?

“Hello, my name is Steven.” I have to confess: I really don’t like name tags. When you go to a conference full of people that you don’t know, however, name tags can be helpful. I found myself in just such a situation this week, gathering with colleagues from across...

Salvation: Does one size fit all?

Is salvation a universal experience? Now, before anyone jumps to conclusions and accuses me of some form of heresy, let me be clear. I’m not talking about universalism here – the idea that everyone will be saved, regardless of their beliefs. What I am asking is...

What Do You Stand For?

“If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” So, the old proverb goes. Why is it often so much easier to be against something than it is to be for something? Just listen to many of the conversations happening in the broader cultural context of our...

Pilgrims in a Foreign Land

The experience is terrifying. You walk out of the store, down the aisle of parked cars, go right to the place where you parked, and find no car. Almost immediately, panic ensues. “Where did it go? What happened to my vehicle?” The imagination takes over. “Somebody has...

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