It’s a no-win for the voices of exclusion

Amy Butler

World Vision may have set a table for us to gather around and begin the conversation we must have.

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Finding grace in Lent

Amy Butler

In our overachieving, performance-driven society, we’re tempted to tackle the work of Lent like we would a challenging homework assignment.

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Trendy? Maybe, but the church needs more of it

Amy Butler

After overcoming initial reluctance, the experience of offering ashes on a busy Washington street revealed the deep needs of passersby.

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Where’s that bishop on my speed dial?

Amy Butler

Congregational polity requires us to have a little more skin in the game, to put more of ourselves into the nurture of healthy communities. That can hurt.

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Considering seminary? Get ready for the unexpected.

Amy Butler

There are things I wasn’t taught in seminary. But there was plenty I did learn — some of them unexpected.

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Sometimes spiritual discipline requires a 'thumbs up'

Amy Butler

Following Jesus is hard. An encouraging word may be what keeps us at it.

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Finding a place to ask the tough questions

Amy Butler

The church must find a way to welcome and love and honor individuals honestly grappling with questions we can never fully answer anyway.

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Ghosts of Christmas past

Amy Butler

It’s a beautiful irony of human experience that we work so hard to keep things static, and all the while they are always constantly changing.

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Not afraid of miracles

Amy Butler

Miracles happen, because God is with us through everything.

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Embracing conflict

Amy Butler

Welcome to the season of conflict avoidance.

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Don’t suck

Amy Butler

If you’re answering a call to professional ministry, please don’t suck. This work is too important for anything less than excellent.

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Unwrapping the church

Amy Butler

Questions about identity and calling in a congregation are rarely answered with the application of prepackaged strategies.

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The worst new church member speech ever

Amy Butler

“Take up your cross and follow” can be a hard sell in a consumer culture.

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Government shutdown comes to church

Amy Butler

You may have heard: we’re having a little national crisis right now.

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Church in the checkout line

Amy Butler

People are looking for connection, whether in church or in the supermarket line.

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