Easter
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Easter

Someone told me not long ago “Christmas is like the Super Bowl of Christianity”. I thought about that claim for a moment and replied “I think the Super Bowl is probably Easter…”. Though the Christmas season is profound in its own right, Easter is the single most impactful event in the history of the world....

With
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With

Nearly two years ago, I built a shed. A few weeks ago, I got around to painting it. The delay between building it and painting it was quite intentional. The shed is actually a large resin shed I built with a friend at church as we worked to reopen our inclusive weekday preschool in the...

For Lent: Giving Up
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For Lent: Giving Up

The Lenten season is upon us. It takes only a moment to scroll through social media to find any number of announcements of people pausing their Instagram notifications for the next 40 days, abandoning Wordle until Easter morning, and throwing out all chocolate-based desserts until April 17. Changing established patterns of behavior and thought can...

Out of Breath
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Out of Breath

When I was in high school, I ran a few seasons of cross country. And by ran, I mean I moved at my maximum speed while simultaneously feeling like I was one step away from total collapse. Especially on Mondays. On Mondays, our team would pile in our high school sports van and trek to...

The Gift of Being Known
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The Gift of Being Known

One year, as two broke college students, my friend and I traveled to New York for spring break. We found the absolute cheapest flight possible from the West Coast, which sent us from Northern California to Los Angeles, to Baltimore, to Long Island, to a bus, to a train station, and finally, to Times Square...

With Gratitude
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With Gratitude

Dear Churches, We find ourselves in the season of thanksgiving, smashed somewhere between the last of the pumpkin spice latte and the first of the Christmas cookie season. At times, it is tempting to skip over the focus on gratitude, as I rummage through the last of the Halloween candy and begin hanging our Christmas...

Ministry, Interrupted
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Ministry, Interrupted

When I was a college freshman, I contracted bronchitis while living in the dorms. I was sick for weeks and sharing a dorm room with one other person and a common living area with many more. I would attempt to sleep all night, drag myself to class in the morning, then slink back to my...

How a Broken Foot Helped Me Rethink Accessibility in the Church
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How a Broken Foot Helped Me Rethink Accessibility in the Church

I broke my foot twice in college. Once during an epic semi-final indoor soccer tournament and once during a very routine jog to first base in a co-ed intramural softball game. Altogether, I spent the better part of two months on crutches or in a cumbersome, hard-sided therapeutic boot. I would hobble from the parking...

Building Inclusive Culture in a Small Church
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Building Inclusive Culture in a Small Church

There is a very popular warehouse store close to my house where you can buy nearly anything in bulk. Need 300 packs of cheese crackers? Aisle 4. Four dozen dishrags? Aisle 12. Sheet cakes the size of Nebraska? At the bakery in the back. While many in my community thoroughly enjoy the thrill of purchasing...

Who Are We? Inclusion in Any Sized Church
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Who Are We? Inclusion in Any Sized Church

“Bronwyn…wait…” I momentarily snapped out of my inner chaos and turned around. “Hey, how are you feeling about all of this?”. I looked at the rain that began to fall all around us and rolled up my child’s freshly printed assessment results in my hands over and over. “If you ever want to meet and...

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