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Photo of the Day: The Joy of Dancing

Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty firmament! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his surpassing greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with clanging cymbals; [...]Read More...

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Somos Tierra Memory Gallery

Artistic expression provides us with a language [that] touches the fibers of our emotions and consciousness. It is a mix of feelings with materials… we have, here, objects of daily life that force us to mediate, contemplate and to transform. –Camilo Gonzalez Pozo, Director of the Center for Memory, Peace and Reconciliation. Colombians dream big. [...]Read More...

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Reaping Where You Did Not Sow

For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. The one who had received the five talents went off at once and [...]Read More...

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On God and Weather

This was originally posted on [place holder], the work of Jeni Falkman-Grangaard. Cross-posted here by permission. Once again our prayers rise up for people caught in the eye of the storm. Missouri. Illinois. Indiana. Kentucky. Lord, have mercy. Once again preachers are blaming the people and naming the weather pattern “judgment.” Christ, have mercy. Stay [...]Read More...

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Drawing Water Without a Bucket

As long as our vision remains unachieved, we are restless. We seek relentlessly to learn, adapt, and grow. Our goals are so compelling and human suffering so pervasive that we are unsatisfied with the status quo. With entrepreneurial eyes, we are careful to make the most of every opportunity (Ephesians 5:15-16). With creativity, we build [...]Read More...

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To Cut, or Not to Cut? Iowa Teen Runs Dread-ful Fundraiser

I never have liked haircuts. While growing up, I always dreaded the buzzing of the clippers and the close calls with my ears and the scissors.  At the end of eighth grade, I finally gained the permission to grow out my hair.  As I started high school, I wanted to set myself apart in my [...]Read More...

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In the World and Of the World: A Biblical Way of Being

The church is more than a building. It is the body of Christ called to serve the world. We gather once a week (give or take) to help us be the church together because our lives in this world matter. Discussion about the church’s role in the world has often been relegated to spiritual work, [...]Read More...

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Sing It Out, No Matter Where You Are

This post was written by Bishop Bruce Burnside and originally appeared in the January 2012 Newsletter of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin A few weeks ago I was in a quite nice restaurant – the kind of restaurant where people are expected to follow certain codes of behavior, the sort of place where one observes [...]Read More...

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Love in Society is Named Justice

The following was originally posted by Pastor Clint Schnekloth at Lutheran Confessions: The longest running Lutheran blog in North America. I was honored recently when Lutheran World Relief asked to see if I’d be willing to be a guest blogger on their blog. They plan to post a series of short blog posts that look at the sustainable [...]Read More...

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