Everything Happens for a Reason, and Other Lies I’ve Loved by Kate Bowler

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By the Rev. Carol Petty At thirty-five, a perfectly healthy and happy Kate Bowler is on her way. She has her dream job teaching at Duke Divinity School, a storybook marriage to her high school sweetheart, and an adorable baby son. What more could a person want? What a person…

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Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor

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By the Rev. Carol Petty People go to tremendous lengths to escape darkness--literal or metaphorical. We much prefer light. Perhaps our aversion to darkness results from the historic Christian teaching that darkness equals evil. And yet, the Biblical narrative abounds with stories revealing that God does mighty works in the…

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In the Belly of the Great Fish

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By Rebecca Hall Well, aren’t we glad that Lent is over! My favorite Facebook meme of the season, “This is the Lentiest Lent I Ever Lented” sums it up nicely.  Whether or not we wanted to deprive ourselves of something precious to us for a few weeks, we did.  We gave up going to…

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