Category: Vulnerability

Whom Do You Put on the Throne?

By Sarah Heynemann, reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. Photo by Sarah Heynemann, taken in Chora Church, Istanbul. “Whom do you position on the throne of Heaven?” Some things in life are truly unpredictable and beyond our control. As a doctor I have a responsibility to inform my patients regarding the desired benefits of a proposed treatment strategy,…

A Grumpy Not-So-Old Man on Labor Day

By David Williamson Labor Day Morning is traditionally the last day of summer and the beginning of Fall. Regular hours, routine, work…as I reflect on this year’s Labor Day, at first I’m grumpy. Not only because of the end of summer, with anticipation of Minnesota’s winter, but primarily from thinking about the way Labor Day is treated by society, and…

Seminary Spotlight: Denver Seminary

By Dan Steiner, reprinted from the Oikonomia Network. Artwork: Light the Lamps, Justin Reddick, mixed media on canvas, 30” x 40”, private collection (used with permission) Justin Reddick wears many hats. He is a husband, father, artist, seminary student and the religious services assistant and creative arts platform facilitator at the Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado. I first met Justin after a lecture I…

Just a Christian

By Matthew B. Harper, a resident in a Virginia prison. Reprinted from Living God’s Mission. “What is your ministry?” As I have worked my way through the church’s discernment process, I have struggled when someone asks me this. And it gets asked a lot. It is a good question because it seeks to understand my role in community, and how I…

Fear and Faithfulness

By Michaela O’Donnell Long, reprinted from the De Pree Center. Recently, I had young woman approach me after a speaking engagement and ask with admiring eyes, “How do you do it all?” When I prodded more, I learned what all meant: she liked the things I taught about, she thought it was wonderful that I have two young children, and she hoped…