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Trying to Do ‘the Right Thing’

Department: Author: Lindsay Vander HoekI am always amazed when I see a cross-cut of a purple cabbage—intricate white and magenta waves glistening with juice. And when I pull a bright carrot out of dark black soil, I can’t help wondering: How did it get so orange?Our faith encourages us to delight i

Digital Life

Department: Author: Dean R. HeetderksMapping our family’s genealogy online started out as simple curiosity for my husband but now it’s all he talks and thinks about. Should I be concerned?Some years back, USA Today claimed genealogy was the second most popular hobby in the United States. What was t

What Should Christians Do about Gentrification?

Department: Author: Melissa KuipersAs I Was Saying is a forum for a variety of perspectives to foster faith-related conversations among our readers with the goal of mutual learning, even in disagreement. Apart from articles written by editorial staff, these perspectives do not necessarily reflect t

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Department: Author: Refinements for SynodA recommendation I suggest is that synod commit to scheduling overtures and appeals on Mondays so that geographically distant synod attendees can attend without missing seven days of work (“Task Force Recommends Refinements for Annual Synods,” Feb 2019). Cur

Vocation

Department: Author: Douglas J. SchuurmanShould we know what choice God is calling us to make before we decide what path to take?God calls us in remarkably diverse and unpredictable ways. Because this is so, there is no simple or generalizable formula for discerning what task, career, or domestic po

Hide-and-Seek

Department: Author: Christin Baker You’ve probably played hide-and-seek outside with your friends. But did you know that some animals are great at hiding too? A walking stick insect can blend in with its surroundings by pretending to be a stick. But some animals can hide by changing colors! Here

When Lenten Fasting Is Indistinguishable from a Cleanse

Department: Author: Tara Isabella BuronAs I Was Saying is a forum for a variety of perspectives to foster faith-related conversations among our readers with the goal of mutual learning, even in disagreement. Apart from articles written by editorial staff, these perspectives do not necessarily refle

Faith . . . in Jesus

Department: Author: Neil JasperseIn our culture it is quite fashionable to acknowledge a person’s faith. We’re likely to praise the strong faith that enables people to courageously cope with major challenges. This is true even in primarily secular settings.Take an advice column like the “Dear Abby”

Bible/Church/Doctrine

Department: Author: Henry De MoorWhat do you consider to be the most humorous passage in Scripture?Thanks for asking! I'm always grateful for those who find humor important for our health and welfare, including biblical humor. There's a lot of it. But my favorite? I suppose one obvious choice would

Why Market Solutions Don’t Work for Churches

Department: Author: Arthur E. FarnsleyAs I Was Saying is a forum for a variety of perspectives to foster faith-related conversations among our readers with the goal of mutual learning, even in disagreement. Apart from articles written by editorial staff, these perspectives do not necessarily reflec

예방이냐, 촉진이냐?

Department: Author: Shiao Chong쌓인 원고를 비판적인 시각으로 읽고 나면, 저는 비판적인 생각만 계발하고 있는 것 같아 걱정됩니다. 아마 편집자의 직업병인 것 같습니다. 하지만 우리의 타락한 죄성은 결점과 부정적인 것에 초점을 맞추기 쉬운 것이 사실입니다.예수님이 우리에게 형제의 눈 속의 티를 찾으려고 하지 말라고 하신 말씀이 바로 이런 의미입니다. (마 7:3) 다시 말해 우리에겐 아주 작은 결점도 찾아내어, 크게 확대 하려는 경향성이 있습니다. 연구자들은 이런 우리의 경향성, 즉 긍정적인 정보보다 부

Prevención o Promoción

Department: Author: Shiao ChongDespués de leer decenas de manuscritos con un ojo crítico, temo que pueda estar desarrollando un espíritu crítico. Supongo que es un peligro laboral para un editor. Pero es fácil para nuestra naturaleza caída y pecaminosa centrarnos en defectos y lados negativos.Jesús

Prevention or Promotion

Department: Author: Shiao ChongAfter reading scores of manuscripts with a critical eye, I fear I may be developing a critical spirit. I guess it’s an occupational hazard for an editor. But it’s easy for our fallen sinful natures to focus on flaws and negatives.Jesus recognized this when he called o

On Kesha (and Truth Proclaimed in Unexpected Places)

Department: Author: Maaike MuddeMy Spotify playlists are organized by the seasons of the church calendar. There’s Lent, Advent, Epiphany, and Pentecost. My playlist “Common Time” happens to be almost exclusively made up of female artists. They’re mostly pop stars with something to say to the patria

Missional Living

Department: Author: Reginald SmithI have had awful times talking about justice with my family and friends who do not agree with my perspective. I love them, but my approach is not working. Any advice?You are not alone. The conversations around many dinner tables, church fellowship spaces, and coffe

Ethics

Department: Author: Shiao ChongWhat is wrong with gene editing in embryos if we can save children from horrible genetic diseases?This scientific technology is so new that we do not yet fully comprehend all the possible implications and consequences—unintended or otherwise—to be able to evaluate it

Brioche Loaves and Two Fish

Department: Author: John LeeAs I Was Saying is a forum for a variety of perspectives to foster faith-related conversations among our readers with the goal of mutual learning, even in disagreement. Apart from articles written by editorial staff, these perspectives do not necessarily reflect the view

Relationships

Department: Author: Judy Cook Why does the abuse of power by leaders in our churches and parachurch organizations seem to be more common than it used to be, and how can we best address this problem?It is true that our churches are plagued, like the rest of society, by the scourge of leadership ab

Why Did Jesus Have to Die on a Cross?

Department: Author: Felix FernandezIt’s the most recognizable symbol of the Christian faith—the cross of Jesus Christ. Crosses are hung on necklaces, embroidered on sleeves, tattooed on arms, faded into hairstyles, painted on fingernails, branded on belt buckles, stuck on car bumpers, mounted on ch

Submitting to One Another

Department: Author: Ryan Faber I read about a congregational meeting on a contentious matter. The initial vote was tied. When the chair announced the results, he said, “As chair of this meeting, it is my privilege to cast the deciding vote. I choose to abstain. The motion is neither carried nor d