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Matthew Ingalls
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So You Don't Trust Me? Thoughts on the decline of Americans' trust in pastors
I have a salesman’s voice. Not often. It normally
hibernates, but nothing wakes it like a little social anxiety. Typically, I
find myself talking to a visitor at our church when I feel my voice begin to
slip away. I half expect the following to fly out with...
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Christmas in Your Darkest Room
As a dad of toddlers, I spend a lot of time reading books that rhyme. I also try to find books about Christmas that might compel my kids to wonder at Advent's deeper meanings. Unfortunately, there aren't many books out there like that. So, last Christmas I ...
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The Next 500 Years: Thoughts on the Continuing Reformation
I don’t think about Martin Luther very often. If you asked
me to trace my theological family tree, I’d probably forget to mention him. [1] I consider myself more a descendant of people like Conrad Grebel, Menno Simons,
and the rest of the early Anabaptist c...
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Why I am a hesitant activist
“I don’t think your church is enough of an activist church
for me.” Unsolicited, a friend of mine recently gave me this explanation as to
why he and his family wouldn’t be coming to my church anytime soon. I wasn’t
too surprised. These days activism seems t...
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Jesus, Lead Me Away from My Racism
After Charlottesville, where is a Jesus follower to go? 16 Moreover, when one has
moved toward the Lord he completely removes the veil. 17 Even more,
the Lord is Spirit; where the Spirit of the Lord is there is Liberty. 18 Now
we all, having had the veil re...
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I Thirst: Thoughts for Good Friday
“I thirst.” John 19:28b I thirst. Do you?  I thirst for peace: a world of defused bombs and blunted
spears; silence where screams are now; laughter where gunfire and nails pierce;
families and bodies put back together; and all woven into God’s fatherly arms...
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Humility and Dust: 6 suggestions for Lent
All who exalt themselves
will be humble d, and all who humble themselves will be exalt ed. Matthew 23:12 (NRSV) [1] In 8 th grade I kept a careful count of how many
points I scored during the track season.   I also kept a careful count of how many the rest ...
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My Book, The Upside Down Way
Last Spring I had such a bout of vertigo that I ended up in
the E.R. I remember sitting in the hospital bed, not knowing what had happened
to me, thinking, “I cannot die without writing a book!” A bit irrational, I
know, but the next Monday I started cranki...
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Thoughts on Sexual Abuse for the Church
If you are at all tuned in to the latest election-happenings,
then you are probably thinking and/or talking about sexual assault.   I’m not going to write about Donald Trump,
because this election is so polarizing it causes us to make up our minds before
we...
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