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Not everyone likes tattoos.  Teresa Kaepernick knows that too well.  She was more enthused than anyone when her son Colin became the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.  She knew that every NFL quarterback gets criticism.  But she never guessed his tattoos would be a cause.  She, like Colin, was stunned to hear people [...]

Newtown Tragedy What do you say when there are no words to say? In the face of a tragedy, clichés melt away. Or should. I’ve been struck by how many wise people have wisely said the right response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School is silence. Pastor and author Eugene Peterson recommended such [...]

In some regions, early in the history of Christianity, candidates chanted Psalm 42 while proceeding to the baptistery for baptism. The practice was based on the psalm’s initial image, the iconography of deer coming to drink at flowing streams. The idea, of course, is to connect the desire of the candidates to drink from, even [...]

Mother Teresa’s inner battle echoes words from Psalm 22 Adapted from By David Van Biema, Religion News Service… “On Sept. 5, 1997, the world mourned when Mother Teresa, whose work with the poorest of the poor made her a global icon, died of a heart ailment at age 87. Exactly 10 years later, the world [...]

The relentless realism of the psalms is not depressing in the way that television news can be, although many of the same events are reported: massacres, injustices to those who have no one to defend them, people tried in public by malicious tongues. As a book of praises, meant to be sung, the Psalter contains [...]

A friend, a terrific pastor and church planter in California wrote out of frustration… “Woe to me that I dwell in Meshech, that I live among the tents of Kedar!” laments the Psalmist (Psalm 120). According to the commentaries, Meshech and Kedar are generic stand-ins for bad places to live. The Psalmist explains why living [...]

Delegates came streaming in. Some walked, some road motorcycles, many came as part of entire congregations all bused together. Some came escorted by police convoys. Others had flown from other continents, representing more than 100 countries. The thousands found their way in to Independence Square in Accra, Ghana’s capital, inscribed with the words “Freedom and [...]

Bible commentator and scholar Bruce Waltke has spent his life loving and explaining the Old Testament. One day, after hearing Bruce speak, a Viet Nam veteran sent him this letter: “In one of the battles I fought in Viet Nam there were dead and wounded all around me. Having gone for three days without sleep [...]

In his powerfully helpful book Praying the Psalms (50) Walter Brueggemann reminds us that Jews cannot pray very long without meditating on the Torah. Pointing to Psalms 1, 19, and 119 as examples he says the Torah is at the very center of Jewish spirituality. Such psalm-based, Torah inspired spirituality delivers us from the excessive [...]

Walter Brueggemann looks like he walked right out of the psalms. White hair. Wise face. Intelligent, piercing eyes. Quick laugh. Fearless and kind conversation. After reading his insightful and profound work on the psalms–books like “The Psalms and the Life of Faith” and “The Message of the Psalms” it was a rare treat to see [...]

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