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Children, Hope, and Our Declining Churches

This review discusses suicide. P.D. James’s dystopian novel, The Children of Men, describes an unnerving world in which humanity suddenly and collectively loses the ability...

You Lose When You Deny Death

In the first seven years at my parish, I have commended to God the souls of over 40 people. The first ten came in...

An Elegy towards Hope

Stand with me for a moment on the southern shore of a lake only a few miles from where I live in mid-Wales. To...

The Fruit of Anticipation

A few weeks ago, I had the immense privilege of attending a historic football game at Lambeau Field. A friend of my parish offered to...

The Audacious Hope of Advent

Content warning: Miscarriage. The defining feature of my life right now is that I am pregnant. Almost every casual conversation starts with either a “Congratulations!”...

Watching and Waiting

"Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or...

What Do Christians Make of Secular Christmas Ads?

I’m one of those people who thinks he doesn’t really enjoy all the secular, cheesy, mass-produced holiday frivolity. I’m a serious person, after all,...

An Apocalyptic Moment

I have written elsewhere about my experience taking a tour as a chaplain at Ground Zero several weeks after the planes struck the World Trade...

Remembering Life’s Journey

I have not seen the movie Barbie, and most likely never will. But I have two daughters who, when they were of an age that...

The Function of the ‘Enjoy Life’ Passages in the Book of Ecclesiastes

Every year The Living Church’s student essay contest draws several excellent submissions. The first-place essay will be published in the October issue of The...

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