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Guy Sayles

As Advent begins Sunday, remember God does what we cannot do. When today is barren and tomorrow is bleak, God draws near with surprising grace to bring new life and fresh beauty. […] Read More

While news of reprehensible things still shocks and unsettles most of us, we are undergoing a public desensitization, which will result in our merely noting, not decrying and crying over, these awful things. Lord, have mercy. […] Read More

My support for EthicsDaily.com / Baptist Center for Ethics means more than providing resources for an institution. It’s a way of strengthening a community of fellow travelers. […] Read More

No, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, you may not use Paul’s words in Romans 13:1 to justify the heinous separation of children from their parents. That text was abused by church officials who ordered the brutal Crusades against Muslims, by southern preachers who sought to prop up the Confederacy’s shameful claim that slavery was consistent with […] Read More

Character is the primary arena of change. We can’t change the DNA we inherited, the circumstances into which we were born, the families that shaped and misshaped us, or the wounding events we’ve undergone. Some things about our bodies, temperaments and minds are relatively set and resistant to change. We can, though, make choices about […] Read More

Do you think anybody ever really changes? When my wife, Anita, and I were in seminary, we served a small and loving congregation in southern Indiana. One of our next-door neighbors, a generous man in his late 50s and a faithful church member, was crustily cynical about the possibility of change. At some point in […] Read More

Thanksgiving’s origins are civic. They have to do with the condition and conduct of the nation; and I believe that, for the United States, our giving thanks could – should – lead to repentance. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November to be a day for national thanksgiving. Since the celebration of […] Read More

Maybe you remember the desperate and destitute sharecropper in John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath,” who was being evicted from farming the land by its owners who had to return it to the bank. The “owner men,” as Steinbeck called them, “were all caught in something larger than themselves. Some of them hated the mathematics […] Read More

Last Monday was the somber 16th anniversary of the 9/11/2001 terror attacks: A plane went down in a Pennsylvania field, another plowed into the side of the Pentagon, and two became passenger-bearing bombs that brought down the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. While we remembered those violent events, we also held our collective […] Read More

Ministry happens in the meantime and in the mean time. The meantime is a season of sometimes bewildering change and troubling transitions. It’s an interval between a past we know well and a future that isn’t yet clear and between a familiar way of doing things and an emerging way of doing them. One indication […] Read More