Amy Butler

Amy Butler

Amy Butler is senior pastor of The Riverside Church in New York City.

Welcoming the stranger

But what happens when we’re the stranger?

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Eyes wide open

Did Jesus learn something the day he encountered a Canaanite woman? Maybe.

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Taking stock of mission endeavors

Compelling programming that makes a meaningful impact in the world draws people in. But what about when it doesn’t?

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We are not alone

There’s significant power in having the courage to name the pain we carry.

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The camp of the litmus-testers

Just when you think you know the lay of the land, the gospel invites you to love harder.

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Life isn’t fair

Life is most decidedly not fair. People gain success when they’re kind and good and loving. And people gain success when they live with blatant and sometimes even harmful disregard for others.

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Beginning a journey

This columnist, who was called as pastor of Riverside Church in New York City June 8, shared this letter with her new congregation the same day.

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Remember, new ministers — you’re incidental

Seminary students often graduate believing they’re essential. They’re not. But that’s a good thing.

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Reframing reality

We all need someone to help us see beyond the morass of the present to a hopeful reality for the future.

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The pressure cooker

Pastors grapple with a deep-seated worry: how can I get everybody to believe?

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