Eyes wide open

Amy Butler

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

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Taking stock of mission endeavors

Amy Butler

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

Amy Butler

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

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The camp of the litmus-testers

Amy Butler

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

Amy Butler

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

Amy Butler

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

Amy Butler

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

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Reframing reality

Amy Butler

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

Amy Butler

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

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Thinking inside the box

Amy Butler

When I look closely, I can see the fraying edges of the church-box we’re in. If I listen intently, I can hear the faint call to come on out into something new.

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It’s a no-win for the voices of exclusion

Amy Butler

World Vision may have set a table for us to gather around and begin the conversation we must have.

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Finding grace in Lent

Amy Butler

In our overachieving, performance-driven society, we’re tempted to tackle the work of Lent like we would a challenging homework assignment.

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Trendy? Maybe, but the church needs more of it

Amy Butler

After overcoming initial reluctance, the experience of offering ashes on a busy Washington street revealed the deep needs of passersby.

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Where’s that bishop on my speed dial?

Amy Butler

Congregational polity requires us to have a little more skin in the game, to put more of ourselves into the nurture of healthy communities. That can hurt.

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Considering seminary? Get ready for the unexpected.

Amy Butler

There are things I wasn’t taught in seminary. But there was plenty I did learn — some of them unexpected.

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