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How Loving the Old Will Strengthen Your Church

Society says older adults are a burden. Do our churches believe that too? Today, many churches focus on children and youth ministries, leaving older adults feeling as if they have no place in the body of Christ. Sermons largely address issues related to youth or family relationships. Events are often catered toward a healthier, younger crowd. Worship teams mainly include younger musicians. Michelle Van Loon, the author of Becoming Sage, writes, “A common temptation in the church is to hyper-focus on the nuclear family instead of embracing every member in every demographic as part of the family of God.”[1] When I look back on my life and how I have been blessed professionally and personally through intergenerational relationships,…
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“So Much Trauma”: WandaVision as Metaphor

“So much trauma.” Those were the words of Agatha Harkness, the beguiling villain of WandaVision, the wildly popular Disney+ series that released in early 2021. Shortly after its release, Forbes magazine named it the most popular show in the world.…
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Disarming Patriarchy

“Church is one of the least safe places to acknowledge abuse. . . It is with deep regret that I say the church is one of the worst places to go for help. That’s a hard thing to say, but…
Witness

Humility: A Missing Ingredient

Tension often fills the air between us, even between those who profess to be followers of Jesus Christ. While church slogans on signs and websites express openness to newcomers, many of us are wary. We’re skeptical about connecting to new…
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