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Unlike the Thessalonians, we should be asking God "now what?" when bad times come, writes the Rev. Judy Wadding. Read more

Ordained Ministry

Weeping Angel

Photo Courtesy of Frederick W. Schmidt

Grief is something that transcends time and can't be forced to conclude, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

Gratitude after a disaster isn't meant for those who criticize the response, says the Rev. Steve Heyduck. Read more

Practicing Faith

Jay

Photo Courtesy of Morgan Guyton

The untimely death of a young man named Jay brings the Rev. Morgan Guyton and the NOLA Wesley Foundation to a grief that has them struggling to understand, yet grateful for the blessing of his presence. Read more

Practicing Faith

When the grieving of a community seems endless, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant's counsel is to rely on practices of presence, not empty platitudes. Read more

Practicing Faith

Even if one prepares for grief, there's no way to anticipate the many changes and challenges in going through "the valley of suck," writes the Rev. Ken L. Hagler. Read more

Practicing Faith

Working on a book about faith in grief, the Rev. Ken L. Hagler better understands a spiritual truth: Suffering and change go hand-in-hand. Read more

Practicing Faith

Surprised Eye

Photo Courtesy of Ken Hagler

Five months after his wife Heather's death from cancer, the Rev. Ken Hagler finds that his grieving process -- and that of his family as well -- continues to bring unpleasant surprises for which God's faithfulness is the only response. Read more

Practicing Faith

Weeping Angel

Photo Courtesy of Frederick W. Schmidt

Believing in Jesus Christ doesn't insulate us from life's losses, but the Rev. Dr. Frederick Schmidt has some spiritual counsel for how to deal with loss and its memories. Read more

Practicing Faith

Grieving over death isn't merely appropriate, it's necessary, because it keeps us in touch with the fact that God, too, knows the heartache of losing a loved one, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. Read more

Practicing Faith

God, Be Near Me

Meme Courtesy of Ken Hagler

Serving as his wife's primary caregiver in her struggle against cancer, the Rev. Ken Hagler plunges deeply into the "soul work" that accompanies such a life challenge. Read more

Practicing Faith

Youth worker and writer Gavin Richardson offers a list of resources for parents, ministers and other adults seeking to help youths deal with the shooting of schoolchildren and adults in Newtown, CT. Read more

In the Church

  • Despair Or Hope Computer Keys Showing Hopeful or Hopeless

    Despair Or Hope Computer Keys Showing Hopeful or Hopeless

    Despair Or Hope Computer Keys Shows Hopeful or Hopeless

  • Despair Or Hope Directions On A Signpost

    Despair Or Hope Directions On A Metal Signpost

  • Mature woman crying with hands on her face

    Mature woman crying with hands on her face