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Why I Dig the Minor Prophets

In the Twible, we're now entering the flyover prophets, aka 12 Angry Men. But there's great stuff here if you pay attention.
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What Not to Say, Part I: To the Parents of Special Needs Kids

When we talk about what not to say to the parents of a child or children with special needs, we’re coming the wrong way round. If we don’t know the person well, there isn’t anything we really need to say.
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So This Is Me, Staving off Entropy

Do you ever feel like housekeeping is just an exercise in staving off entropy? That’s the story of my life. Thinking of housekeeping as inherently “spiritual” sounded like a ridiculously tall order until I realized that God’s dealing with serious entropy issues of his own.
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Elaine Pagels on Her New Book “Revelations”

Who wrote the Book of Revelation, and why? How have Christians used it throughout history? Elaine Pagels, author of the new book Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation, talks about the prophecy’s enduring attraction.
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Flunking Lent

We're halfway through Lent. Do you know where your discipline is? Apparently I do not.
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Change Your Habits, Change Your Life . . .By Going on Retreat

This week I heard a fascinating Fresh Air interview with Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit.  (It is a habit for me to listen to NPR . . . . ) He argues that if we want to change our ingrained patterns of thought and behavior, we need to get out of the same physical environment that we always inhabit. He was talking about how the best time to change a behavioral habit is while we're on vacation. But it strikes me that the spiritual corollary to that is a retreat.
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Cleanliness Is Next to . . . What, Exactly?

We tend to focus on the end result and imagine that the person with a clean house is somehow more righteous than the one whose dust bunnies appear so well-provisioned as to foment revolution. But I think we've missed the point that it's the process, not the result, that is godly.
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Mormonism’s “Mea Culpa”

"Mormons are not the only community that needs to confront and mourn a terrible racial past," says guest blogger Samuel M. Brown, author of the new Oxford book In Heaven As It Is on Earth: Joseph Smith and the Early Mormon Conquest of Death. "But we have been called to a higher life, and we should not falter in so great a cause."
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Is the Mormon Canon Indeed Open?

Last week's furor over a BYU professor's racist comments prompted the LDS Church to strongly condemn racism, but its statement fell short of specifically naming what was wrong about its own racist past. Today on Patheos, history blogger Ben Park explores the nature of Mormon belief in continuing revelation, including the sticky issue of what the protocol is if new revelation comes into direct conflict with the revelations or statements of past church leaders.
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Lauren Winner on Doubt and the Christian Faith, Part 2

In Girl Meets God, Lauren Winner told an optimistic story of converting from Orthodox Judaism to Anglican Christianity. But her new book Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis wrestles with demons, doubt, and a more grown-up faith. (Part 2 of a 2-part interview. See here for Part 1.)
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