Beautiful Boy: A Story of God

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by Jenna Olson Popp I recently watched the movie Beautiful Boy on a flight home. Based on true stories, it chronicles the experience of a father walking alongside his son as he fights his years-long addiction to meth. Both the son (Nic Sheff) and…

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Authenticity & Call

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I’ve been thinking a lot about authenticity recently—which I’m sure surprises no one who knows me because this is the kind of thing I do. Everybody is talking about authenticity in one way or another, sometimes without even realizing it. “That’s authentic.” “That’s real.”…

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Head Full of Cobwebs

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from the Archives…by Pastor Adam Reinhold Niebuhr, the best-known American theologian of the 40’s and 50’s, once wrote, “The prophet speaks only when he is inspired. The parish preacher must speak whether he is inspired or not.” There is something deeply attractive to me…

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Laud & Fare

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by Jason Davis, LC Seminarian Intern As a seminarian, I do a lot of reflection. So much so that I tend to generate gobs and gobs of paperwork full of said thoughts, feelings, and analysis. These writings are sent off to my seminary and…

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Measuring Success

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by Jenna Olson Popp I recently finished reading Tattoos on the Heart by Father Greg Boyle, a priest in Los Angeles who works with “homies” (i.e. gang members) to get them out of the strong pull of gangs, prison, and conflict, and guide them…

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