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Bumping along the sidewalk…

October 12th, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

First, a word of grace for all who have been routed, hurt, or killed by Hurricane Michael… May God hold all these persons and those who love them tenderly, and may an activated neighbor-bond manifest God’s desire for restoration, comfort, hospitality, generosity, goodwill and compassionate regard for all in need. If you wish to participate… Read More

A collection of great lovers…

October 5th, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

The woman in my office cried quietly as she related her story. She had come because she didn’t understand the nature of suffering. She didn’t know what to do with it. It seemed so meaningless. Her series of disasters began with the sudden death of her only son at the age of twenty-eight by a… Read More

A humble pause…

September 28th, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

Sending this message today seems a futile exercise considering the media deluge of our national distress. Nevertheless, perhaps something small and quiet, a reminder of who we are and Whose we are would help center our hearts and minds on things that matter most as we make our way into the day. I suggest at… Read More

Spiritual discipline redux

September 21st, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

As most readers of this blog know, the mission statement of Christ Church is plain and simple: we seek to love God above all things and our neighbors as ourselves. That’s it. That’s our fundamental organizing principlel. It’s so simple anyone can remember it. Simple, I say, but not easy. That’s because love is a kind of work. It requires… Read More

On character formation…

August 24th, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

Elliot was on the horns of a dilemma. A sophomore in high school, Elliot had knowledge that a certain classmate everyone detested had been falsely accused of stealing several hundred dollars from a teacher’s purse. He was not the thief—Elliot saw his friend take the money. Was loyalty or truth more important? He didn’t know… Read More

Pinpricks-to-conscience

August 12th, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

Ahead of the one-year anniversary on Sunday of the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, the governor of North Carolina has issued a state of emergency to release funds for public safety. He wants to avoid a repetition of the violence that led to the death of a 32-year-old woman when an alt-right nativist drove his truck… Read More

On the journey together…

July 27th, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

A friend deeply attuned to market machinations called in a bleary depression and awakened me late in the night. Did I see how bad things were going to get? Could I see we were heading into an international depression? Did I understand how the president’s chaotic manner left us without coherent leadership? I was the… Read More

Small Stuff

July 13th, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

Parents of young children juggle the pressures of career and family life with varying degrees of success. Most will attempt to organize their lives in ways that pay attention to milestone events like birthdays, but I observe that parents often miss the fact that important times with kids generally happen in small moments and in… Read More

Into the woods…

June 29th, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

I took several days out the city this week and spent them up in the woods. I needed the respite. I had to detach from the news swamp. I was becoming very twitchy, frothy, agitated…also addicted to reading, hearing the latest headlines and developments. I began wondering, where’s the twelve-step program for news overdosing adults,… Read More

Let’s be very clear…

June 15th, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

Let’s be very clear: there is nothing remotely biblical or Christian about ripping children away from their mothers and fathers. I almost can’t write this given my sputtering anger over our federal officials quoting scripture defending the righteousness of their obscene policy at our borders. They’ve completely violated the gospel of redemptive love. In early… Read More