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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Baking as embodied prayer


Concerned about violence in their city, members of a declining church in Oakland shifted focus, redefined its ministry and invited nonprofit service agencies to work together as the Oakland Peace Center.


Ordinary people can effect extraordinary change, but sometimes they need encouragement and information about how to get started, says the pastor, activist and author of the book "Transforming Communities."

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In this episode of "Can These Bones," co-host Bill Lamar talks with Kate Bowler, Duke Divinity School professor and author of "Everything Happens for a Reason," about the irony of being a historian of the prosperity gospel diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.

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The civil rights leader's understanding of suffering -- and its redemptive power -- offers a source of hope for the church in the struggle against injustice, says the pastor and author.

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Shifting direction can be exhausting. The key to a wise pivot is keeping one foot firmly planted on the ground -- remembering your mission and values -- writes the executive director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.

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A hugely popular Christian author talks about why he feels moved to break open the conversation in church circles by writing about progressive politics and social issues in his blog Stuff That Needs To Be Said.

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When the author doesn't have words for prayer, she pulls out flour and leavening. Her hands transform the ingredients and express to God her lamentation and her hope, her fear and her joy.

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