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Brian Keepers

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Growing Courage

A few years ago, when I was invited to be a regular writer for The Twelve, I was reluctant to say yes. Even though I enjoy writing, I’ve never really thought of myself as a writer. I’m a pastor at…
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We Need More than Veterans Day Parades

It’s been my practice over the years to take a moment in worship, on Veterans Day Weekend, to acknowledge our veterans and their families. This sort of thing can be tricky, especially when civil religion so often gets confused with…
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Love Where You Live

“To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul.” - Simone Weil “When you belong to a place, its stories are in you.” - Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove I hadn’t noticed the signs before. Granted,…
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The Stewardship of Words

Words. I love words. I love the way they look and sound. I love learning their secret histories and cracking them open to explore what’s inside. I love playing with them, stringing them together like colorful beads, working hard to…
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Being Remembered

By Brian Keepers When I enter the hospital room, she is sitting up in the recliner beside the bed. Her husband is on the bench next to her, in front of the large picture window. Her eyes dart back and…
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She Needs Your Voice, Church

She leans forward, pressing her palms against the table. I see the fire in her eyes, a fierce tenderness. Or is it a tender fierceness, I know not the difference. I also see the sadness. “Something’s gotta change,” she says.…
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The Impossible Possibility

By Brian Keepers For a child has been born for us, a son given to us…and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. – Isaiah 9:6 For he is our peace; in his flesh he…
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The Psalms Meet the Gridiron

By Brian Keepers “There are only a few times in a man’s life where you have a chance to stand up, tell em’ what you believe in, and make a statement. So today I thought that was that chance and…