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Chuck DeGroat

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God is Secure

God seems so good in this story,” she said. “So relaxed. So at ease. Patient. Probably sad, but so willing to wait. It’s hard to believe.
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Grace and the Warm Embrace

When I started my first “official” pastoral role in the late 1990’s, I immediately hung a painting of Rembrandt’s Return of the Prodigal Son on my main office wall. The same painting still greets me each day, reminding me that…
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Make Christianity Great Again?

My friends who are skeptics are cynical about Christianity these days. From our intramural fights to our political collusion on both sides, it all looks very un-Jesus-like. My skeptical friends from back in Chicago, Orlando and San Francisco, in particular…
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We Need to Talk about Sex

by Chuck DeGroat Pardon the length of this piece, but we really need to talk. It’s become inevitable that I’ll get a call or email once or twice a month asking to consult with a church on an LGBTQ dialogue.…
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The Year of the Enneagram

By Chuck DeGroat Have I told you about the ‘lost’ chapter in my 2014 book Toughest People to Love? The book was originally nine chapters, but the publisher didn’t think my audience for the book would be ready to deal…
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Putting on the Mind of Christ

by Chuck DeGroat My vocation is to be love.                     St. Thérèse of Lisieux Therese of Lisieux I grew up in a very conservative Reformed tradition that tended in this direction: “putting on the mind of Christ” was like checking the…
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What is Lent?

by Chuck DeGroat "What kind of cult is that?” I heard her say, whispering to her friend. I was eating with some friends in a San Francisco restaurant after the Ash Wednesday service. The ashes which had been imposed on…
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Spring Time in the Heart of Winter

by Chuck DeGroat To everything there is a season says the writer of Ecclesiastes. For control freaks like me, the wisdom writer is a fly in the ointment. There is a perennial pattern, a dying-and-rising pattern which mirrors the seasons,…