Doubts at Easter are Okay

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By Beth Demme I went to church and saw a dead finger. It wasn’t my church and, luckily, the finger wasn’t just sitting there. I was in a church in Rome confusingly called the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem. We wound our way through the church to a special room with several reliquaries (containers for holy objects). One of …

The Old Testament is the Story of My Life

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By Beth Demme Plenty of people today dismiss the Old Testament as a collection of ancient writings with unknown provenance. I think that’s a mistake. I don’t think we should idolize the Bible, but there’s a lot of room between dismissal and idolatry. I fall somewhere in between, where reverence and belief intersect faith and hope. One of the reasons …

Why I Will Never Arrive

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By Beth Demme I don’t know if you have experienced this, but one of the places I go regularly has a terrible parking lot. The asphalt is smooth, there aren’t any potholes, the lines are freshly striped, and the size of the parking spaces is adequate. Sounds nice enough, so what’s the problem? It’s the layout. The layout is all …