In Light of Charlottesville

Matt

Hello Inland family. In light of what happened this weekend in Charlottesville and the response across the country, I want to be a voice of encouragement. If you’re like me, reports of what happened were troubling. Watching the video of the car mowing people down was sickening. And the Vice documentary about the rally and protests was heartbreaking. For most …

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A Matter of Perspective

Darby

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“To grow up in towns in which every stone is witness of a period many centuries past produces a feeling for history, not as a matter of knowledge but as a living reality in which the past participates in the present… In lectures, seminars, homes I visited, and personal conversation with American students I found that an immediate emotional identification …

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Thoughts on my Baptism

Tyler

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  Since my baptism last week, I have been thinking about how grateful I am and processing what it even means to be baptized. But first, thank you to everyone who came to support me and to those of you who spoke such kind and affirming words. And, thank you to those of you who cheered from afar! I am …

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We do not Have to Walk on Our Knees

Anna

I was recently reminded through another “explosion,” that my dad still has an anger problem. It crosses my mind to say that lots of people have anger problems, but I wonder if in saying this I would be trying to justify my father’s anger problem, or to diminish it. How funny, or not funny, the brain can be about trauma. …

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How Does One Say Goodbye?

Michael

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How does one say goodbye? With a period. That’s what makes it so difficult. I love the question mark. It implies curiosity, unknowing, and a humble posture. It also anticipates something more. It leans into the future, without knowledge of what that future might be. The comma gives us more confidence in that something more. Whereas a question may never …

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Remembering The Good

Michael

I want you to write this blog. During our gathering on Sunday, we remembered. We allowed the memories of the past to come flooding into the present. We dwelt on the good, the markedly good occasions in the life of Inland Church. And you had wonderful things to share! Rather than have me blather on, I want to share your …

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Everything Happens For A Reason?

Michael

Life is funny, isn’t it? We live our lives, day to day, trying to understand, trying to make sense of our experiences, our choices, the choices of others, the seemingly random and at times, chaotic nature of this world that we live in. Rarely is insight to be had in the moment. Rather, we live our lives and it is …

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A Single Grain of Rice

Tyler

Shortly after graduating high school, I was part of a leadership program that had three parts: The first part was a nine-day backpacking trip in the Adirondacks in upstate New York (there is plenty of content to be found from those nine days, but I’m saving that for another day), the second part was a one-week seminary immersion program at …

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A Letter To Inland

Jon

Dear Inland, I write to those who are struggling, to those who are afraid of the struggle of others, and perhaps, I write to you from a distance, as one who has struggled before. Whether you struggle with doubt or purpose or small everyday things, we are all together in our joys and sorrows. I write to you now from my …

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Judas the Apostle

Spencer

Have you ever identified with an Apostle? A lot of folks would say they identify with John, Peter, or maybe even Thomas. I always have thought of myself as a Thomas. Lately though, since before Easter, I have been particularly identifying with Judas. If you look at Jesus, one identifying point with him that annoys me is his level of …

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