Author: Matthew and Joy Steem

I Hugged a Monk and I Liked It

A number of months ago, my sister and I made a snap decision to visit a monastery in the boonies. Unfortunately, we planned in haste (you might remember Tolkien’s quote, “Short cuts make long delays”0, thus, upon arrival, we found…
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God’s Friend?

My parents always maintained people of higher social standing probably wouldn’t mind—and might even be happy—sharing some of their experiences with me if I simply asked. They were mostly right. And I assume you wouldn’t think it too unusual if…
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Empowering Meekness

I have been thinking about what authentic Christian witness looks like for a while now, especially when we take the following two ingredients into consideration: energetic churches and individuals more inclined to introversion.   On the one hand, this might…
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Fighting for Social Justice

It’s wrong or right, white or black: there is no gray. It’s either this or that, with no in between: you are for us or against us, there is no fence-post sitting.   This type of thinking isn’t considered cool…
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Where the Finite and Infinite Mingle

Have you ever spoken to artists and, after some time in discussion, thought they were slightly off their rocker? Sometimes they employ strange imagery when expressing their ideas. They “give birth to creations” or find themselves “surprised” at the lives…
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Shame, Christianity, and Game of Thrones

“More guts, more gore, increase the pain and triple the terrible torture!!” a ruffian of a boy cries as the crowd chants in drawling drones, “I love blood sport, I love blood sport.”   If something inside you wiggled uncomfortably…
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