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Under the Cross: Peace Be with You
by Katie Hill on April 12th, 2021
Peace! You are forgiven. See, I've died and I have been raised. The strife is o'er, the battle done! And you will be proclaimers of that same peace!  Read More
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Under the Cross: Valentine's Day Stinks
by Katie Hill on February 12th, 2021
Valentine’s Day stinks because no matter where you are in life, February 14 points out what’s missing. There’s never been a more uncomfortable day to be single. Even if you’re not single, it’s the day when the state of your relationship stands in contrast to every romantic comedy ever made, your friends’ relationships, and even where your relationship was last year. It’s hard not to compare yourself to others on Valentine's Day. Even worse, it’s hard to shake the feeling that others are comparing themselves to you.  Read More
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Under the Cross: You Don't Belong to This World
by Katie Hill on January 15th, 2021
I hope you don’t have to face too much disappointment or drama—although in a fallen world some of that is just a given. I hope you have great and wild earthly successes. That’s all up in the air. I still face that unknown in my future. But either way, you and I—we are baptized.  Read More
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Under the Cross: Don't Look at the List
by Katie Hill on January 6th, 2021
Judgment makes everyone uncomfortable. Every single person on the last day is uncomfortable with Jesus’ assessment. The sheep and the goats both. The goats figure they have done enough. They trusted in themselves and they don’t like what they’re hearing. It wasn’t that they didn’t care about doing good things, it’s that’s somewhere down the line they miss somebody.  Read More
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Under the Cross: The (a)Typical Family
by Katie Hill on December 14th, 2020
Somewhere down the line Christians began to believe there is a typical family in church. We imagine a happily married couple with some, but not too many, kids. Nobody has to deal with divorce and its aftermath. Nobody’s single and old enough that people ask why, or worse, try to guess. Nobody’s in the closet. Nobody’s struggling with anxiety or depression. Everyone believes the same things.  Read More
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Under the Cross: When Relationships Go Bad
by Katie Hill on October 12th, 2020
The thing about abuse is that it is not defined solely by the abuser’s actions, but that those actions serve a purpose. It’s all to make the victim to fear the abuser. Abusers don’t abuse because they’re angry or lose control. They abuse because they believe they’re entitled to and completely justified in treating their partner that way to get what they want.  Read More
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Under the Cross: Secret Battles and Inner Peace
by Katie Hill on October 5th, 2020
This is who we are. Simul justus et peccator. Simultaneously just and sinner. Not sometimes one and sometimes the other. Both. Always. 100% saint. 100% sinner. And it's confusing. And it's war. And it's the life of the Christian. We're all fighting secret battles no matter how we look on the outside.   Read More
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Under the Cross: What's Your Tic?
by Katie Hill on September 29th, 2020
There isn't a single person in this world who has not experienced some degree of suffering that has hurt him or her emotionally and physically. There isn't a single person in this world who has not filed away in his past those things that he wishes had never happened--things that have changed his life, things that he has carried with him to the present.   Read More
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Under the Cross: Who Do You Say That I Am?
by Katie Hill on September 18th, 2020
We figure we need weapons because honestly, this world looks like hell. We all see it. Christians and unbelievers alike. From the pain of the standards you know you’ll never reach no matter how hard you try, to the bitterness you hold towards those who stand over you and never seem to be happy with what you’ve done. From the shame of knowing what’s right and falling so short of it yourself, to the hate and suffering and pain brought by sinners against each other. This is our world. Sin, death, and devils everywhere.  Read More
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Under the Cross: The Morality of Consent
by Katie Hill on September 4th, 2020
Jesus Christ has rescued us from this world's morality. Even if we were to suffer for doing what is truly right in God's sight, we have this assurance and consolation: Jesus works all things out for our good.  Read More
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Under the Cross: She Only Calls Him Lord
by Katie Hill on August 26th, 2020
You can't wrestle with someone who won't be near you in the first place. In this Canaanite woman's time of need, there sits God. So she grabs on and won't let go. Faith sees a lot of "yes" hidden in God's "no" because it starts with the promise that God is good.  Read More
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Under the Cross: There's No Shame in Baptism
by Katie Hill on August 17th, 2020
When it comes to shame, that's our worst fear. I don't want anyone to see it. I'd rather talk about looking humble. I'd rather talk about why it's not my fault. I still feel like trash, but I can at least pretend that nobody sees it. Except God does. He rips it open for all to see. He hangs it on a cross for you. Jesus bore it there for you.   Read More
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Under the Cross: Brave New World
by Katie Hill on August 10th, 2020
As you read through this column, remember one unchanging truth: By virtue of your Holy Baptism, you are Christ's, and no matter what highs or lows you experience this next year, He is always there for you, in Word and Sacrament. Whatever your struggle is, He has taken care of your biggest challenge ever—having conquered sin, death and the devil on your behalf.  Read More
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Under the Cross: Pushing Back with Compassion
by Katie Hill on July 23rd, 2020
Look at the weaknesses you try hardest to escape and recognize that when God tells you that even the hairs on your head are numbered, it isn't His telling you how to keep from going bald. It's His telling you He loves you in such a way that He knows all you are going through and joins you there.   Read More
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Under the Cross: The Sophia Worthy of Reception
by Katie Hill on July 9th, 2020
My daughter's Sophia's name means "wisdom." She's more precious to us than rubies! (Proverbs 8:11) She has taught me more about being a pastor than any theology book or seminary class. Her whole life flows from God. She literally can't make it on her own. She lives and grows completely and totally from the God who gives gifts to her.  Read More
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Under the Cross: Beautiful, Heartbreaking World
by Katie Hill on July 6th, 2020
Yes, we do live in a beautiful, heartbreaking world. It's great. It's also really hard. It's up and it's down. Sometimes we're not sure what it is or which way we are going. However, we know that through it all our Lord is with us.   Read More
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Under the Cross: The First Time I Died
by Katie Hill on June 29th, 2020
Daily I am drowned. Daily I am repented. Daily I am made righteous. A new life, overflowing with the most extraordinary ordinariness.   Read More
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Under the Cross: Hope in Suffering, Not Apart from It
by Katie Hill on June 22nd, 2020
I don’t know if Peter had courage or cowardice upside down on that cross, but I know he’s baptized. I know that afraid or not, God had already saved him.  Read More
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Under the Cross: Baptized, Not Gay
by Katie Hill on June 9th, 2020
You are baptized! God has not abandoned you. You are not less in His sight because of your struggles against sin. He has beaten sin for you. All of the guilt, doubt and despair you may feel has been answered for on Calvary.  Read More
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Under the Cross: Living in the Light of Christ
by Katie Hill on June 2nd, 2020
Jesus isn’t just a candle in a dark room. Jesus is the Light of the world. In Him, there is no darkness at all. His light lights up the world! He shines in the darkness and the darkness can’t overcome Him (John 1:5).   Read More
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Under the Cross: The Surreal Life
by Sandra Madden on May 28th, 2020
When the only good thing we can find in our days and lives is to be able to say, “I am baptized,” rejoice! You have already been given everything. Things aren’t just going to get better one day when we’re in heaven—all of heaven was given to us in Baptism.  Read More
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