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Author: Inés Velásquez-McBryde

Inés is an ordained pastor, preacher, reconciler, writer, and speaker. We are pleased to feature Inés as a regular Life for Leaders writer.

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Legacy of Grace – Part II

With gritty grace, Stephen tells the truth about their hearts.

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Legacy of Grace – Part I

In a world obsessed with acquiring and misusing power, they were afraid of Stephen’s grace.

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Juneteenth

As I pause to consider the history of Juneteenth, I think about the liberation that Jesus preached as he healed individuals. He never was just about freeing and healing one person. Jesus was always about restoring that person or people group back into the society that had marginalized them.

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Grace is Gritty

The grace of God is gritty. Grace-giving and grace-receiving are part of the tough fibers that hold a community together. 

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Remember, Return, Retell

I do not know what bemuses me the most about this story: that Jesus appears suddenly to startled disciples and declares “Peace be with you” or that he asks if anyone has anything to eat and they casually give him broiled fish? 

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Silencio

The women were with each other. In the silence. In the waiting. In the grief. In the questions. In your anxiety. In your doubts. In your fears. Find the with-ness of God in the witness of people around you.

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Receding Waters

Recreation requires new rhythms for new life to grow moving forward.

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God Remembers

God remembers. God remembered. God will continue to remember God’s own children.

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When Silence and Singing Kiss

God’s faithfulness did not depend on Zechariah’s.

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Your Calling is Calling

Calling and identity are dialectical. We are called by God and we are also called by others.

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Cultivate Hope

Hope has an inner sense of elusiveness at times, even and especially when one doesn’t seem to be able to catch it, capture it, or keep it.

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Count the Stars

I am not hopeless because I count the stars.

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The Face of Us

If the gospel is the love of God in the face of Christ, could the face of Christ in the face of us be an extension of the same?

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The Face of God

What if Philip was simply asking: What is God like?

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Jesus the Superior Water

If we find ourselves in the desert, could there really be rivers of living water flowing from us?

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