For What Do We Hope

By Ken Sehested (right with grandchildren), whose fluency tends toward poetic expression, in response to our 2019 question, “What is your definition of radical discipleship?”  “Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you: yet do it in gentleness and reverence.” —1 […]

Aftermath of the Great War’s Armistice

By Ken Sehested The Resurrection is the Beloved’s own Armistice, intimate seal on ancient covenant, when the rain’s own bow arches in the flood’s aftermath as divine reminder, animus receding by act of divine contrition: Never again. Never again.* No longer will Heaven respond with drowning contempt over earth’s profaning habit. Divine remorse calls out […]

Vote or Don’t: The Issues are Larger than Elections

By Ken Sehested To my friends who question the value of voting, or have ethical qualms about choosing between the lesser of two evils: Vote, or don’t. Its significance will always lie somewhere between essential and useless. None of us is allowed to assess any action as ultimate—but that’s no license for skepticism or despondence. […]

Getting Soaked: A Meditation on the Recovery of Baptismal Integrity

By Ken Sehested, the curator of prayerandpolitiks.org, an online journal at the intersection of spiritual formation and prophetic action Last week I wrote a quick note to my friend Kyle, who gets as excited about baptism as I do, to share the news. “We’re baptizing seven of our youth group this coming Sunday. Is it OK […]