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When the Gates Swing Open

Looking back at the life of Otis Clay

Ellen Hao

On January 16, Liberty Baptist Church was packed shoulder-to-shoulder. Under the stained-glass windows, churchgoers swayed back and forth, singing along to “When the Gates Swing Open”—but with one notable absence. Otis Clay, who for decades had sung the very same song from the pulpit, was now in a casket.


Room Music

yyu on fire alarms, artistic independence, and the letter 'y'

Juliet Eldred

“Nowadays, I just hide where I can hide.”


A Call to Pray

Christian teachers’ organization prays for better schools

Ellie Mejia

As the conference’s PowerPoint conceded in bold red text: “praying with students in class is not a wise strategy; it can get you fired.”