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On Scripture

Scandalous Leaders, Scandalous Power (1 Samuel 8)

By Eric D. Barreto. Facts about leadership. Political scandals are evergreen. On any given week, one or another political leader, cultural star, or renowned athlete are experiencing an embarrassing and public downfall. Recently, we’ve born witness to the fall of a former Speaker of the House and a reality television celebrity. Next week, a new [Read More...]

Living a Holy Adventure

Pilgrimages Every Day: On Christine Valters Paintner’s ‘The Soul of a Pilgrim’

A dialogue between Piglet and Winnie Pooh points to the fact that adventure can be waiting around every corner. Piglet asks Pooh, “When you wake up in the morning, what’s the first thing you say to yourself?” To which Pooh replies, “What’s for breakfast?” He then asks his small companion, “What do you say Piglet?” who [Read More...]

The Spiritual Landscape

Social Media Chaos, Leadership Crises, and General Theological Seminary

What was already chaotic became tragic for the Seminary in the space of just a few hours. An internal crisis became a public crisis.

Edgy Exegesis

We Are Children of God, Now: A Sermon for All Saints Day

As we remember those who have passed away this Sunday, let us allow their memory to inspire us to remember that we are all children of God, right now.

Mark Roberts

God of Peaches

Note: The following devotion is from Life for Leaders, a daily digital devotional. You can...

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Edges of Faith

Abuse Happens in Progressive Churches, Too: The Duggar Scandal and the Failure of Self-Critical Reflection

Now is the time to talk about abuse in the church. Now, when you are tired of talking about it. Now, when you’ve moved on to the next social media buzz. Now, when you think you’ve exhausted every possible angle of it. That’s because now is the time where we get to decide whether we [Read More...]

Opening the Old Testament

Choose Somebody Else! Reflections on Isaiah 6:1-8 for Trinity Sunday

"Here am I, send me" often is the first response to those who sense a call from God, but once we see what God may have in store for us, "Choose somebody else" may fly from our lips more readily.

Sarcastic Lutheran

A Pentecost Sermon on The Great Unfinished Story

(click below to listen along!) We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; 23and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in hope we were saved. Now hope [Read More...]