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On Scripture

Immigration: Love Without Borders (1 Kings 8)

By Roger S. Nam.   The 2016 presidential election season has brought increased attention to the topic of immigration in recent weeks. In the coming sixteen months(!), the American public can expect the different presidential candidates to navigate through immigration issues in order to win voters, whether through shocking opening salvos designed for media attention, [Read More...]


Love and Righteousness: The Lectionary for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

  Song of Solomon 2:8-13 What It’s About: These verses are standard Song of Solomon: the lover and the beloved exchanging compliments and articulating longings. And it’s pretty compelling; while some of the imagery in this book can be hard to translate into the 21st century (hi there, flocks of goats descending Mt. Gilead), a lot [Read More...]

Opening the Old Testament

The Prayer of a Dangerous King: Reflections on 1 Kings 8:1, 6, 10-11, 22-30, 41-43

Solomon was a very dangerous king, and so are we dangerous the minute we forget the source of all we have and are.

Living a Holy Adventure

The Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost 15 – September 6, 2015 Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23

The Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost 15 – September 6, 2015 Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 Psalm 125 James 2:1-17 Mark 7:24-37 God’s realm breaks down the barriers of friend and stranger and rich and poor and invites us to do likewise. God’s children deserve our reverence and respect, and this is revealed in our political advocacy [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

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Edges of Faith

Questioning Prayer: Why Should I Keep Praying After Yet Another Shooting?

I have asked and I have asked. I have begged, and I have pleaded. And yet my requests have gone unanswered. I have offered constant intercession to you — a plea to stop the violence, a plea for some kind of intervention to end the killing, the tragedy, and the senseless deaths. But the resounding silence in response is [Read More...]

Sarcastic Lutheran

Jesus Isn’t The Sears Wishbook

  Click below to listen along….. Every single year when I was growing up, sometime in late Fall, our family, like so many other families in America, would receive an enormous catalog from a department store. On the cover would be some kind of shiny image of perfect children unwrapping gifts under a Christmas tree [Read More...]