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On Scripture

Black Friday: Can’t Buy Love (Jeremiah 33:14-16 and Luke 21:25-36)

By Karyn L. Wiseman. Since 1924, the Friday after Thanksgiving has marked the start of the holiday shopping season.  Now “Black Friday” is an American phenomenon where shoppers wait in line for hours, some for days, to get their hands on holiday gifts at bargain prices.  Retailers lure shoppers with steep door-buster discounts, limited quantities, [Read More...]


Promises and Apocalypses: The Lectionary for Sunday, November 15

My favorite part of the Hebrews text is down at the end, where the story slips into ecclesiology–how we should be as a community and as a church. We are to “provoke one another to love and to good deeds,” and more than that, to meet together. 

Opening the Old Testament

For What or Whom Are We Waiting? Advent Reflections on Jeremiah 33:14-16

Whatever else Advent means, it means the coming of YHWH's righteousness. When we pray all year, "thy kingdom come," what we are praying for is the coming of God's unbreakable love.

Living a Holy Adventure

Advent without Guarantees

Advent without Guarantees We who must die demand a miracle. How could the Eternal do a temporal act, The Infinite become a finite fact? Nothing can save us that is possible: We who must die demand a miracle. (From W.H. Auden, “For the Time Being”) These words from W.H. Auden’s Christmas Oratorio, written in the [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

BREAKING NEWS: World Leaders Close Borders in Fear of Renewed Terrorist Attacks

KUALA LUMUR — In the wake of growing concerns over yet another violent terrorist attack, government leaders from around the globe will immediately begin closing national borders to white Americans. As the United States was hit with another mass shooting by a young white American, presidents and prime ministers from all major countries warned that [Read More...]

Sarcastic Lutheran

Sermon on Widows, Waldo and those Needed Casseroles From God

(click below to listen along)   It’s no big surprise to anyone that I was pretty wiped out a couple weeks ago when I finally came home from having been in 17 cities in 5 weeks –It’s a weird feeling to do a thing like that and it would be an understatement to say that I [Read More...]