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On Scripture

Release. Repair. Restore: Thoughts Beyond Ferguson Toward Racial Healing

By Jacqueline J. Lewis. A timeline of the events in Ferguson.   I suppose if Ferguson was an isolated context or if Michael Brown’s death was an anomaly, congregations this Sunday might simply pray for the families, for the burning buildings, for the broken glass in the streets and the broken hearts in Ferguson and around [Read More...]

Living a Holy Adventure

The Adventurous Lectionary – November 30, 2014 – The First Sunday of Advent

The Adventurous Lectionary – The First Sunday of Advent – November 30, 2014 Isaiah 64:1-9 Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 I Corinthians 1:1-9 Mark 13:24-37 Advent is a season of awe and wonder. It is a time of waiting, not just for Jesus’ birth, but for the transformation of our lives and the world. Advent reflects 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

Beauty, Art, and My Five-Year-Old Daughter

At The Curator, Heather Walker Peterson writes about looking about art and thinking about beauty...

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Edges of Faith

#StayWokeAdvent, Ferguson & Apocalypse: A Lectionary Reflection

Follow #StayWokeAdvent contributions here and add yours, too! Oh that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence — As when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes the water to boil — Isaiah 64:1-2a  Advent 1B The fires of justice have been kindled in the [Read More...]

Opening the Old Testament

The Longing...for What? Reflections for the First Sunday of Advent: Isaiah 64:1-9

We need to look for God not in the great deeds or in the torn heavens, but under and through the wrapping paper, in the bowl of gravy, in the face of a wife or husband, or child or grandchild.

Sarcastic Lutheran

My first Advent.

  The first time I celebrated Advent I had no idea what was going on. I’d been married to a Lutheran seminary student for just a week when we moved to Eugene, Oregon for his internship at a small, Lutheran church. United Lutheran sat on a little grassy hill in a neighborhood dotted with 1940 [Read More...]

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