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On Scripture

Protest and God’s Presence (Isaiah 61:10–62:3)

By Brian Bantum. We asked people on the street about the effectiveness of demonstrations and protests. While every year is filled with its triumphs and its terrors, 2014 has been a year that has felt particularly fraught. It is not because this is a year where evil and terror appeared from nowhere, surprising us in [Read More...]

Living a Holy Adventure

Why We Need an Incarnation?

Progressive Christians struggle with the stories and theology of the incarnation. Following Rudolf Bultmann, most progressives see the angelic visitation to Mary and the virgin birth as myths reflecting the early church’s affirmation of Jesus’ uniqueness not unlike stories of other political and savior figures. Moreover, most progressives also question Jesus’ metaphysical uniqueness and relationship [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

Congratulations HEB! One of Best Ten Places to Work in the U.S.

Glassdoor just announced its 2015 Employees’ Choice Awards for the Best Places to Work in the...

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Opening the Old Testament

Propaganda or Something Else? Advent Reflections on 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16

Does not that child of Bethlehem come, too, to call us all to our higher and better selves? Does he not grow up to urge us to be less like David and more like him?

Sarcastic Lutheran

Shrine for the 141 murdered Pakistani Children

Several of my parishioners created this shrine that was up at church tonight, it is for the 141 Pakistani children who were murdered this week. 141 pages from a children’s Bible, bullet holes, and spent shell casings. Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy.        

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