Spirituality Channel SeriesMake the Moment – How Churches can get Involved
Make the Moment can help you unlock the skills & talents in your congregation. With that kind of information, what kind of difference could you start making in your community? With that kind of knowledge, where will God lead your church?
The Spiritual LandscapeWhat the Rise of Anti-Semitism Has to Teach Us
True tolerance is not predicated upon dismissing, sublimating, or explaining away differences -- let alone "assimilating" a religion, race, or ethnicity.
Edgy ExegesisAdvice on How Not to Prepare: Reflections on Advent 2, Matthew 3:1-12
It is quite easy to fly in the face of good advice and end up unprepared for a future event we were warned about. Fortunately for us, John the Baptist's advice is loud and clear.
Mark RobertsWhat Is A Poem?
Every so often (probably more than you’d expect), people say to me, “I just...
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Opening the Old TestamentWolves and Lambs and Leopards, Oh My! Reflections on Isaiah 11:1-10 (Advent 2)
God's plan for the cosmos is peace and harmony and beauty. God is bringing this about again and again. But where and when, we rightly ask?
Sarcastic LutheranSermon: Losers, Amish and the Reign of Christ
Click here to listen along —-> 2013-11-24 nbw sermon 33When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. [[ 34Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing."]] And they cast lots to [Read More...]
On ScriptureIsaiah and the Politics of Utopian Thinking (Isaiah 11:1-10)
By Brennan Breed Here are a few faith leaders who took a stand and worked to make a better, more tolerant society in 2013. Earlier this month—just in time for the holidays—an automatic cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) decreased food aid to 47 million Americans who struggle to afford food on a [Read More...]
Living a Holy AdventureContinuity and Uniqueness: Reflections on “Jesus: First Century Rabbi”
Scholars, pastors, and laypeople alike are rediscovering the Jewishness of Jesus and the continuity between the first-century Christian movement and the Jewish tradition prior to and following the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, whom we Christians call Christ and Savior. Freed from replacement theories regarding the relationship of Judaism and Christianity and Hebraic spirituality [Read More...]
Edges of FaithAn Antidote to Anxiety: A Homily for Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving Day Homily — Matthew 6: 25-33 (Due to confusion at my parish, in the Prayer Book, and in the BCP iPhone app, I ended up preaching the Thanksgiving lectionary for Year B rather than Year C). I’ll never forget the first day my wife went back to work after we had our first son. [Read More...]