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On Scripture

Seeking Wholeness In an Inherently Flawed System (John 5:1-9)

By Raj Nadella. A recent study published by the Pew Research Center offers some interesting data about economic inequality in the United States. In 1982, the top 1 percent families took in 10.8 percent percent of all the pretax income. The bottom 90 percent got 64.7 percent. By 2012, it was 22.5 percent for the [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

Living Forever or Worshipping Your Whole Life? Reflections on Psalm 23

Being able to recite Psalm 23 is one thing, but actually understanding what it is really saying is something altogether different.

Living a Holy Adventure

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Sixth Sunday of Easter – May 1, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Sixth Sunday of Easter – May 1, 2016 Acts 16:9-15; Psalm 67; Revelation 21:10; 21:22-22:5; John 5:1-9 Today’s readings join vision, spiritual transformation, and healing, and call persons to become everyday mystics. When we respond to God’s visions for us, we claim God’s healing touch and bring healing to ourselves [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

How to Build the Perfect Team

I just read a fascinating article in the New York Times Magazine, something I’d recommend to...

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Edges of Faith

‘Influence Without Responsibility’: An Interview with Morgan Guyton about Toxic Christianity

I had the opportunity to chat a bit with Morgan Guyton, author of How Jesus Saves the World From Us: 12 Antidotes to Toxic Christianity. It’s an engaging and challenging book, and Morgan is refreshingly honest in it and in his answers to my questions below. I definitely recommend his book. My only criticism is that [Read More...]

Sarcastic Lutheran

“Father, Can I Tell Your Congregation How Resurrection REALLY Feels?” – a Sermon on Conversion

(Click above to listen along…sermons are spoken events!) “She crashed into the Easter Mass with her hair done up in broken glass. She was limping left on broken heels. When she said, ‘Father can I tell your congregation how a resurrection really feels?” These lyrics from the band The Hold Steady are among my favorite [Read More...]