On ScriptureThe Super Bowl and the Church in a Culture of Dominance (1 Corinthians 8:1-13)
By Matthew L. Skinner. Facts about violence in America. If what a nation watches on television makes a statement about that nation’s values, then Americans value their football. The Super Bowl spectacle draws huge numbers of viewers, still usually the most watched television event of each year. The commercials and halftime shows certainly boost the [Read More...]
Living a Holy AdventureAdventurous Lectionary – Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany – February 1, 2015
The Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany – February 1, 2015 Bruce Epperly Deuteronomy 18:15-20 Psalm 111 I Corinthians 8:1-13 Mark 1:21-28 Today’s readings may seem irrelevant to many congregants. In mainstream and progressive churches, we don’t spend a lot of time talking about unclean spirits, the authority of prophets, or food sacrificed to idols. Our [Read More...]
The Spiritual LandscapeSocial 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 ExegesisWe 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 RobertsCongratulations HEB! One of Best Ten Places to Work in the U.S.
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Edges of FaithWe Had This Treasure in an Earthen Vessel: Marcus Borg, a modern-day divine
Like many, I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Marcus Borg, a scholar of the New Testament, a brilliant writer, and a gentle, courageous Christian. Like many, I never knew him personally, but his work nevertheless had deep and formational effect on me as a Christian. As I remembered him in my prayers this [Read More...]
Opening the Old TestamentHow to Evaluate a Prophet: Reflections on Deuteronomy 18:15-20 (21-22)
When a prophetic word remains empty, unrelated to the powerful love and challenge of YHWH that is shown throughout the Hebrew Bible, then it is plainly not YHWH's word.
Sarcastic Lutheran“In The Beginning”: A Sermon on the Occasion Of Paula’s Baptism
Some of us in this congregation were baptized as infants, some as children some as teenagers, some as adults and some of you – and I’m not naming names, but some of you were baptized more than once. As for me, I was 12 when I was baptized and I remember so much of it…I [Read More...]