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On Scripture

Blessing Those Who Have Cursed Us (Jonah 3:10—4:11)

By Eric D. Barreto.    Volunteers channel faith, compassion, and muscle into new homes for the poor. Sometimes, we teach children the oddest Bible stories. It is certainly curious that we would decorate baby nurseries with images from the story of Noah’s Ark. The smiling elephants in the comically tiny boat must always be blocking out [Read More...]

Living a Holy Adventure

Theological Reflections on Suicide: A Conversation with Karen Mason’s “Preventing Suicide”

A number of months ago, a bereaved mother asked me, “Where is Susie now?” Her question was far from academic. When her daughter committed suicide, one of the first pastoral responses she received was, “Suicide is an unforgiveable sin. Your daughter has cut herself off from God entirely, and is now paying the price, forever!” [Read More...]

The Spiritual Landscape

Is the Islamic State Islamic?

If the descriptive shoe fits, from a sociological or anthropological point of view, you have to wear it.

Edgy Exegesis

Smile, Though Your Heart Is Aching: Reflections on Philippians 1:21-30

Paul can smile and say "thank you" to God -- especially in prison -- because he has learned to set and reset his focus on the presence of Christ and his mission as Christ's servant.

Mark Roberts

Is Pop Culture Too Juvenile?

In the New York Times this past weekend, the film critic A.O. Scott wrote about the slide to...

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Edges of Faith

#IfTheyGunnedMeDown, Who Do You Say that I Am?

Year A — August 24 — Matthew 16:13-20 — Proper 16 Who do you say that I am? A looter. A criminal. The falsely accused. Who do you say that I am? A rule breaker.  A deranged man. A demon. Who do you say that I am? A son. A beloved. A man. Who do [Read More...]

Opening the Old Testament

On Having More Than Enough: Reflections on Exodus 16:2-15

This mode of living, enough for today, "our daily bread," as a later prophet asked us to pray, is nothing less than YHWH's Torah. How are you passing the test?

Sarcastic Lutheran

A Sermon on Who to Trust — Us, or Jesus.

(click above to listen along) Yesterday we had an amazing Welcome to House for all Sinners & Saints brunch. About 45 people gathered to get to know each other and the church a little better and to of course, eat breakfast casserole. As is our practice, we all shared what it is about this church [Read More...]