On ScriptureSweaty Spirituality: Fighting Obesity with Paul (Romans 12:1-8)
By Jacob D. Myers Obesity is hitting the current generation of US children particularly hard. Do you want to know a secret about working out? Here it is: we don’t grow our muscles in the gym. When we lift weights we perform controlled damage to our bodies; we literally tear our muscle fibers, forcing our [Read More...]
Living a Holy AdventureThe Adventurous Lectionary – August 24, 2014
The Adventurous Lectionary – August 24, 2014- Eleventh Sunday after the Pentecost Exodus 1:8-2:10 Psalm 124 Romans 12:1-8 Matthew 16:13-20 Today’s readings invite us to ponder our unique vocations and relationship with God. Our gifts shape and are shaped by the community of Christ. In living out our gifts, we share in God’s vision of [Read More...]
The Spiritual LandscapeTeach Us How to Die
Avoiding pain and death are not preeminent Christian values. A good death is one faced in confident dependence upon God.
Edgy ExegesisMany Members, One Body: Reflections on Romans 12:1-8
What made Paul think of this body metaphor for the church?
Mark RobertsA Life of Prayer Amidst News of Death
Every week there’s a tragedy for someone, just as every week brings some joy, too. But the...
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Edges of FaithWhy Every Christian Should Watch ‘Calvary’ … and Avoid ‘God’s Not Dead’
I’m not going to mince words about this. Heaven is For Real and God’s Not Dead are not Christian movies. They are not even religious movies. They are schmaltzy, vacuous, “inspirational” movies. If a film leaves viewers with a fist full of answers rather than questions, with declarative reassurances that heaven is real and God is alive, then it’s [Read More...]
Opening the Old TestamentPharaoh Goes Bonkers, or the Stupidity of a Tyrant: Reflections on Exodus 1:8 -- 2:10
It is always far easier to play the tyrant than it is to be God's people.
Sarcastic LutheranSermon on Grace, Dogs, and Sass-Mouthed Women
Click above to listen along! Years ago a couple friends of mine, who are both stand-up comics, decided that for the Valentine’s Day season, they would try and get in on the chocolate heart business. Only, their chocolate hearts were special. Because their chocolate hearts were anatomically correct. Complete with 4 chambers and [Read More...]