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On Scripture

Protest and God’s Presence (Isaiah 61:10–62:3)

By Brian Bantum. We asked people on the street about the effectiveness of demonstrations and protests. While every year is filled with its triumphs and its terrors, 2014 has been a year that has felt particularly fraught. It is not because this is a year where evil and terror appeared from nowhere, surprising us in [Read More...]

Living a Holy Adventure

A Christmas Meditation: It’s All About a Baby!

Christmas Eve 2014 – “It’s All about a Baby” It’s all about a baby! Not just any baby, but at the same time every baby. The birth of the Christ child is not just the property of Christians. John’s gospel proclaims that this child is the light of the world, and that the light of [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

Congratulations HEB! One of Best Ten Places to Work in the U.S.

Glassdoor just announced its 2015 Employees’ Choice Awards for the Best Places to Work in the...

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Edges of Faith

The Cowardly Wise Men: A Reflection for the Feast of the Holy Innocents

When the Magi chose to deceive Herod, return home a different a way, and save the child Jesus, they unwittingly doomed countless children to slaughter and countless more parents to lives of eternal grief. Their choice may have saved the One but it killed scores. When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the Magi, he flew [Read More...]

Opening the Old Testament

Writing Epiphany: Reflections on Isaiah 60:1-6 for Epiphany Sunday

Yes, the Hebrew Bible still offers us much to ponder and much upon which to chew at Epiphany and throughout the year.

Sarcastic Lutheran

Some Questions for Mary; an Advent Sermon

  (click above to listen along) Another lady-pastor friend of mine in New York posted a simple 3- line poem today. It is titled “Virgin” * It seems everyone wants at least 3-5 years experience. Except God, that is. He looks for the one willing to try something new.  It’s no secret that one of [Read More...]