Lenten Peace in Israel

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Today There are three big things in my cultural-religious mind going on today. Today is St Patrick's Day. It is also Lent. And it's Israeli Election Day.  First, St. Patricks's Day. With a maiden name like Riley O'Brien, each year on this day I try to feel a sense of connection to my Irish roots. And I never do. I've never been to Ireland and I don't even drink. Instead, observance of St Patricks Day for me is usually something closer to shuffling into my closet and thinking, "Shoot! Why don't … [Read more...]

A Prayer for Black History Month and the Lenten Season

Loving God, who reigns on Earth as it is in HeavenFather God Whom the prophet Isaiah called the Mother of Zion,We come to you with humble and contrite hearts,Asking for the repentance of our sins, both known and unknown,Forgive us for our sins as well as forgive those who sin against us.We pray that we can experience reconciliation, truth, and peace,You, Oh God, are the God of Life, the Spirit of FreedomYou are the God of Moses, and the prophet Miriam, Harriet Tubman, … [Read more...]

“Flipped” About Lent & Resurrection

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Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Lent is a time of lengthening, stretching ourselves, as we journey toward celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus.Lately I've been thinking about an idea that has stretched me further, lengthened me. And, luckily, it has a roundabout connection to the Resurrection. So I'll share it with you.Last night my friend, and pastor, Doug Pagitt, hosted a book release party for his fantastic new book, Flipped:The provocative truth that changes … [Read more...]

Interview with Mike Stavlund & an Easter Poem

It was another busy week on Doug Pagitt radio. We had a chance to chat with Weber grill aficionado, professor, and author Mike Stavlund about his new book A Force of Will: Reshaping Your Faith in a Year of  Grief. Victoria also shared a poem for Easter. We even had a guest call in to give us a post out-patient procedure update.Here's the audio:Here's the video: … [Read more...]

Busy Show – Interviews with Richard Rohr, Fink & Holsclaw, and an Easter Explanation

It's been a busy week on Doug Pagitt radio. We spoke with David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw on their book Prodigal Christianity which calls for missional Christianity. Then, we had a chance to talk with Richard Rohr about his book Immortal Diamond. Tune in to hear Fitch & Holsclaw's explanation of missional Christianity and a Easter explanation for your kids from me.Listen here:Watch here: … [Read more...]

Embracing Life and Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris

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Midnight in Paris has been called Woody Allen's best film in a long time, and I agree.  This year, the romantic comedy won both the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay; and it was nominated for three other Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Direction, and Best Art Direction.  Woody is one of the great creative minds of the last 100 years, with all of the quirkiness and controversy we expect to accompany this kind of platitude. The main charac … [Read more...]

I am topsoil + to topsoil I shall return*

There is something comforting to me in the idea that I am part of the earth and will always be part of the earth. Maybe it’s rooted in my rural upbringing, where I was familiar with the dirt, and played in it, and got my hands dirty often.There was a time in my adult life when I had a garden and lived in an old farmhouse that used to be a flower farm. I would come home from work some days and plunge my hands into the dirt—to soften it for planting, or to loosen it to pull up weeds.That wa … [Read more...]


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