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Pando Populus: New Paradigms for Saving the Earth

Modern applied science and our current economic systems have failed us. They are responsible for the environmental crisis that is putting our future and that of our fragile, interconnected biosphere at risk. Equally, the world’s religious leaders have also failed us with their all-too-quick acceptance of the status quo and dereliction in working to protect the divine gift that is creation.Most readers are already aware of the evidence for these claims: the greenhouse gasses we’re pumping int … [Read More...]

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“I, Too, Sing America”: On Walter Scott and Racial Wounds in America

Recently, I talked to a young African American man, Andrew Roby, about the prevalence of racism in America. I argued that America needed to heal its racial wounds before it could move forward and reconcile its past with its present, to which he responded: “How can America’s racial wounds be healed if they are still open?”Andrew Roby’s question remains painfully relevant. On April 4, 2015 Walter Scott—a human being, a black man, a father, friend, and son—was killed in North Charleston, South C … [Read More...]

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Resurrection for the Rest of Us

By John HolbertI was not raised in the church—no Sunday School, no youth camps, no sermons, no Easter trumpeting. Yet, I went to seminary anyway. I will not tell you just why in detail, but it was 1968, and some will remember a very long and terrible war that was raging then, and for us liberal arts types (English/Philosophy in my case), that 4D on the required draft card was somehow better than a one-way trip to Canada. In seminary, I had nothing to unlearn about the givens of the Christian … [Read More...]

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Easter is About Seeing Those at the Margins

For many Christians, Easter is a high holy holiday—it’s the religious bedrock that not only anchors them in their faith, but it also shapes and governs their view of the world.I’m one of them.My passion for Easter is like that of author and Christian C.S. Lewis. In his 1945 essay “Is Theology Poetry?”, Lewis expressed his passion for the whole of Christianity thusly: "I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everythi … [Read More...]

Holy Week in an Unholy World

"God understands our pain. That is good theology for Good Friday. And that kind of theology only happens when we connect the Bible to the world we live in. It happens when worship and activism meet. We don’t have to choose between faith and action. In fact we cannot have one without the other." We c … [Read More...]

A Whisper and a Crash: Blindsided by God in a White Pickup Truck

By Bonnie HalfordIt was the morning of Good Friday, 1995. I was driving towards downtown Mill Valley, coming up to a 4-way stop that I have passed through hundreds of times. My mind was elsewhere. I had been laid off from IBM several months before, and had gone through most of my severance. My … [Read More...]

Stale Crackers and Fruit Juice: The Battle over the Body and Blood of Christ

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth and final in a weekly Lenten series on the body and blood of Christ by Church History Professor Kelly Pigott.Even though the Reformation became an era when people were killing each other over, among other things, Eucharistic theology, at least the reformers made i … [Read More...]

Did God Kill Jesus? Tony Jones on the Crucifixion, Love, and Resurrection

"The way we view the crucifixion of Jesus and the posture of God when that happened affects everything we think about God. It affects how we pray, how we worship, even how we raise our children. We can’t afford to get it wrong." -- Tony Jones, author of Did God Kill Jesus? Tony Jones, popular t … [Read More...]

Easter and the Imperfect Jesus (What We Gain and Lose in the Deification of Jesus)

 "Because of Easter and consequently Jesus’ exalted divine status, we are left in the Gospels with the best of Jesus’ humanity, but we lose the worst of his humanity. And yet there are strands of a fallible, imperfect Jesus that remarkably did not get completely edited/redacted out." Every … [Read More...]

Connecting the Q in LGBTQ to the Bible’s ‘Q’ Source

Several times over the past few weeks, people have asked me, "What does the 'Q' in LGBTQ stand for?" One of them, oddly enough, segued into asking, "What is the 'Q' source in biblical studies?" I am by no means an expert, but this is how I understand things.The answer to each question is rou … [Read More...]

Journey Through Lent: When “I Must Try Harder” Gets in the Way of Love

by Matt BaysThis is God’s season…Lent…Easter. It’s the time of year when some of us religious folk smear ashes on our foreheads on Wednesday, get regular about eating fish on Friday, give up smoking, coffee, or TV for six weeks, and partake of the wine and bread that represents the one who threw … [Read More...]

When ‘This is My Body’ Became Words to Kill For: The Battle Over the Body and Blood of Christ

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a weekly Lenten series on the body and blood of Christ by Church History Professor Kelly Pigott.In 1054 CE, the Patriarch of Constantinople, Michael Cerularius, picked a fight with Pope Leo IX. Cardinal Humbert was sent to Constantinople to try to work things … [Read More...]

Jesus Wept: How Hosing Down the Homeless Reflects on All of Us Christians

There’s a picture floating around on the internet of Jesus slapping his forehead in frustration and bewilderment, much like Homer Simpson would do on the Simpsons. Every time I see it, I can picture Jesus saying in a very Homer-like voice, “Doh!”If Jesus actually makes such a face, he is undou … [Read More...]

No Sinners Allowed: The Battle Over the Body and Blood of Christ

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a weekly Lenten series on the body and blood of Christ by Church History Professor Kelly Pigott.When the early Christians walked into the room where worship took place, the focal point was a table—not a pulpit, or a baptistery, or a cross, or a computer scre … [Read More...]


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