What to Say When There is So Much to Say: Preaching in the Era of Trump

"When the media and the politicians keep rowing our people around, it will be helpful for preachers to drop a weighty anchor, steady the boat amid all the ripples, and look at political patterns in relation to the good news of Jesus Christ." -- O. Wesley Allen, Jr., author, Preaching in the Era of Trump A friend once told me that when he was a boy he was hired by an older couple to row their fishing boat for them. He would take them out onto the lake and they would throw their lines in the … [Read More...]

Finding Lasting Satisfaction in a Thirsty Culture

by Peter BurnsGrowing up, my family made many summer pilgrimages from the plains of the Midwest to the hiking trails of the Rocky Mountains. Every peak seemed like a challenge to me, as if, once I reached the top I would be able to see the whole world. But the funny thing about a mountain range is the higher you get the taller they look, till you reach the summit and realize another peak is towering over you, as if to say “not there yet.” I have been reflecting lately about such climbs and ho … [Read More...]

TGIF? I Don’t Think So…

Crucifixion was a spectator sport. It seems like it still is. And so, my friends, on this "Good Friday" I don't want to (!) but I cannot help but think of Coptic (Egyptian) Christians slaughtered in their church last Sunday (Palm Sunday). I think of white supremacist, Dylann Roof, entering Bible study in a black church in Charlotte and, an hour later, salughtering nine people, including the pastor. I think of headstones toppled in Jewish cemetaries, and chemical weapons used on children in … [Read More...]

Was the Resurrection a Hoax?

by Jedediah McClure The Resurrection of Jesus Christ, believed by roughly 2.4 billion people across the world, is the foundation of the world's largest religion. In the Biblical narrative, Jesus of Nazareth was crucified by Roman soldiers and buried in a sepulcher (tomb). Three days later Jesus miraculously rose from the dead to proclaim His divinity and declare the redemption of all mankind. The reality of this event is the cornerstone of all Christianity, without which Christianity would c … [Read More...]

PLEASE STOP PRAYING FOR SYRIAN BOMBING VICTIMS

First there was outrage over the bombing of innocent people in Syria by Assad. Many persons of faith called us to pray for the dead and dying children and their loved ones. Then there was outrage over the bombing of an airbase in Syria by Trump. Many persons of faith called for us to pray for the … [Read More...]

Leaving Church to Search for God

This morning our family lingered at length over our breakfast.  We poured warm syrup over waffles, sipped coffee, and read the Seattle Times.  Afterwards we wrapped ourselves in scarves and hats, raincoats and boots, and headed for the water.  We ambled along for the rest of the morning under the va … [Read More...]

Someone Else’s Babies

by Darcy Metcalfe“We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.” This is a recent controversial tweet from Republican Congressman Steve King from Iowa. As someone in the field of bioethics, an Iowa resident, and as a white woman who recently adopted a black son, King’s quote is p … [Read More...]

A Cup of Cold Water on World Water Day

By Dan Haseltine and Jenny Eaton Dyer, PhDI stopped to wipe the sweat from my eyes when I noticed the giggling. I’d been hunched over, deep in concentration, replacing bolts in a metal form that would soon be filled with concrete.I had chosen this “low-impact” job because I had nearly faint … [Read More...]

Shoulder to Shoulder: A Black Pastor, a White Pastor, and an Imam’s Journey for Justice

  Living and Leading Change for Good: Meet the DisruptorsThe Forum for Theological Exploration series, Living and Leading Change for Good, invites you to meet the disruptors – theological explorers and visionary architects inspired by their Christian faith and fueled by c … [Read More...]

Trump Bans Big Bird

For the first time ever, a President of the United States has proposed the total slashing of funds for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). This action would also eliminate funds for the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) and National Public … [Read More...]

Politics and the Lies We Tell About Grief

by Brianne DonaldsonWe grieve our dead because they are gone. They are gone, and there are no words or promises that will bring them back. Yet, this mortal truth does not stop people from offering words and promises to one who mourns, as though to somehow protect themselves as spectators from … [Read More...]

The Preacher Persisted: Finding Courage in the Pulpit

By the Rev. Dr. Leah D. SchadeI'm no stranger to push-back from people angered by a controversial sermon. But a shift is happening in churches that is testing the mettle of even the most prophetic preachers.I was recently invited to supply preach at a congregation to cover a colleague during … [Read More...]

Three Ways Women With Theology Degrees Are Changing the World

Living and Leading Change for Good: Meet the Disruptors The Forum for Theological Exploration series, Living and Leading Change for Good, invites you to meet the disruptors – theological explorers and visionary architects inspired by their Christian faith and fueled by courage.  These leaders are ac … [Read More...]

Where Teens Do Not Turn in Times of Trouble

“Where would you turn for help if you, or someone you know, was a victim of teen dating violence?” the moderator asked an adult and a teen who were standing on opposite sides of a table, waiting to ring a bell when they had an answer. The teen struck the bell and shouted, “your best friend!” The mode … [Read More...]