Advent Practices: Considering our Earthiness

The story of Advent and Christmas is essentially about God becoming enfleshed in the earthiness of the world. God enters creation and blesses our embodied lives. We are called this fourth week to consider the element of earth as an invitation to greater intimacy with nature and to remember our own earthiness. Spiritual Director Christine Valters Paintner continues her series on Advent Practices tied into the elements of Creation. [Read more…]

Preaching on the Magi and Other Questions for Brent Landau

This month in the Patheos Book Club, we’re exploring Brent Landau’s compelling new book, Revelation of the Magi. As part of our blogger roundtable on the book, we invited several authors to review the book and submit their questions to Landau for his response. Our Q&A begins here. [Read more…]

The Tortured Truth

As a Christian who honors the value of human lives regardless of nationality, faith or other allegiance; as a father, a son, a husband-I care about what is right. Even if the lives, physical and psychological health of foreigners could be bargained to save American lives, as President Bush and Vice President Cheney have dubiously argued has happened, this would not dismiss my concerns regarding the immorality of torturing another human being. [Read more…]