A Calmer Response to the Tea Party

“The newspapers, TV, and religious talk shows are dominated of late by battles between liberals and conservatives. The Tea Party is a lightning rod that raises these disagreements to a fever pitch. Most of us know the hostile words that mainline Protestants are inclined to say about the Tea Party movement. (To be honest, I’ve also experienced this temptation.) So what would a more balanced response look like?” Guest blogger Philip Clayton offers a progressive response to a series of articles defending the Tea Party posted recently at the Patheos Evangelical Portal. [Read more...]

Protests, Consensus and Community at GA

“We cannot force love, but we can ask for it. I pray that this will be God’s gift to those of us who stay in the denomination: that we will be afflicted (even against our own desires) with a holy compassion for those against whom we are currently entrenched.” Guest blogger and seminary student Talitha Phillips reflects on the recent protests at a national Presbyterian gathering in the context of building a relational church. church. [Read more...]

Spirituality and the Quest for Justice

“This week’s scriptures speak to spiritual lives of North Americans today. They diagnose our condition and provide a pathway forward. With the “perfect storm” of a massive oil spill, economic uncertainty, continuing foreclosures, the ongoing two-theatre war, the threat of global climate change, terrorism, culture wars, growing racism, and shifts in geopolitical power, many people wonder if government or business can fix anything…” Theology Professor Bruce Epperly considers what this week’s biblical texts mean for us today… [Read more...]


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