Saint Santa

BREAKING NEWS: Santa has overtaken Jesus as “the reason for the season.” While many claim that a thriving movement cannot be measured in numbers, and that faith will ultimately triumph over folly ~ it is clear that religious festivities and services continue to lose ground to secular ones; spiritual is being routed by commercial; and [Read More…]

We’re in the Grocery Store—for God’s Sake…

By Dr. Stephen P. Bauman Trapped in the corner of the grocer’s produce section, a young couple with two shopping carts and an unhappy toddler had cut off all avenues of my escape as they bickered over whose job it was to address the boy’s ranting. It had started out calmly enough. Dad offered that it [Read More…]

Third Sunday of Advent: Expecting, but Not Yet Expecting

This is the third in a weekly series of Advent devotionals by the Rev. Elizabeth Hagan reflecting on what an experience of infertility can teach us about waiting for Jesus. If you missed the first post about hope, you can read it here and the second one about peace here. Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice [Read More…]

Second Sunday of Advent (Infertility & Waiting For Jesus)

This is the second in a weekly series of Advent devotionals reflecting on what an experience of infertility can teach us about waiting for Jesus here at Faith Forward. If you missed the first post, you can read it here.   “Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.” [Read More…]

Creating Something New Out of Chaos

Over the next 12 months, the Forum for Theological Exploration is spotlighting 12 leaders, their stories, and how their passion and call to shape a more hopeful future through Christian ministry guides the impact they are making in their communities, institutions and universities. You can find the full series, here. By Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis On April [Read More…]

First Sunday of Advent: Infertility & Waiting on Jesus

This is the first in a weekly series of Advent devotionals reflecting on what an experience of infertility can teach us about waiting for Jesus here at Faith Forward. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners . . . Instead of your [Read More…]

The Worst in Us, the Best in Us

By Bishop Minerva G. Carcano However each of us may have voted, I pray that we remember that above all, above political parties and nation states, we are those who follow Jesus Christ alone, citizens of the reign of God. We have lived some difficult months in this country; months of growing hostility among political leaders, [Read More…]

The Proposed Mandatory Registry of All Muslims

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out ~ because I was not a Socialist….Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out ~ because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me ~ and there was no one left to speak for me.” ~ German [Read More…]

God Is Not In Control

God is not in control. As a Christian, this comforts me. I’ve heard this phrase used often in the past week by Christians left and right, from those who oppose Trump and those who do not. Those on the right—more conservative evangelical Christians—often use it to placate and reassure. “This is all happening as it [Read More…]

10 Ways to Care for Our Veterans Today, and Every Day

10 Ways to Care for Our Veterans Today, and Every Day We give our nation’s military service members the training they need to accomplish their missions during deployment, but what resources await them back home? Church congregations play a unique and vital role in the reentry and reintegration process post-deployment. Rejoice with those who rejoice, [Read More…]

Recovering the Overlooked Stories of Christianity

By Grace Vargas (This year, the Forum for Theological Exploration will spotlight 12 leaders, their stories, and how their passion and call to shape a more hopeful future through Christian ministry guides the impact they are making in their communities, institutions and universities. You can find the full series, here.)  The deepest connections happen when [Read More…]

Vote “Serenity Prayer” for 2016 Election

  THE SERENITY PRAYER The Unofficial Prayer of Election 2016 by Dwight Lee Wolter One primary thing we did not get in the 2016 presidential primary is serenity. Now that the election debates are now over, many people have observed that like it or not, Donald Trump isn’t going to change and neither is Hillary [Read More…]