“An Attitude of Gratitude?” Lectionary Reflection on the 10 Lepers: Luke 17:11-19

A friend of mine who is a pastor in Dallas was once teaching Sunday School with a group of children. They were reading this story of the ten lepers. “What do you think about this story?” she asked after she had read it to them. One little girl answered, “Jesus must have been so happy that somebody thanked him!”

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The Real Surprise in the Pew Forum Survey

“The surprise in the recent Pew Survey isn’t how little people know about their own religion and the religions of others around them, but that they know anything at all.” Professor Robert Hunt considers the implications of the U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey results. [Read more...]

The Eddie Long Case and What’s Not Being Said

“The charges against Long are less about homosexuality, the defensiveness of his congregation, the theology he espouses, or the age and gender of the accusers. The case is about the possible abuse of clerical power.” Professor Monica Coleman on this critical opportunity to raise all of our consciousnesses about clergy sexual misconduct. [Read more...]

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Being a Pastor is a Weird Job

“Being a pastor is a weird job. I love the freedom to read, plan worship, talk with interesting people, and sit with scripture and the tradition. But sometimes I just have to laugh at myself and at any expectation I have or someone else might have that I can come up with a spiritual word or reflection.” Emerging church pastor Courtney Pinkerton on a day in the life… [Read more...]

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Lament and Resolve for Victims of Hate Crimes

On September 22, Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old college freshman at Rutgers University in New Jersey, jumped from the George Washington Brudge in what the New York Times is calling an “apparent suicide.” Clementi’s 18-year-old roommate and another 18-year-old classmate have been charged with illegally taping and broadcasting video of Clementi in an intimate encounter with another [Read More...]

Here is the Church, Here is the Steeple, Open the Doors and…

Not so many people. Why? In part, apparently, because we are doing an increasingly poor job of explaining to the people who come through the doors what it is that we believe, why it makes a difference, and how it differs from what others believe. Episcopal Priest Fred Schmidt reflects on a recent Pew Research Center report on U.S. Religious Knowledge… [Read more...]

What Curious George, Oz, Huckabees Have to Teach Us About Pain

I remember clutching to my Curious George doll when I was five years old, tears falling in a cloud of confusion. One hand holding on to my dad’s shirt and wondering why my sister and I were being taken away. That night, I was in so much pain. I still wonder how in one moment, [Read More...]

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Love God with Your Mind

A classic Dilbert comic strip features Dogbert performing an exorcism.  In the famous panel, he waves a wand and says with frustration, “Out, out you demons of stupidity!”  I felt like channeling Dogbert this morning when I read The New York Times’ summary of the latest survey from the well-respected Pew Forum on Religion and [Read More...]

Am I A Bad Presbyterian?

“My theology has changed a lot over the years. Here is a list of things I now believe and when I question these beliefs, as I have for a few years, they seem to strengthen and mature with time.” Guest blogger Andrew Tatusko gets honest about his theology… [Read more...]

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A Glass of Cold Water in Your Face: The Parable of the Unfaithful Servant; Reflections on Luke 17:1-10

This weird little parable places us in the role of the servants. What motives are in our hearts as we do our job as disciples? God should reward me? Others should recognize, honor and serve me? I should be upgraded to first class and receive free breakfast vouchers, a Christmas bonus, and a plaque on the wall at the entrance with my picture and “Employee of the Month” as the caption? [Read more...]

What Post-Structural Christianity Has To Say About The Death of Missions & Church-Planting

{This is a continuation on from something I started talking about here: Post-Structural Christianity} Certain readers resented me when they could no longer recognize their territory, their institution. Jacques Derrida I used to think it mattered what kinds of shoes I wore. If I had the latest name-brand thing or if I was able to [Read More...]

All Scientists Need is Love

Despite his professed atheism, Sam Harris might be surprised to learn that a theist agrees with many aspects of his proposal for a science of morality, has been thinking about the issue for longer, and perhaps only wishes to extend/deflect it in scope. [Read more...]


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