The Tragic Beauty of Christmas: The Massacre of the Innocents

Just a few days after the celebration of Christmas, the light of Bethlehem is eclipsed and the dark shadows of life return to the stories of young Jesus.  Tucked between Christmas Day and the Feast of Epiphany (January 6), the Massacre of Infants or Slaughter of Innocents is remembered.  In the Roman Catholic, Lutheran, and [Read More...]

What would Jesus do if he were here right now?

What would Jesus do if he were here right now? I can’t think of a better question to ask at this holiday season. So much could be written on this subject, but here are a few random thoughts just to get the ball rolling … maybe folks will follow-up on their own blogs or on [Read More...]

Why We Need an Incarnation: A Progressive Vision

Progressive Christians struggle with the stories and theology of the incarnation.  Following Rudolf Bultmann, most progressives see the angelic visitation to Mary and the virgin birth as myths reflecting the early church’s affirmation of Jesus’ uniqueness not unlike stories of other political and savior figures.  Moreover, most progressives also question Jesus’ metaphysical uniqueness and relationship [Read More...]

The Virgin of Guadalupe Speaks

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Press Release:  The Virgin of Guadalupe Speaks For immediate release At a press conference in Los Angeles, CA, La Virgen de Guadalupe, on the 480th anniversary of her apparition in Mexico, suddenly appeared, held up on a crescent by a little cherubic angel.  With brilliant effulgence surrounding her, she declared her independence from the Catholic Church [Read More...]

How Will We Reach the Nones?

The church and the seminary, in their current structures, are at risk of becoming totally irrelevant to contemporary culture. Who will reach the Nones? According to Weiner, who has self declared as one of them, they are open, searching and experimenting. How will we break through the structures that are holding us back from engaging this new generation of faith seekers? [Read more...]

Hibernating: An Advent Spiritual Practice

Advent’s darkness offers a womblike cocoon where we are invited to wait, to ponder what is gestating within us, and to hold expectancy for the glimmer of light on the horizon. As you contemplate what it would feel like to burrow in and hibernate while you gestate whatever hope, dream or vision you’re longing to birth in your life, here is a simple winter ritual.
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Rick Perry and the Real War on Faith

Of course there’s a war on faith, Rick Perry. There has been a war on faith for about a century now. But it’s not President Obama who is waging this war. Nor is it liberals who are attacking faith in this country. In a touch of irony, it is a number of the very people at whom your [Read More...]

What Churches Can Learn from Occupy Wall Street

When was the last time Christians came together and linked arms to protest anything? Many of us have missed meaningful opportunities to let our voices be heard. Not only is speaking out being true to your convictions, it also offers a beacon of hope to others. The world is attracted to people who are passionate enough to live out their beliefs in the open and out on the streets. [Read more...]

From Parable to Pretzel: Bible Abuse by the Religious Right

Tony Perkins, president of the religious-right Family Research Council in Washington, wrote a piece that appears in the CNN blog site, condemning the Occupy movement .   He cites the parable of the ten pounds in Luke 19, in which a master gave money to his slaves to invest until his return from a journey.  “He [Read More...]

Advent Birth Pains: Staying Awake to the Heart Cry of the World

The season of Advent sounds a discordant note in a world abuzz with holiday Musak.  While everyone else is humming “have a happy jolly Christmas,” we church folks sing prophetic tunes that sound more like a slave spiritual or a freedom song than a Christmas Carol. O come, O come Emmanuel and ransom captive Israel, [Read More...]

Defining and Defending Religious Freedom

The freedom to practice religion, with neither the interference nor the endorsement of the government, is sacred to Americans.  It’s explicitly protected in our Constitution.  And it’s largely the reason that religion flourishes here much more than in European countries.  Turn on the television, turn on the radio, look down the main streets of the [Read More...]

A Different Kind of Christmas

The Christian liturgical year ended appropriately with Matthew 25. In this passage known as the “Judgment of the Nations” Jesus declares the criteria for separating the sheep from the goats. Curiously (or not), they have nothing to do with whom one marries, the music one listens to, the company one keeps, or the dogma one [Read More...]


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