Justice for Veterans and the Vulnerable

When Veterans Day is understood in the spirit of the biblical tradition, it reminds us that there is no such thing as rugged individualism or absolute property rights; everything is a gift from God to be used for the well-being of others as well as our own kin. Sacrifice is not just the responsibility of veterans; it is required of all who would follow the way of Jesus. [Read more...]

Beatitudes: Fracturing Reality

“Beatitude is a possession of all things held to be good, from which nothing is absent that a good desire may want. Perhaps the meaning of beatitude may become clearer to us if it is compared with its opposite. Now the opposite of beatitude is misery. Misery means being afflicted unwillingly with painful sufferings.” – [Read More...]

What Does God Really Look Like?

Many years ago, I was sitting in a cozy living room with a close group of women friends, drinking steaming mugs of herbal tea, when one of our friends asked the group, “What does God look like to you?” While the question at first seemed daunting, the ensuing conversation turned out to be as delicious as the cookies that accompanied our tea. [Read more...]

The Sky is Not Falling: Post-Election Reflections

“Like many progressives, I was disheartened by last night’s election results. But now is not the time for apocalyptic thinking – to foresee the end of the progressive era or the repeal of what we have fought hard to achieve. Despite short-term reversals, progressives – in faith and politics – are by nature optimistic and future-oriented. In spirituality, progressives believe that the future is open and that the divine calls us to look forward rather than backward to find our destiny.” Bruce Epperly calling us forward after yesterday’s election results… [Read more...]

Love: The Disruptive Absence

We tend to create desire out of the desire of the other. The other could be law, society, God, peers and Other others. We attempt to try to fill these gaps of desire with things that cannot truly fill them. They are representations of representations. And so they aren’t Real, they are simply real. The idea of love is a shadow to love. All of our ideas of love make up what love should/could be. [Read more...]

Election Day: What Would Jesus Do?

“It seems as though all pretense of civility in our nation is evaporating in the heat and light of an increasingly divisive atmosphere fueled by a rabid 24/7 media. As a person of faith, I join in the chorus of those who call us all to a higher ideal. I believe we can be better than this.” Peter Wallace from Day1.org on following the call of Jesus into the voting booth. [Read more...]

Voting: Can Faith Be A Guide?

With two days until the election, the Rev. Laura Rose considers the role of faith in politics. [Read more...]

Why The Emergent Church Might Be Failing Christianity

Emergence: “”Rules, or laws, have no causal efficacy; they do not in fact “generate” anything. They serve merely to describe regularities and consistent relationships in nature. These patterns may be very illuminating and important, but the underlying causal agencies must be separately specified (though often they are not). But that aside, the game of chess [Read More...]

Angels & Demons, Part III

Pastor Jim Burklo answers questions on the mythology of angels and the contemporary view on miracles in his popular series, Angels & Demons, this week. [Read more...]

Angels & Demons, Part II

Pastor and Religious Dean Jim Burklo continues the conversation on angels and archangels with a discussion of the aggressive nature of biblical angels, including the most famous warrior-angel, Michael. [Read more...]

Approaching All Saints: What Do You See When You Look At the Sun?

So what do you see as you look out on the day? We are surrounded by a great host of witnesses and as we move toward November 1st and the celebration of All Saints Day. We don’t need to focus on the scary images associated with Halloween but look beyond with the vision that God gives us to the gathering of the mighty hosts of God’s people. [Read more...]

Equal Time for Angels

Are Demons Real? challenged pastors, theologians and seminary students to reflect on the existence of demons today. But one of our regular contributors, Bruce Epperly, politely refused and chose instead to give his energy to the question of angels. [Read more...]