Elections, Twitter, and Deeper Conversation: Blogging the PC(USA) General Assembly

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[Editor's Note: This is the second in a series of reflections from the biennial General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) offered by the Rev. Scott Clark, Chaplain and Associate Dean of Student Life at the San Francisco Theological Seminary.] Monday, June 16 The most significant action that the PCUSA General Assembly has taken so [Read More...]

Prayer from the Assembly: Speaking a Word

Monday, June 16, 2014 This week, I’m gathering with Presbyterians from across the country for the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA).  Whatever your faith-community or denomination, I invite you to join with me and with others in morning prayer each day this week, engaging the Pentecost text from Acts 2:1-21.  Over the course [Read More...]

Prayer from the Assembly: Come, Holy Spirit

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Sunday, June 15, 2014 This week, I’m gathering with Presbyterians from across the country for the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Whatever your faith-community or denomination, I invite you to join with me and with others in morning prayer each day this week, engaging the Pentecost text from Acts 2:1-21. Over the course [Read More...]

Prayer from the Assembly: Together In One Place

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Saturday, June 14, 2014 This week, I’m gathering with Presbyterians from across the country for the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Whatever your faith-community or denomination, I invite you to join with me and with others in morning prayer each day this week, engaging the Pentecost text from Acts 2:1-21. Over the course [Read More...]

Here We Go! Blogging Through the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA)

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[Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of reflections and prayer posts from the biannual General Assembly of the PC(USA), offered by the Rev. Scott Clark, Chaplain and Associate Dean of Student Life at the San Francisco Theological Seminary.] When I travel with my friend Janie Spahr, there’s this moment just before takeoff. [Read More...]

The Tango of Bergdahl’s Unreality

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By Timothy Villareal A striking 2009 photo of one of the nation’s most talked about people, Bowe Bergdahl, recently surfaced: the then 23-year-old, wearing his Army fatigues and a yellowish scarf around his neck, is standing at an Army outpost in Afghanistan. He is smoking a pipe. His right hand is on a sand bag, [Read More...]

Hungering for Justice (Private Charity Is Not Enough)

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Part 6: Progressive Reflections on Traditional Christian Themes Engaging in social justice can be challenging, difficult, and risky work. It is easy to understand why many present-day Christians have relinquished this responsibility and redefined the gospel so that it is not about social justice at all. Some Christians think that it is enough to care [Read More...]

Joel Osteen and the Scandalous Gospel of Jesus

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Part 5: Progressive Reflections on Traditional Christian Themes Joel Osteen has been deemed by many as America’s pastor. He is pastor of the largest church in America, and his books have sold in the millions. I scanned Joel Osteen’s book, Your Best Life Now, in search of any serious reflection or discussion on the life, [Read More...]

Bearing Beauty: The Studio P(atheos) Interview Series with guest John Noltner

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“Bearing beauty includes creating beautiful things and being about beautiful movements in our world…often movements of revolution, redemption and transformation.” – Heatherlyn, singer and songwriter In our second session of the new Bearing Beauty interview series here at Patheos, we’re introducing you to artist and freelance photographer John Noltner. Noltner is the creator and producer of A Peace [Read More...]

In Praise of Heretics

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The word “heretic” is often thrown around today to denounce someone for espousing an idea deemed “unbiblical” or “unorthodox” or “contrary to the teachings of the church.” It carries a negative connotation, often meant to cast a poor soul out of a community to be shunned, exiled, and sometimes even tortured with words or sharp [Read More...]

Wendell Berry, the Afterlife, and the Judgment of God

Part 4: Progressive Reflections on Traditional Christian Themes Wendell Berry’s novel, A World Lost, is a story about a family coping with the death of one of their own. In the final chapter, Berry reflects on the manner of man he was. This meditation gives way to a reflection on death as a pathway into [Read More...]

Romal Tune: Who’s Looking for Me?

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I remember the night my cousin and I planned our funerals. We were teenagers. I was fourteen and she was sixteen. Sitting up late one night, we fantasized about what it would be like when we died; all the people who would show up, who would cry, who would share memories and talk about how much [Read More...]


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