Parenting: A Gift and A Calling

“Yesterday I had one of the those “bad daddy” moments…” Presbyterian Pastor Bruce Reyes-Chow on remembering that parenting is a gift and a calling. [Read more...]

Why Don’t We Sing in Church (ECUSA version)?

I love to sing in church. Which usually leads to the folks sitting near me starting to glance back to see who’s singing so…loud. And then they mention it during the passing of the peace. “Was that you I could hear?” Some of them say it was nice or compliment my voice. But some just look vaguely shocked that anyone is singing so…loudly. [Read more...]

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is Unjust

Much like when we were children and were told about the monsters in our closet, (although they didn’t really exist), because someone in a position of authority said they should, we easily believed the lie. Homophobia is the monster in the closet to which it should never have resided. There should be no closet where the fabled monster lives. [Read more...]

“To See or Not to See”: Stepping Over Lazarus? Reflections on Luke 16:19-26

Some people never change. The rich man still thinks he’s the boss in the life to come. He thinks Lazarus will take the role of his lackey and see after his needs when he never cared for Lazarus’ needs in his entire life.

Am I the only one who is a little gratified that Abraham does not grant the rich man’s request to send Lazarus as a messenger to his brothers? Just a little.
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Church and The Lonely Soul

If you pushed me I would begrudgingly admit to my Christian faith. In recent months I have found myself to be on a bit of Church break. The communities and energies that have for so long sustained me now seem – tired, run out and out of ideas. While I value deeply the worshipping communities that sustained me for the last few years, I find myself in need of something more. [Read more...]

NOMA No More? The Possibility of Scientific Morality

Stephen Jay Gould said science deals with facts, religion with morals and values, and the two sides never intersect. Gould was an atheist, but religions get to stick around because they give guidance for life not found in science. Some of the new atheists have always been uncomfortable with what they see as a free ride Gould gave to religions, and Sam Harris is now proposing a method for revoking their ticket. [Read more...]

Practicing Sabbath: Easier Said Than Done

My wife and I have been experimenting with hiking as part of our Sabbath practice: to get out of our heads and into our bodies, and to get outside into nature.  I use the words “experiment” and “practice” intentionally because praising the ideal of Sabbath as a weekly, twenty-four hour “sanctuary in time” is much [Read More...]

The Death of Theology After The Death of God

I don’t believe in God. I believe in the persistence of God. Let me explain. Imagine sitting around the table with some close friends and then suddenly receiving a call that one of your friends that was supposed to make it to restaurant was just killed in a head-on collision. Let’s remove all of the [Read More...]

Changing the Script: A Progressive Alternative to Big Tent Christianity

Daniel Schultz, a United Church of Christ pastor and co-founder of the blog Street Prophets, has published a provocative new book called: Changing The Script: An Authentically Faithful and Authentically Progressive Political Theology for the 21st Century. Pastor Dan is hosting a Q&A on the book and it’s themes tomorrow at his Facebook page here and is inviting comments, questions, even “polite critiques.” [Read more...]

Spiritual Renewal in Times of Crisis

With the recent release of the movie Eat, Pray, Love, we’ve been thinking about the ways each of us seeks renewal, specifically in times of crisis. And while author Elizabeth Gilbert’s journey led her on an extended pilgrimage far from her home in NYC, we couldn’t help but wonder: How do you seek spiritual renewal when you can’t leave your family, your job, your mortgage payment? Some of our favorite bloggers respond… [Read more...]

Watermelon Rugby with the Shrewd Manager: Lectionary Reflection on Luke 16:1-13

When I was a youth pastor we used to play a game called “Watermelon Rugby.” You rubbed crisco over a watermelon and played touch football with it. You never caught it. You just grabbed at it while it slipped out of your grasp. That’s how I feel about this parable from Luke’s Gospel. [Read more...]

The Misplaced Value on A Church in Gainesville

“When the dust clears on the Qur’an burning controversy, neither the threat, nor the response, will have had as much effect on God’s people as those who have quietly preached and lived love without ever turning on their televisions.” Guest blogger Robert Hunt on the dangerous – and ultimately useless – power of the media to shape public religious dialogue. [Read more...]


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