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...]

Are Demons Real?

In this season of haunted houses and horror movies, we couldn’t imagine a better time to grapple with the subject of demons. In our tradition, demons take center stage in numerous biblical stories and continue to chill us today as central characters in popular and religious culture. But do they really exist outside of our imaginations and nightmares? Are demons real, today?
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The Castration Of God

We are in danger of losing everything: the threat is that we will be reduced to abstract subjects devoid of all substantial content, dispossessed of our symbolic substance, our genetic base heavily manipulated, vegetating in an unlivable environment. – Zizek Atheist philosopher and cultural theorist Slavoj Zizek is talking of the inherent problems with capitalism [Read More...]

Angels and Demons, Part I

Are angels and demons biblical? Associate Dean of Religious Life and author Jim Burklo recently responded to a series of questions on angels and archangels by the producers of the TV series “Supernatural.” We’ll post excerpts from his interview over the course of this week.
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Dominoes, Anyone? Lectionary Reflection on Zacchaeus, Luke 19:1-10

The afternoon sun dappled through the palladium windows in Kirby Parlor at Perkins School of Theology one autumn afternoon a couple years ago. It lit up the rugged, handsome features of an athletic 60 year old man seated in a circle of about 30 young preaching students. He was John Irving, the novelist, author of The World according to Gap, Cider House Rules, and A Prayer for Owen Meany among other novels. He was on campus to do the Tate lectures at SMU and graciously agreed to spend an hour with my preaching students. They provided the topic: What do sermon writing and novel writing have in common?

“Where do you start when you write a novel?” asked one young student.
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