A Liturgy for the Sept. 11 Anniversary

One of the challenges I’ve had in my ordination journey is to live within the liturgy, so I’ve taken extra care since meeting with my commission on ministry in July to seek out ways that I can think more liturgically as preparation for the priesthood. So as an exercise in thinking liturgically, I prepared a Eucharistic liturgy for the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks [Read more…]

Is God Christian?

The new book “Is God a Christian?” is a beautifully-written essay promoting religious pluralism from a Christian perspective. Much of it is an argument against fundamentalism in all religions, and an argument for openness, toleration, and compassion among the world’s faiths. [Read more…]

A Vision for America

“Where there is no vision, the people perish… ” Proverbs 29:18, Bible, King James Version. What’s your vision for America? [Read more…]

Was Anders Breivek Really A Christian?

We should clarify precisely what kind of “Christian” Anders Breivik is. Because, as it turns out, he’s not much of a Christian at all, at least by ordinary definitions of the term. [Read more…]

Mark Scandrette and Me

[Editor’s Note: This is the third and final post in a series by Devin Murphy, a theologically conservative Christian who attended the recent Wild Goose Festival in North Carolina.  Read his first post, “The Emergent Church and Me: A Disclaimer,” here.] Conversations You Don’t Forget About — My final* entry on my time at the [Read More…]

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Bargaining Jacob: Reflections on this Sunday’s OT Text

Do we not expect some goodies from God if we give God our time, however small, however grudging? It is a question we need constantly to ask ourselves. Do we worship our God simply because we can do nothing else? Do we serve our God simply because we can do nothing else? Just how often are we bargaining Jacob? Good questions indeed.
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The Straw Man and the Arrogant Modernist

God save me from smug, ill informed, modernists who spend their time deconstructing faith thinking that they know what is true. I write to the rest of you, to those who know there is something beyond what we can see, hear, taste, touch and smell. I’m writing to those of you who are yearning for a context of meaning, but who have rightly rejected the mythic-literal frame of the world’s religions. I write to say that there is something beyond that. Enter the conversation. We’ll find it together.
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Battling the Biblical Bully

Earlier this week, author, speaker and blogger Rachel Held Evans stirred up quite the controversy when she called Mark Driscoll, a “bully” for his Facebook status update poking fun of “effeminate anatomically male religious leaders.” As Evans observed, Driscoll, founder of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, has a long history of using anti-gay slurs to demonize anyone he deems “unmanly.” [Read more…]

The Tree of Life: For Those With Eyes To See

Indeed, for people of faith, The Tree of Life is an exhilarating trip, thanks to director Terence Malick’s deep interest in matters of the spirit, one that was so manifest in his wonderful war film The Thin Red Line.

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Wild Goose, Ecumenicity, and the Future of the Christian Church

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, the most powerful memory I will forever maintain from Wild Goose 2011 is the closing ceremony. To understand why that experience of sharing communion with Catholics, Lutherans, Episcopalians, Methodists and Buddhist Christians moved me so deeply, you have to know a bit about my story. [Read more…]

Spiritual Lessons I Learned in Honduras

As I sat in the heat holding sometimes one, two, sometimes three young orphaned children at one time, I couldn’t help but think of Paul’s beautiful image for the Church as the Body of Christ. [Read more…]

A Conservative at the Wild Goose: Part 2

[Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of guest posts by Devin Murphy, a theologically conservative Christian who attended the recent Wild Goose Festival in North Carolina.  Read the first post, The Emergent Church and Me: A Disclaimer, here.] First Impressions of the Wild Goose Festival After driving… and driving… and driving… we [Read More…]