Ancient Stones, Living Stones: An Alternative Tour of the Holy Land

“Within the despairingly complicated quagmire of issues in Jerusalem, we encountered several pictures of hope.” A post by Frank Rogers from the trip-blog, “Ancient Stones, Living Stones.” [Read more…]

A Salt & Light Job Description: Reflections on Sunday’s scriptures, Matthew 5:13-16

“Have a nice day” is not the sort of thing Jesus ever said to anyone when leaving them or when they were leaving him. He said things like, “Go and sin no more,” or “Rise, take up your bed and walk,” and “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations . . .” In these verses (Matthew 5:13-16), he is saying, “Go, be salt and light.” Of course, lots of people, then and now, respond with, “Sorry, I have other plans.” [Read more…]

Christians and Guns

Naturally there is nothing in the Bible about guns themselves, and there is little in scripture about rights, as we understand and claim them in America, including the right to bear arms (although a considerable amount about responsibilities). In the scriptural record, though, we can uncover two pertinent themes, both of which require some interpretation: righteous violence and radical pacifism. [Read more…]

If Jesus Were on Facebook….Reflections on Matthew 5:1-12

I like Facebook, but I have somehow ended up with lots of friends I don’t even know. Maybe that’s how Jesus feels. Lots of people ask to be his friends, and when he confirms them, they never give him another thought. Lots of people claim to be his friends and really are barely acquainted with his life story and body of teachings, much less willing to live by them. [Read more…]

Jay Bakker, The Grace Junkie: A Book Review

You would think someone who has experienced so much would walk away from anything that looks remotely like the very place he came from. But there is hope. Jay Bakker is an ardent grace-junkie. He drinks it. Shoots it up. Sniffs it. Loves it. And he encourages everyone to do the same. [Read more…]

Who is my brother? Who is my sister?

Moments into his new administrative responsibilities the governor of Alabama told a congregation that those who are not Christians are not his brothers and sisters. As Anne Lamott once observed in a different connection, it is the kind of statement that would drive Jesus to drink gin from the cat’s dish. Patheos columnist and Episcopal Priest Fred Scmidt responds to the new Governor’s religious words… [Read more…]

Love Is The Seat of Wisdom

In case you haven’t met her yet, let me introduce you to one of our fabulous new bloggers at Patheos, The Anchoress (Elizabeth Scalia). Her daily posts are passionate, touching, humorous and always grounded in her life as a person of faith. And they often leave me either laughing out loud, or teary-eyed. [Read more…]

The Little Monk: A Theopoetic of Grace and Creation

To my readers: I have been away from this and other blogs since the beginning of December as I moved and prepared for Christmas. On the other side of Christmas I find myself in a new living space with a brand new writing area. With this post I am glad to return to the Patheos [Read More…]

A Prayer With Haiti

Kent Annan, co-director of Haiti Partners, first moved to Haiti eight years ago and lived in Darbonne, near the epicenter of last year’s earthquake. This is his prayer on the one-year anniversary of the quake. [Read more…]

Tragedy in Tucson: An All-Too-Real Parable Unfolding

The tragedy in Tucson this week has brought us once again to the brink of asking all the right questions. What is it going to take for us to wake up to the truth that hateful and violent speech leads to hateful and violent actions? A parable has unfolded before our eyes this week. The question is whether will heed its message. [Read more…]

Demon-Possessed Politics

In the wake of yesterday’s tragic shooting of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords no small number of commentators were quick to lay blame for the climate in which this kind of thing could happen at the doorstep of millions who differ with Ms. Giffords’s views. I find that troubling — not because I share those views — but because it points to a general decline in thoughtful, judicious political conversation. [Read more…]

God, The Holy Adventurer

On this first day of your holy adventure, we begin with the basics – our relationship with God, the Holy Adventurer. How you imagine the ultimate reality will shape what you expect from yourself and the world. What kind of world do we live in? Is God on our side or against us? Does God want us to have abundant life or does God want us to remain passive and subservient, living by scarcity? [Read more…]


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