A Naturalistic Resurrection

There is no getting around Easter if you belong to the Jesus movement. Jesus’ first followers were transformed by their encounters with the Risen Christ. Once fearful, they became courageous; once uncertain, they became confident in that Jesus was unique, the savior of humankind, victorious over sickness, sin, and death. The power of the resurrection [Read More...]

Practicing Resurrection in an Ambiguous World

Affirming the resurrection doesn’t come easy for many of us. Frankly, many of us find it difficult to celebrate life these days. Holy Saturday, the time of uncertainty and waiting, the experience of suspense and the provisional nature of life, seems a far more realistic assessment of the human and cosmic condition than the bursting [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Palm and Passion Sunday – March 29. 2015

The Adventurous Lectionary – Palm and Passion Sunday – March 29. 2015 Bruce G. Epperly Mark 11:1-11 Philippians 2:5-11 Mark 14:1-15:47 (or 15:1-47) Palm Sunday is a challenging holy day in the life of the church. Many congregations join palms and passion, hoping to counteract diminishing attendance at Holy Week services. It is believed that [Read More...]

Reclaiming Good Friday: Salvation without Divine Violence

What do you do with Good Friday and the Cross when you’ve abandoned the centrality of the doctrines of substitutionary atonement and the divine necessity of Jesus’ death? Like many progressive Christians, I grew up hearing the mantras “Jesus died for our sins,” “Jesus died so that we might have eternal life and escape God’s [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fifth Sunday in Lent – March 22, 2015

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fifth Sunday in Lent – March 22, 2015 Jeremiah 31:31-34 Psalm 51:1-12 Hebrews 5:5-10 John 12:20—33 What is it like to have God’s law written on our hearts? For most of us, there is a dissonance between God’s vision and our behaviors and attitudes. Often God appears as an external [Read More...]

Encountering Jesus for the First Time: Responding to Richard L. Black’s Maximus

“Be not conformed to this world; but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2) These words capture the spirit of Richard Black’s Maximus. The book is about the gradual and then quantum transformation of a Roman general and his closest friend and colleague’s from military men to lovers and followers of Jesus. [Read More...]

Adventurous Lectionary – Lent 3 – March 8, 2015

The Adventurous Lectionary -The Third Sunday in Lent – March 8, 2015 Exodus 20:1-17 Psalm 19 I Corinthians 1:18-25 John 2:13-22 Today’s readings join theology, ethics, spirituality, economics, and public policy. They suggest that religion and politics really do mix, but in ways that baffle liberals and conservatives alike. While the Hebraic wanderers lived under [Read More...]


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