C. S. Lewis and the Gift of Perspective: A Conversation with Alister McGrath

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I read Alister McGrath’s If I Had Lunch with C.S. Lewis (now featured in the Patheos Book Club) in light of the current religious and cultural polarization of our time. The United Methodist Church is conducting trials to discipline pastors who perform same sex marriages. Religious leaders protest the showing of the film Noah because they [Read More...]

Dana Trent’s ‘Saffron Cross” and the Emergence of 21st Century Inter-spirituality

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A number of years ago, in the course of teaching a class in Wesley Theological Seminary’s Lay School, I discovered that virtually all my students had experience in various forms of complementary and global medicine and none of them had shared this with her or his pastor. These were not back row Christians but moderators, [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary for March 30, 2014

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Lectionary Reflections for the Fourth Sunday in Lent – March 30, 2014 I Samuel 16:1-13 Psalm 23 Ephesians 5:8-14 John 9:1-41 Today’s scriptures speak of light and darkness, and sight and blindness. They are metaphorical in nature, and must be understood in terms of the full humanity of persons of color and sight-impaired people. Darkness [Read More...]

Heavenly Minded and Earthly Good: A Response to Steve Berger’s Between Heaven and Earth

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Steve Berger, pastor and author of the new book Between Heaven and Earth, is heaven-obsessed. In light of his own family’s tragedies and the imperfections of human life, he sees heaven as his true home and the hope of heaven shapes his every decision. For Berger, the hope of heaven gives him a larger perspective. The [Read More...]

The Church in an Era of Digital Pluralism: On Clint Schnekloth’s “Mediating Faith”

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The church needs to be both in and of the emerging transmedia technologies, while presenting its own ancient-future-now vision. [Read more...]

Mature Discipleship and the Way of Blessing: Reflections on Ron Rolheiser’s “Sacred Fire”

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Reflections on Ronald Rolheiser’s new book Sacred Fire: A Vision for a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity There are many spiritual pathways for the many seasons of our lives, for our personal contexts, gender and sexual orientation, and personality types. A personal God has a personal relationship with every creature. God’s center is everywhere and focuses [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: The Third Sunday in Lent, March 23, 2014

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Lectionary Reflections Third Sunday in Lent March 23, 2014 Exodus 17:1-7 Psalm 95 Romans 5:1-11 John 4:5-42 (4:5-15, 27-38) We all need living waters. We need spiritual and relational resources that refresh and transform our lives. God is willing to give us what we need for spiritual transformation in challenging times; we need to open [Read More...]

In the Spirit of St. Patrick

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The Celts were adventurers.  They sailed off into unknown lands, sometimes sailing without a rudder, trusting that God would bring them to their place of resurrection, their place of wholeness and vocation.  Each day was seen as adventure, filled with danger and possibility.  So, Celtic travelers often drew a circle around themselves as they began [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary for the Second Sunday in Lent: March 16, 2014

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Lectionary Reflections for the Second Sunday in Lent  March 16, 2014 Genesis 12:1-9 (RCL, Genesis 12:1-4a) Psalm 121 Romans 4:1-5 John 3:1-13, 16-17 (RCL, John 3:1-17) Sometimes the Revised Common Lectionary gives readings that are too brief to cover the theme. Other times, the Revised Common Lectionary suggests readings that cover too much ground or [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: The First Sunday in Lent – March 9, 2014

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Lectionary Reflections for the First Sunday in Lent  March 9, 2014 Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7 (preferred reading, Genesis 2:15-3:7) Psalm 32 Romans 5:12-19 Matthew 4:1-11 We begin our Journey into Lent with the affirmation that God’s grace is greater than our sin. The story of Adam and Eve, the primordial legend of humankind’s evolution, begins with [Read More...]


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