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...]

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 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...]

Living the Jesus Prayer: On Norris Chumley’s “Be Still and Know”

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A little over six years ago, my son was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. I was devastated and initially feared for his life. My wife and I dropped everything and returned to Washington DC to accompany him and his wife of just three months while he was in the hospital receiving his first [Read More...]


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