Celebrating Grandparent’s Day

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To me, being a grandparent is a spiritual and ethical vocation that begins with my two little grandsons and expands to honor every child. [Read more...]

The Adventurous Lectionary for Sept 8: Sacrifice and Artistry, Human and Divine

The Adventurous Lectionary for September 8, 2013   Sacrifice and Artistry: Human and Divine Today’s passages require careful theological navigation.  They have often been interpreted to justify the violence of divine omnipotence and a divine omniscience that fully determines the details of our lives from conception to death.  Moreover, they have been interpreted in ways [Read More...]

Authentic Abundance: Responding to Karen Beattie’s Rock-Bottom Blessings

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I am a firm believer in the holy synchronicities of life.  As I read the last words of Karen Beattie’s Rock-Bottom Blessings, I looked up and for the first time noticed – I had been living in our new home on Cape Cod for two months! – that my wife had placed an art piece [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary for Sept 1: Creative Interdependence

Lectionary Relections for September 1, 2013 Jeremiah 2:4-13 Psalm 81:1, 10-16 Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 Luke 14:1, 7-14 Creative Interdependence  This week’s lectionary calls us to creative interdependence.  We cannot thrive,  or even survive, without recognizing and acting upon our sense of interdependence with the world around us.  Authentic creation emerges from healthy relatedness, not pick-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps [Read More...]

God and the Global Public Square: A Response to Os Guinness’ The Global Public Square

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Although I come from the progressive theological and political wing of the Christian family, I always appreciate Os Guinness’ reflections. I am very appreciative of his new book The Global Public Square. Though I take a slightly different path, I find his reflections typically spot on in their assessment of social and cultural trends. As a pastor [Read More...]

Adventurous Lectionary: Divine Parenting and Human Well-Being – July 28, 2013

Lectionary Reflections for Pentecost 10 — July 28, 2013 Texts: Hosea 1:2-10; Psalm 85; Colossians 2:6-15; Luke 11:1-13 Today’s readings are profoundly theocentric in their proclamation of a universal God for whom the affairs of humans and nations are of significance. The readings also present the many faces of God – as challenger, restorer, enemy, parent, and transformer. The [Read More...]

Power, Love, and the Absence of God: A Dialogue with Sheridan Voysey’s “Resurrection Year”

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[This post is part of a roundtable conversation on the new book, Resurrection Year by Sheridan Voysey, now featured at the Patheos Book Club.] Sheridan Voysey’s Resurrection Year is a testament to faith and honesty.  It opens the door for faithful Christians to take theology seriously and go beyond the rote recitation of “orthodox” doctrines, [Read More...]


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