Adventurous Lectionary – September 7, 2014 – Pentecost 13

The Adventurous Lectionary – September 7, 2014 – The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost Bruce G. Epperly Exodus 12:1-14 Psalm 149 Romans 13:8-14 Matthew 18:15 This week’s scriptures raise issues of divine violence and exclusion as well as God’s protective safety.   Like many important religious feasts, the celebration of Passover is shrouded in mystery and ethical [Read More...]

Pondering Providence: Responding to Robert Tracy Knight’s “The First Thanksgiving”

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Robert Tracy McKenzie does a masterful job of liberating the pilgrims from the cultural and economic myths that often disguise their faith and practices in his new book The First Thanksgiving. He sees them as God-centered people, leery of religious holidays, and focused on covenant with God and one another. The pilgrims were inspired by [Read More...]

Bonhoeffer’s Vision and Process Theology

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A Response to The Bonhoeffer Reader, edited by  Clifford J. Green and Michael P. DeJonge Few theologians have responded as creatively and forthrightly to the postmodern challenge as Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Bonhoeffer recognized the pluralistic, multi-centered, experience-oriented world of our current religious landscape. He imagined an emerging Christianity, no longer at the center of culture, but [Read More...]

Suffering, Divinity, and Power: A Response to Jeanne Murray Walker’s “The Geography of Memory”

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The specific questions raised here are: “Does the omnipresent God continue to act in the lives of persons with Alzheimer’s? Does God continue to work in the lives of persons with Alzheimer’s, or does this disease somehow render God’s presence null and void?” Or, in simpler language, “Where is God in Alzheimer’s?” [Read more...]

Spirit-centered Process #1 Does Theology Matter?

All theological reflection should be willing to face the question, “So what?” Are our ideas merely abstractions with no value below the neck, or to they help us navigate the rough and tumble world of living and dying, loving and fighting, healing and curing? Do they give us guidance for our political and economic as [Read More...]


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