Daring to Hope in the Stress of Uncertainty (Mark 16:1-8)

By Matthew L. Skinner.Stress is an accepted reality of everyday life. What stresses you out? Many people fear death. It’s an understandable fear. And one that’s socially acceptable. But shouldn’t we also admit that living can be scary as hell, too? As any fan of The Walking Dead and other apocalyptic fiction knows, it doesn’t take much for the lines between order and chaos, between civility and mayhem, and between trustworthiness and falsehood to be exposed as thinner than adverti … [Read more...]

Luke 24:36b-48: A Welcoming Table

By Henry BrintonEveryone knows about Easter morning, when a group of women discover the empty tomb. Many people also know the story of Easter afternoon — the walk to Emmaus in which two disciples encounter a mysterious stranger who reveals himself to be the risen Christ.LGBTQ Groups on Catholic CampusesThe Catholic Church's hierarchy has been clear in its statements against same-sex marriage. But many Catholic colleges and universities have officially recognized LGBTQ a … [Read more...]

John 20:19-31: Thomas > Doubt

By Lisa HickmanThomas is permanently labeled a ‘doubter’ by two millennia of history books, sermons, cartoons and theological treatises in the Christian tradition. A cartoon by Joshua Harris has Thomas crying out, “All I’m saying is we don’t call Peter ‘Denying Peter.’”Jefferson Bethke on Loving Jesus but Doubting ReligionIn January 2012, 22-year-old Tacoma, Wash. resident Jefferson Bethke posted a recorded performance of his poem "Why I Hate Religion, but Love Jesus" … [Read more...]

Mark 14:1-15:47: What Jesus’ Death Tells Us About Ourselves

Mathew Skinner

By Mathew SkinnerThe Trayvon Martin story is tragic for many reasons. We see one of them in what his death has again brought to the surface: deeply rooted convictions that the system is flawed. We have a hard time trusting the criminal-justice processes in particular cases when the system-wide injustices remain so persistent.As Christians move into the week that most defines our faith, a week of remembering and reliving Jesus’ death and resurrection, this idea of a broken system p … [Read more...]


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