Acts 2:1-21, Think Differently About Difference

By Dr. Eric D. BarretoChristians have often hoped for a time when our racial and economic differences would cease, when in Christ we would all be indistinguishable. Such impulses are earnest but fundamentally misguided.Watch the Video: Religion Without BordersSikh, Muslim and Hindu students from across New York City have spent the last six months learning the art of debate through "Debate in the Neighborhood," a collaboration between the International Debate Education … [Read more...]

Psalm 1: Putting Evil in Its Place

By Dr. Amy EricksonPsalm 1 begins and ends in a way that puts a lot people off, particularly those who are less-than-compelled by fire and brimstone preaching: “Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread” (v 1) and “the Lord watches over the way of the righteous but the way of the wicked will perish” (v 6).It sounds like the psalm advocates - not only name-calling - but also a clean drawing of lines between believers and non-believers o … [Read more...]

Luke 1:39-56: Magnificat for a Broken World

By Carolyn SharpI left St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in New Haven with a soaring spirit. The Lessons & Carols service—quintessentially Anglican worship interweaving Scripture and music—had just concluded. Particularly memorable had been a haunting setting by Roderick Williams of one of the seven Greater Antiphons of Advent: “O Adonai, et Dux domus Israel” (“O Adonai, and leader of the house of Israel”). This stunning piece has a dark edginess that beautifully captures what waiting for God … [Read more...]


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