Editor’s Note: As we follow Jesus through the Lenten season, we remember how we expelled him as a criminal from our world. Today our nation expels immigrants bearing the image of Christ. As we journey with Jesus, we remember that Jesus journeys with migrants, and that we find his in face in the faces of those isolated, marginalized, and deported.  During this Lenten season the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals program is set to end on March 5th. You can add… Read more

The truth is with the heavens torn apart, a dove descends, not a drone or a warhead or even distorted logic meant to justify violence.  A dove: could there be a gentler, more compelling symbol?  Read more

This is a sermon I preached at Clackamas United Church of Christ, in Milwaukie, Oregon. The text was Genesis 9:8-17 and Mark 1:9-15, the story of Noah and the flood and the story of Jesus in the desert. You can read the sermon text or watch the video below. The older I get, the more I hate the story of Noah and the flood. Today we heard the end of the story in Genesis 9 where God promises to never flood… Read more

Another mass shooting at a school. And another round of politicians refusing to do anything about it. Trump blamed the gun violence epidemic on mental health. Trump likes to blame Muslims, Mexicans, the media, black players in the NFL … the list of Trump’s scapegoats for the ills of America goes on. Mental health is not the problem with gun violence. As the American Mental Health Counselors Association states, “People with serious mental illness are rarely violent. Only 3-5 percent… Read more

  Happy Ash Valentine’s Day! For this Lenten season, I will be following Jesus on a journey of discovery as he leads me through heartscapes of human violence that are continually being transformed by his love into mercy and compassion. My vehicles for this journey will be prayer, meditation, and a Bible study guide called Seven Stories: How to Study and Teach the Nonviolent Bible by my friend, previous Raven award winner and hope-timist extraordinaire, Dr. Anthony Bartlett. Dr. Anthony… Read more

Mystical experiences are often shunned in the modern world, but can they actually teach us what is really Real? Rev. Adam Ericksen says they can. Find out how in his latest sermon. Read more

  In this episode of the RavenCast, I talk with the Rev. Dr. Carolyn Helsel about her book Anxious to Talk About It: Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully About Racism. Carolyn is assistant professor of homiletics at Austin Presbyterian Seminary. She is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and Emory University. She is ordained in the Presbyterian Church and blogs at carolynhelsel.com. Carolyn is a frequent speaker at conferences and churches. You can watch the video of the conversation below.     Topics… Read more

The Transfiguration is about Jesus transforming into dazzling white, but it’s also about our transformation. It’s about transforming our understanding of God from a violent divine warrior to a nonviolent God of universal love. Read more

Trump is winning because he is making us exactly like him. Read more

After two months of hospitalization and rehab, the Rev. Tom Truby is back home, preaching at Clarkes United Methodist Church. It’s with great pleasure that we continue posting his sermons. Here’s his first one back, “It’s Good to Be Home!” Read more

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