Did Jesus speak more about Hell than about Heaven?

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To re-prioritize Jesus’ entire message around eternal conscious torment in hell is either alarmingly ignorant or intentionally manipulative. [Read more...]

Keeping Hope Alive

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In Luke’s story about Mary and Joseph bringing Jesus to the temple (Luke 2:22-40) they meet two prophets, Simeon and Anna, both well along in years. Simeon and Anna had been patiently waiting and looking for “the redemption of Israel” (Luke 2:38) and for God’s salvation “prepared in the presence of all peoples” as “a [Read More...]

What’s the good news about Christianity? N.T. Wright answers in “Simply Good News”

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N.T. Wright’s new book, “Simply Good News: Why the Gospel Is News and What Makes It Good,” sets out to reorient and refocus the Christian faith by examining its central tenet: the gospel. [Read more...]

How do you know when you’ve had a divine encounter?

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Mary was willing to trust and surrender to the Great Love and Mystery that formed the Christ child in her. What about us? Are we open and receptive enough, willing to make space, time, and opportunity for the Christ image to be formed in us? [Read more...]

Our 2014 Favorites

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The UC team shares some of our favorite things from the past year. [Read more...]

Are Non-LGBT-Affirming Christians Committing Blasphemy?

Some of the Jewish leaders in Jesus’ day accused Jesus of blasphemy because they felt he misrepresented God and thus violated God’s glory. They were the ones, however, who were actually misrepresenting God and distracting from the glory of God’s love and compassion. [Read more...]

Back to the ’90s: My Hometown (Again) Spurns the LGBT Community

I still love going to Fayetteville a few times a year; I look forward to seeing the Lights of the Ozarks on the Square yet again this year. But this year it may feel different. This year, like in 1998, I am ashamed that even Fayetteville — even what most consider the best and most inclusive city in Arkansas — cannot even manage to pass a simple ordinance promoting fairness. [Read more...]

Faith is the task of a lifetime

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I’m a Christian because of Søren Kierkegaard. The 19th-century Danish philosopher didn’t introduce me to Christianity, but he did, at a pivotal time in my life, provide the crucial encouragement that sustained my faith. [Read more...]


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