How Does Christianity Deal with Death? [Jonathan Murden]

This is a guest post for the Antioch Session by Jonathan Murden. His bio is at the bottom. One day, we’re all going to die. That got your attention, didn’t it? One day, our warm bodies, these organisms throbbing with life, all flesh and bone and beating blood, will be cold and still. One day, we will lie as if sleeping as they shovel the dirt on top of us. We will rot and decay and the worms will eat… Read more

#Ferguson: Finding Room in the Grieving [Levi Holland]

As I sat with a colleague, his question was, “With everything going on in Ferguson, what is the church’s response? We should be doing something!” It’s a question I’m sure many people who care about humanity have asked. Should we join the protests? Should we advocate for equality by exposing the evil in this racial injustice? How do we do it in a way that is respectful to the victims of this tragedy? How do we do it in an integral way,… Read more

War! What is it good for? [Daniel Karistai]

I am a pacifist. What I mean by that is in every conflict I have I make a concerted effort to not respond with violence. What I mean by that is I try to uphold the dignity of the other especially when we are at odds. I understand violence as the most primitive form of dehumanization. When I act violently toward another I not only dehumanize my sense of self (or character) but I also dehumanize the other. This makes… Read more

Talking With Teddy Bears – Incarnation Modeled [Fr. Tony Bleything]

There are certain people that have a God given magnetism.  They have an uncanny ability to draw out the best in people.  My wife’s aunt was that kind of person. Cancer took Teri Jean two years ago. Teri was no ordinary soul…she was a puppeteer.  Teri could tell the best stories, sing the craziest and bawdiest songs, and laugh louder than anyone I knew.  Near the end of her life, Teri chose to go back to school to be a nurse.  In… Read more

The Restlessness of Ordinary Time [Anderson Campbell]

As August marches quickly toward September, we find ourselves past the apex of daylight in the northern hemisphere, each day becoming slightly shorter than the last. We also find ourselves in the midst of that time in the church year called simply, “Ordinary Time.” Even if you are not part of a particularly liturgical church, you likely are aware of some of her seasons. Advent is the period of time that begins four Sundays before Christmas and during which we anticipate… Read more

#FFFF: Nish Weiseth

The following is an excerpt from Nish Weiseth’s book SPEAK that released this week. I hope you enjoy the post, follow Nish, and then buy this wonderful, wonderful book! — The argument about women in ministry that had transpired in my kitchen plays out in a multitude of ways every day. On youTube, loud and angry pastors stand in their pulpits and slap other believers and churches with labels like “heretical” and “unbiblical.” They call themselves true, gospel-oriented churches, with the… Read more

Starting a New Semester: Lessons of Grace and Discipleship [John Hawthorne]

The Thursday after Labor Day is the first day of classes at Spring Arbor. It’s my 33rd start to an academic year as professor or administrator. I’m teaching three classes this fall (I have a one course release for administrative responsibilities). Two of them I teach every fall. The third is a new course for me at SAU but I’ve taught it a few times before.  Once I get to August, I start transitioning from my vacation pace to my… Read more

Normalizing Discomfort- When Picking Up the Phone Feels Weird [Kelly Green]

I don’t want to romanticize the call to diversity within church communities. Especially for introverts like me who like to have our few close friends that get us and are perfectly content to live out the rest of our days with only those select few. Knowing we need a table big enough for everyone is one thing. Setting it and inviting the guests that Jesus talked about inviting is another thing entirely. We fight for the marginalized, but it gets trickier… Read more

Ecclesial Anamnesis and the Need to Remember [Nicholas Coates]

Moses stood on the banks of the Jordan River and looked out over the Israelites who were about to step into the land promised to them by God. Their exodus was now over – an exodus which had seen deserts wandered, bread falling from the sky, armies avoided, and seas crossed; an exodus which had displayed God’s faithfulness and love again and again. Yet, despite the miraculous and memorable journey, Moses stood before them and said: “Take care that you… Read more

Beyond Engagement: Will These Bones Live? [Daniel Karistai]

The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. And he said to me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’  -Ezekiel 37:1-3 This is the third and final post of a series of… Read more

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