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On Scripture

The New Feminism: Redefining a Woman’s Place (Mark 7:24-37)

By Karyn L. Wiseman. We asked people about gender equality in today’s society. Recently two African American women took to the stage during a Bernie Sanders’ campaign event to protest for #BlackLivesMatter, a movement confronting issues related to racism and police violence in America. They were cheered by some and jeered by others. Their presence [Read More...]


Faith, Works, and Being Human: The Lectionary for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

  Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 and/or Isaiah 35:4-7 What It’s About: I never quite know what to do with the various options that the lectionary gives us. That’s true for preaching, and that’s true for writing this blog. Sometimes I choose one and ignore the other, and sometimes I try to take account of both. These two [Read More...]

Opening the Old Testament

The Prayer of a Dangerous King: Reflections on 1 Kings 8:1, 6, 10-11, 22-30, 41-43

Solomon was a very dangerous king, and so are we dangerous the minute we forget the source of all we have and are.

Living a Holy Adventure

The Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost 15 – September 6, 2015 Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23

The Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost 15 – September 6, 2015 Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 Psalm 125 James 2:1-17 Mark 7:24-37 God’s realm breaks down the barriers of friend and stranger and rich and poor and invites us to do likewise. God’s children deserve our reverence and respect, and this is revealed in our political advocacy [Read More...]

The Spiritual Landscape

Social Media Chaos, Leadership Crises, and General Theological Seminary

What was already chaotic became tragic for the Seminary in the space of just a few hours. An internal crisis became a public crisis.

Edgy Exegesis

We Are Children of God, Now: A Sermon for All Saints Day

As we remember those who have passed away this Sunday, let us allow their memory to inspire us to remember that we are all children of God, right now.

Mark Roberts

God of Peaches

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Edges of Faith

Questioning Prayer: Why Should I Keep Praying After Yet Another Shooting?

I have asked and I have asked. I have begged, and I have pleaded. And yet my requests have gone unanswered. I have offered constant intercession to you — a plea to stop the violence, a plea for some kind of intervention to end the killing, the tragedy, and the senseless deaths. But the resounding silence in response is [Read More...]

Sarcastic Lutheran

Jesus Isn’t The Sears Wishbook

  Click below to listen along….. Every single year when I was growing up, sometime in late Fall, our family, like so many other families in America, would receive an enormous catalog from a department store. On the cover would be some kind of shiny image of perfect children unwrapping gifts under a Christmas tree [Read More...]