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On Scripture

Can We Keep Our Children Safe? (2 Samuel 18)

By H. Beecher Hicks, Jr. The black church plays an important role in supporting education. The Black Church has played a major a role in the struggle for justice in America. They have been haven, passageway, rallying place, center of learning, and a foundation of strength for African American communities dealing with slavery, subjugation hatred [Read More...]

Lectio

Wild Yeast and Open Fermentation: The Future of Progressive Christianity

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on the Future of Progressive Christianity in America. Read other perspectives here.   I’ve spent most of my adult life in Asheville, NC and Denver, CO, so I have had to become a beer snob. Even in Denver, where you can see those same mountains that [Read More...]

Opening the Old Testament

What Goes Around: Reflections on 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a

David's story is yet another example of "what goes around, comes around," and the bad things we do today affect all of our tomorrows in ways we can never quite predict and certainly do not want.

Living a Holy Adventure

The Adventurous Lectionary – Tenth Sunday after Pentecost – August 2, 2015

The Adventurous Lectionary – Tenth Sunday after Pentecost – August 2, 2015 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a Psalm 51:1-12 Ephesians 4:1-16 John 6:24-35 This Sunday’s readings focus on the realities of sin and grace. Our recognition of our fallibility opens us to grace beyond our efforts; the transformative energy emerging from a grace and power greater than [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

“Because Cotillions!” & Other Episcopal #AutoCorrect Fails

Like most folks, I do a lot of things while I’m doing a lot of other things. As primarily a stay-at-home dad right now, it often means that I make notes while I’m doing dishes, cleaning rooms, folding clothes, or ferrying kids to and from summer activities or camps. Typically, Apple’s speech-to-text software is pretty [Read More...]

Sarcastic Lutheran

Sermon on the Feeding of the 5,000 (preached for pastors, musicians and church leaders)

(I spent about 25 hours working on a sermon for the closing Eucharist of the ELCA’s Jubilee worship conference, Called to Be a Living Voice.  It was a huge struggle and I was too in my head about it…trying to make sure I said all the things I thought they’d want me to say and [Read More...]

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