On ScriptureDaring to Hope in the Stress of Uncertainty (Mark 16:1-8)
By Matthew L. Skinner. Stress is an accepted reality of everyday life. What stresses you out? Many people fear death. It’s an understandable fear. And one that’s socially acceptable. But shouldn’t we also admit that living can be scary as hell, too? As any fan of The Walking Dead and other apocalyptic fiction knows, it [Read More...]
Living a Holy AdventureEaster Sunday
Easter Sunday Acts 10:34-43 Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 I Corinthians 15:1-11 Mark 16:1-8 and John 20:1-18 This is the day that God has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it! This is the heart of the Easter proclamation – God’s new thing, the divine creativity that brings forth new life with every new day, [Read More...]
The Spiritual LandscapeSocial 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 ExegesisWe 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.
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Edges of FaithThe Descent: Short, Short fiction for Holy Week
He knew he’d find his friend here, in this place of the forgotten dead, among the lost souls no one remembered any longer. It was these places where he always went first, where he always felt most at home. It was a place without the pretense of religiosity and perfection, a place where failure was [Read More...]
Opening the Old TestamentA Troubling Day? Reflections on Easter Sunday and Isaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
I used to revel in the rousing anthems and loud hosannas of Easter morning. Now, however, I wish to step outside the sanctuary and sit by myself, gazing longingly at an azure sky, and just be. The truth is, I find Easter Sunday rather troubling.
Sarcastic LutheranNot sure if you want to go to Holy Week services?
Here’s what I have to say about Holy Week (Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil): Two thousand years ago in the middle-east, there had to have been crowds who shouted praise and friends who betrayed and followers who denied and women who wept and soldiers who mocked and thieves who believed. It [Read More...]