May 12, 2019

Here is our prayer for our mothers on Mother’s Day. It comes with a history for me. My mother was choir director at our church, and every Sunday — world without end, Amen — ended with the choir singing this Benediction. I can still sway and bob my head with the words. The Lord bless you and keep you The Lord lift His countenance upon you, And give you peace, and give you peace; The Lord make His face to… Read more

May 12, 2019

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. BCP Read more

May 11, 2019

SECULOSITY: HOW CAREER, PARENTING, TECHNOLOGY, FOOD, ETC. BECAME OUR NEW RELIGION AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT David Zahl is the author of a terrific, Seculosity, new book with the provocative neologism of “seculosity.” Zahl is the founder and director of Mockingbird Ministries. He also serves on the staff of Christ Episcopal Church in Charlottesville, Virginia. The following interview was conducted by David George Moore. Some of Dave’s videos can be found at Moore: I think Jesus Creed readers… Read more

May 11, 2019

We’re back from a mini sabbatical in Greece, and a truly restorative and productive time it was! Barbara Bush’s final letter to her children: HOUSTON – Barbara Pierce Bush knew she was entering the final days of her long and eventful life. She was 92 years old. She had taken a fall, breaking her back and sending her to Houston Methodist Hospital. She was losing her battle with congestive heart failure, among other ailments. Soon her doctor would come into… Read more

May 10, 2019

By Mike Glenn Happy  Mother’s Day to All of My Moms …. In law enforcement, they talk about “jurisdiction”. Jurisdiction settles the question of who’s responsible for the criminal investigation depending upon the type of crime committed and where the crime was committed. While there might be several agencies involved, one of them will have control over the entire investigation because of jurisdiction. When I was growing up, I wouldn’t have known the word “jurisdiction”, but I did know what… Read more

May 9, 2019

There is a new resource from BioLogos – a series of podcasts providing the opportunity for longer conversations on a range of issue. You can find them on the BioLogos site here and/or subscribe through a variety of services including Apple and Google. Two of the initial podcasts feature a conversation with Dr. Francis Collins, founder of BioLogos and current director of the National Institutes of Health. All of the podcasts so far touch on science and Christian faith -… Read more

May 9, 2019

By Steve Cuss I think is must be very difficult to find your place in a family with a celebrity in it. Everybody wants to talk about your actress mother or your politician grandfather who ran for president. You endure six or seven questions about your famous relative until the person finally asks, ‘What about you? What do you do?’ Your most honest response is, ‘not much.’ That was Jason. He endured being related to two very famous people. Everybody in… Read more

May 7, 2019

I recently picked up a book by R. W. L. Moberly The Bible in a Disenchanted Age, relatively new – published early 2018. Marianne Meye Thompson writes in her blurb for the book: In this gem of a book, Walter Moberly addresses the difficult question of what it might mean to trust the Bible in an era marked by distrust, particularly when any sort of religious claim is at stake. With his characteristic clarity, candor, breadth of learning, and intellectual… Read more

May 6, 2019

 By Becky Castle Miller When I started reading Rachel Held Evans’ blog years ago, I disagreed with her on most things. Today, as I try to comprehend the news of her death, I realize I agree with her on most things. It was the combination of her kindness and her questions that made the difference. Rachel was one of the first Christian feminists I encountered, and, more broadly, one of the first Christian progressives. I grew up very conservative, just like… Read more

May 5, 2019

Almighty God, we grieve the loss of Rachel and we pray for her family, and so we remember before you today your faithful servant Rachel; and we pray that, having opened to her the gates of eternal life, you will receive her more and more into your joyful service, that, with all who have faithfully served you in the past, she may share in the eternal victory of Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the… Read more

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