April 8, 2019

God is creating a new pattern of being human. Don’t remember the old laws that divided “us from them.” The prophet Isaiah said God is including those who were excluded by laws. Jesus agreed. Read more

April 5, 2019

Isaiah claimed God was doing something new. What’s this new thing? It’s a movement from violence to nonviolence. Check out the latest episode of GVBS to learn more about this radical new thing! Read more

April 4, 2019

Fifty-two years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “Beyond Vietnam” speech at the Riverside Church in New York. One year later, he was assassinated in Memphis, TN. Even before his assassination, the US government sought to discredit him, arrested him 29 times, and attempted to drive him to suicide. King was killed for leading a revolution of love against the triple evils of racism, militarism and economic exploitation. He saw a direct connection between the war machine –… Read more

April 2, 2019

Editor’s Note: Every Wednesday at 10:30 am CT, Adam and Lindsey host a live Girardian Virtual Bible Study following the Sunday lectionary on the Raven Foundation Facebook page. We invite our listeners to join the conversation with comments and questions. I take some notes to help me prepare… and share them with you to help you do the same! This is the Girardian Virtual Bible Study preview! If you missed the live show, you can watch the recording and read the show notes… Read more

March 27, 2019

Are you like the prodigal son? Or more like the resentful brother? Have you ever been the forgiving father? Join Lindsey and Adam as they discuss one of the most important stories in the Bible – the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Read more

March 25, 2019

The prophet Isaiah envisions an economic reality where the poor buy food without price. Is it possible for us to participate in this divine economy? Join Rev. Adam Ericksen as he explores the economics of God in his latest sermon. Read more

March 22, 2019

In The Right Place At the Right Time Shortly after the Virginia Tech shooting, I remember listening to the words of President Bush offering his condolences: Those whose lives were taken did nothing to deserve their fate. They were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Now they’re gone—and they leave behind grieving families, and grieving classmates, and a grieving nation. He was right, of course, to unequivocally affirm the innocence of the victims and channel the grief… Read more

March 18, 2019

In the wake of the terrorist attack at a New Zealand Mosque, Adam Ericksen describes how Jesus and the Qur’an lead us beyond the sin of white supremacy. Read more

March 15, 2019

Welcome to the Girardian Virtual Bible Study! Each week we explore the lectionary passage with the help of René Girard’s insights into human relationships. We hope you enjoy this installment of the GVBS. Join us next week at 10 am Central on the Raven Foundation Facebook page for the live show. The show notes and video recording are below. This week’s episode explores Lent 2, Year C, Genesis 15: 1-12, 17-18, and Luke 13: 31-35. You can subscribe to the GVBS on Podbean! Introduction: You Won’t BELIEVE… Read more

March 11, 2019

The Bible teaches us to share God’s abundance with all people, including undocumented immigrants. Join Rev. Adam Ericksen as he explores the Bible’s wisdom during the first Sunday of Lent. Read more

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