May 7, 2019

The following is a sermon I preached at Clackamas United Church of Christ, near Portland, Oregon.  The primary scripture texts was John 21:15-19 and Revelation 5: 11-14. You can read the text or watch the video below. The book of Revelation is weird. We began discussing Revelation at Bible Study recently. One person offered this thought to our group: that John, the author of the book, had taken some, let’s just say for the sake of this sermon, “medicinal” herbs, before he… Read more

May 6, 2019

Bismillah Arrahman Arraheem. In the name of God, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful, I write to you, dear Muslim sisters and brothers, in the name of the One God who holds you and me and all peoples, all worlds, all faiths, in a single, eternal embrace. As the holy month of Ramadan begins, I pray for your strength and sustenance as you begin to undertake this month-long fast from sunrise to sunset. I pray not only for your physical endurance though… Read more

May 3, 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. The Raven Foundation will be taking a break this month from posting on the website, but you can continue to join the GVBS at 10:30 am Central on the Raven Foundation Facebook page during the month of May. This episode explores John 21:1-19 and Acts 9:1-20. Show Notes At 1:00 – Lindsey says these passages have a message that our… Read more

April 29, 2019

Are there some religious teachings we should doubt? Should doubt the existence of hell? Join Rev. Adam Ericksen as he puts hell in its proper context. Read more

April 27, 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 10:30 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 Easter 2, Year C, John 20:19-31. A Well-Disguised Blessing Doubt doesn’t always feel like a blessing. Questioning faith, questioning tradition,… Read more

April 24, 2019

How can churches and other nonprofits take flight? How can we navigate the turbulence of conflict? Join Adam Ericksen as he talks with Cameron Trimble, pilot and CEO of the Center for Progressive Renewal, about her book, “Piloting Church”! Read more

April 23, 2019

Readers of the editorial pages of the Richmond Times-Dispatch over the past few decades have enjoyed a haven of correctly-spelled words and appropriately-placed apostrophes in an era of texts and tweets. They may also have discovered a favorite columnist or two, and without a doubt, they have had the opportunity to read a variety of perspectives on all kinds of subject matter. They have my mother to thank. My mother spent forty years of her life working for the Richmond… Read more

April 23, 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! “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and… Read more

April 22, 2019

There were many resurrection stories in the ancient world. What makes Jesus’ resurrection different? Read more

April 19, 2019

This reluctance to examine hatred has taken on the character of a superstition. It is a subject that is taboo unless there is some extraordinary social crisis – such as war – involving the mobilization of all the national resources of the common life to meet it. There is a conspiracy of silence about hatred, its function and its meaning. Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman It is Good Friday. The time to break the silence surrounding hatred is now…. Read more

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