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"Oh that you would tear open the heavens and come down!" The cry goes up from the prophet and the people of Israel in Isaiah 64, the Hebrew Bible lection for this first Sunday in Advent. This lament has been echoed by individuals and entire peoples throughout the ages: "We need you, God! Where are you, God? Come down and intervene NOW, God! Enough is enough!"Read full transcript...
I suppose if Ferguson was an isolated context or if Michael Brown’s death was an anomaly, congregations this Sunday might simply pray for the families, for the burning buildings, for the broken glass in the streets and the broken hearts in Ferguson and around the nation. But neither is true.
As the beginning of Advent approaches during our celebration of Thanksgiving, we can be grateful for the slow pause before the joy of Christmas.
Brother David Steindl-Rast has contended in his writings that gratitude is foundational to a healthy spiritual life. If that is true, and I believe it is, then how might we expand our capacity for gratitude? Perhaps some reflections drawn from the story of Moses’ encounter with God in Exodus 33:12-23 can lead us along a path to gratitude.
As we approach the National Day of Thanksgiving it is appropriate to examine our attitude. Is it one of thankfulness or do we suffer from the common sin of ingratitude?
Thanksgiving came in the nick of time this year. After an especially acrimonious political season, it was time for some comfort food. Please pass the cornbread dressing and giblet gravy, and let the only disagreement around the table be about whether or not oysters would have made the dressing tastier. (My answer? No.)
In this six-week series, we’ll explore some familiar Hebrew stories of despair and deliverance. Noah, Abraham, Joseph, and Moses each persevered with God’s help amid almost unimaginable darkness. This series is for the times in your life when there seems to be no way out, and for the times when God’s covenant shines a light in the darkness providing that way, after all. Part 4, "Delivering," features Christian Piatt.
By Macky Alson, Auburn Seminary: I can imagine that you are preparing to preach and teach on the Ferguson verdict, so I have pulled together some resources linked and excerpted here that may be of help.
Recently another Jesus hoax appeared in the media. Media producer Simcha Jacobovici has collaborated with a professor named Barrie Wilson on a book called, 'The Lost Gospel: Decoding the Ancient Text That Reveals Jesus' Marriage to Mary the Magdalene.' I don't wish to be rude, and I will freely admit I haven't read the book yet, but the entire premise is utter hogwash.
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On November 30, 2014 we will celebrate the First Sunday of Advent.
We know it will soon be the end of November and the end of Thanksgiving weekend. In the Christian calendar, it’s the beginning of Advent, the season leading up to Christmas. For many people, the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is a tough time to get through.