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The wilderness experience for the Hebrew children represents a troubling place. It is hostile terrain, and the basic necessities for survival are not present. There is a growing crisis that grows out of a fear of perishing. For Israel the wilderness represents a place of dislocation and the unfamiliar. It represents the very real threat for their life.Read full transcript...
Watch the last of an 8-part series that helps participants communicate more honestly with each other, and with God, by showing a wide range prayerful response to life’s triumphs and tragedies. In part 8, guest Lee C. Camp discusses Psalm 23.
Journalist and scholar Phyllis Tickle has written a fascinating history of how Christians have come to understand the movement of God’s Holy Spirit. Her new book (written with Jon M. Sweeney) is called 'The Age of the Spirit: How the Ghost of an Ancient Controversy Is Shaping the Church.'
In our article 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 September 21, 2014 we will celebrate the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
The story of Jonah is a favorite in the Sunday School classroom. And for those of us who remember the story, one aspect of the narrative is most memorable. We remember that Jonah is eventually consumed by a whale or a fish or some sea creature. He spends three days in that great beast’s belly only to be jettisoned when he has finally learned his lesson. But what lesson exactly did he learn?
In this post, three observations I have about vocation in relation to the comments, emails, and dozens of conversations I’ve been privileged to have with folks over the years about their sense of calling.
I believe that Jesus was very deliberate in his portrayal as a community organizer by being aware of the social forces he set in motion in defining the concepts of discipleship, community and love.
Most psychotherapists and pastoral care advisors would agree that the most daunting aspect of counseling is getting persons to actually identify and name the source of their distresses. Uncovering the root causes of our emotional and psychological pain requires us to go places that we'd rather avoid and stay much longer than we usually intend.
A recent study of low-paid workers found that 57 percent do not get a pay stub. In other words, when they get paid, they have no idea how their pay is calculated or what is deducted.
'Bishops on the Border' is an ecumenical examination of immigration issues drawn from engaging, first-person narratives. A group of bishops (Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran, and United Methodist), all based along the US-Mexico border, found common ground to jointly address some key immigration issues. They worked together on behalf of local immigrant populations to address theological and pastoral concerns—and prayed for those whose lives were being directly affected.