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It is festival season in Jerusalem and the last thing the chamber of commerce wants is a riot, a scene, a disturbance. During the season of Passover, the crowds--carrying their sacks and luggage and provisions--are gathered from all across the region, and it is important to the festival committee that everything goes smoothly.Read full transcript...
To write about religion is to court controversy, conflict, and criticism. It confirms the counsel of conventional etiquette that it is best in polite conversation to avoid two subjects: religion and politics.
Reviving the Congregation: Pastoral Leadership in a Changing Context, by Michael W. Foss, is the kind of book that should be read by every seminary student on a pastoral ministry track or lay leader/minister in a local congregation in need of some ministry training. It’s as much about maintaining and nurturing congregational vitality, health, and vision as it is about 'reviving.'
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 October 5, 2014 we will celebrate the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost.
What if we imagine God’s vineyard as described in Matthew 21 to be this beautifDare to go there with me, if you will. What if we imagine God’s vineyard as described in Matthew 21 to be this beautiful world we inhabit? What will happen if we reject it – if we continue to treat it with disrespect, fail to listen to its natural woes, dismiss the warning signs it gives us? What if God is keeping score?
This summer I had the privilege of visiting Mount Rushmore—the magnificent monument to American ideals etched into the stunning Black Hills of South Dakota. Mount Rushmore is as much a testimonial to human perseverance as it is a memorial to the four esteemed presidents it memorializes.
'Jesus ignored her'? This is a story in which nobody wants to pay attention to a suffering woman, even Jesus.
I wonder… Is home the scent in the air and the soil under your feet? Or is it the people who stand around you? Maybe it’s both.
Whatever your faith and whatever the season, Marcia Falk has blessings, poems and spiritual guidance to help you through a time of reflection and renewal. Her new book is called 'The Days Between: Blessings, Poems, and Directions of the Heart for the Jewish High Holiday Season.' It's a series of reflections, readings, blessings and prayers appropriate to each day from Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur. But this book also is full of timeless spiritual wisdom.
With so much conversation taking place at church in committee meetings, classrooms, and hallways, what holds them together?
How then ought Christ-followers respond to the religiously inspired violence perpetrated by groups like ISIS/ISIL? I believe that Christ-followers, while denouncing all forms of violence—especially religious violence—ought to respond with compassion and sympathy.