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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...
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.
As an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), I have officiated at more than 100 weddings over 30 years. I enjoy performing a wedding, witnessing the coming together of family and friends for a joyous celebration, recognizing the miracle of the joining together of two lives – body, mind and spirit – as they commit to each other with the simple 'I do.'
Lots of attention these days, rightly so, to things that pollute the air, the water, the soil. Paul knew, and reminds us, that there is such a thing as verbal pollution. Moreover, its consequences are serious. Careless words, distortions and lies, fracture trust and destroy life.
Indie filmmaker Patrick Shen has made several award-winning documentaries, including Flight From Death (2003), a look at the human longing for immortality. But it’s his current project that caught my eye: In Pursuit of Silence, a meditative film about the importance of silence for human beings — and the increasing noise that is drowning out silence in postmodern life.
How could God reveal himself in a way that would leave no room for doubt?
One of the more disturbing developments in Progressive Christian thought of late is the demonizing of difference.