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You see, I wrestle with silence a lot. We have this strange dance, silence and I. I am much more comfortable in silence than I am in large groups of people whose conversations swell and mix together, eventually sounding like static or clucking chickens. I need--I crave--times for silence. But I resist it sometimes as well, behaving like I somehow enjoy having four or five programs or projects going on at the same time. I feel like I'm being so much more productive that way--until it all gets on my nerves and I begin to rearrange my office again and put in a rug and zafu meditation cushion in the corner in hopes that I will take advantage of the space and "just" sit and be and reflect and pray and make tea for folks who come by to visit and sit on the floor.Read full transcript...
What does an Eighth-Century Jewish shepherd have to say about the economic bubble, predatory lenders and politics as usual? Join series host Rev. Eric Elnes, Ph.D. and Frank Schaeffer for part 3 of "Prophetically Incorrect: Amos and the Art of Uncomfortable Truth."
This week's sermon illustration includes an excerpt entitled "Female" which was originally published in 1988 in Whistling in the Dark.
When I'm invited to teach in churches, I often invite questions from the group before I begin my planned presentation. This helps me understand where people are coming from and helps the audience pursue the questions they care about. The overwhelming majority of questions I receive involve historical matters.
It is important for us as a nation to reflect upon the idea of expendable people which we seem to embrace with a great amount of comfort. It is too easy to assume that folks who are homeless or in poverty in general are in that shape simply because of their personal inability to do better.
Ever thought about Noah on Father's Day? God asked Noah to build something out of faith in plain view of his children.
In a letter written in the spring of 1924, Eveyln Underhill offers her correspondent a set of prayers she could use with rosary beads. I think it is a lovely set of prayers, and so I’d like to share it with you here.
What grad schools offer some of the best financial aid packages and have graduates with the lowest debt levels? Where do you find professors who immerse themselves in issues like food security, human rights, immigration and prison reform and teach classes about them? What graduate schools attract a diverse group of students who are preparing for courageous roles in society and are committed to systemic social change? Answer: seminaries and divinity schools.
We saw quite a few self-hugging trees as we hiked the trails in Sedona a few months back. The first words that sprang to mind when I saw this particular one was a public service bumper sticker from the 1970′s asking, Have you hugged your kids today?
At an early age I was taught that there are sins of commission – the wrong that we do; and there are sins of omission – the good that we fail to do. In my life I've discovered that it's much easier to refrain from doing the wrong things than it is to commit to doing the right things.