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The Rev. Gordon Stewart The Rev. Gordon C. Stewart, author of 'Be Still! Departure from Collective Madness' and host of 'Views from the Edge' (gordoncstewart.com), is a retired Presbyterian Church (USA) minister.

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Gordon Stewart is a public theologian whose publishing on faith and culture took flight with a guest commentary aired on Minnesota Public Radio's "All Things Considered" focused on Amish grace following the Amish school massacre at Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania. His sermons had been published previously by The Christian Century ("Worship and Resistance: the Exercise of Freedom"), Harper & Row's Best Sermons 1 ("Jesus and the Woman at the Well") and Best Sermons 2 ("An Idea Whose Time Has Come").

A native of Broomall, Pennsylvania and graduate of Maryville College (Maryville, TN) and McCormick Theological Seminary (Chicago), his studies at Harvard Divinity School (Charles E. Merrill Fellowship for Pastoral Excellence) and at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland included original research into the economic-religio-political context of the Gospel of Mark stories of the Stilling of the Storm and the Gerasene Demoniac, and critiques of religion as illusion (Marx, Feuerbach, and Freud).

An ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church USA), he has served ecumenical campus ministries in Wisconsin, New York, and Ohio, and Presbyterian churches in Decatur, IL; Wooster, OH; Cincinnati, OH, and Minneapolis and Chaska, MN.

Gordon's essays have been published by Minnesota Public Radio, MinnPost.com, Star Tribune, Presbyterian Outlook, Sojourners' "God's Politics: Blogging with Jim Wallace and Friends," and Views from the Edge (gordoncstewart.com), among others.

He and his wife, Kay, write from Chaska, Minnesota where their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Barclay, helps keep their feet on the ground.


Latest Content by The Rev. Gordon Stewart

The Rev. Gordon Stewart

Gordon Stewart: "You're Reading from MY Book!"

The Rev. Gordon Stewart (PCUSA)

 

Six trumpeter swan cygnets (babies) have joined their parents on the pond next to the cabin by the wetland. Their family is intact. It's as beautiful to behold as separating children is ugly. The swans are lucky. So am I.

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Gordon Stewart: He Was With the Wild Beasts

Genesis 9:8-17; Mark 1:9-15

1st Sunday in Lent - Year B

February 18, 2018

The Rev. Gordon Stewart (PCUSA)

In his autobiography Samuel Clemens, the beloved humorist known as Mark Twain, wrote words akin to the Gospel of Mark's briefest description of Jesus' forty days and nights in the wilderness:

With the going down of the sun my faith failed and the clammy fears gathered about my heart. Those were awful nights, nights of despair, nights charged with the bitterness of death. In my age as in my youth, night brings me many a deep remorse.

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Other Recent Content by The Rev. Gordon Stewart

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January 09, 2018

Gordon Stewart: Our Dwelling Place and the Wrath of God

The Rev. Gordon Stewart (PCUSA)

Six old friends have arrived from Indiana, Minnesota, and Illinois for New Year’s Eve in the Dempsey’s living room. A seventh unbidden visitor — pancreatic cancer managed by chemotherapy — makes us freshly aware of our mortality...
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October 14, 2017

Gordon Stewart: When the news goes away

The Rev. Gordon Stewart (PCUSA)

Days away from internet access brings a calmer reflection. Being in touch isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Out of touch with bad news brings relief to the body.
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Gordon Stewart: Two Universities: Paris and Liberty

The Rev. Gordon Stewart (PCUSA)

In this audio feature, the Rev. Gordon Stewart compares Thomas Aquinas' experience at Paris University with today's Liberty University.
The Rev. Gordon Stewart

Gordon Stewart: Tide Pools and the Ocean

The Rev. Gordon Stewart (PCUSA)

In this audio feature, the Rev. Gordon Stewart reflects on the tide pools he played in as a child, wondering if, like religion, the soul itself is like a tide pool.
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August 31, 2017

Gordon Stewart: All Us B*stards - On Will Campbell

The Rev. Gordon Stewart (PCUSA)

'Rev. Will D. Campbell, Maverick Minister in Civil Rights Era, Dies at 88' read the New York Times obituary. Will Campbell (1924-2013) was more than unusual. He was idiosyncratic.
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August 20, 2017

Gordon Stewart: “If you love him, why not . . . ?”

The Rev. Gordon Stewart (PCUSA)

Fourth in a series on “Jacob’s Ladder at Almost 75”
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August 19, 2017

Gordon Stewart: “My Jesus”

The Rev. Gordon Stewart (PCUSA)

Part 3 of “Jacob’s Ladder at Almost 75” “Sinner, do you love my Jesus?” The day I met Tony Lewis, “my Jesus” fell off the ladder.
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August 18, 2017

Gordon Stewart: “Every round goes higher, higher”

The Rev. Gordon Stewart (PCUSA)

Part 2 of “Jacob’s Ladder at Almost 75” As a child and youth, Jacob’s Ladder touched something deep within me. I couldn’t have described what it was or why at the time.
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August 17, 2017

Gordon Stewart: Jacob’s Ladder at almost 75

The Rev. Gordon Stewart (PCUSA)

Sometimes I can’t get it out of my head. I go to sleep with it. Wake up with it. Walk the dog with it. It’s been over a month now. “We are climbing Jacob’s ladder” begs for my attention.
The Rev. Gordon Stewart

Gordon Stewart: Only One Sin: Exceptionalism

The Rev. Gordon Stewart (PCUSA)

The Rev. Gordon Stewart offers an audio essay reflecting on the story of Dr. Kosuke Koyama and Hiroshima Day, August 6, the day the bomb was dropped.

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July 30, 2017

Gordon Stewart: Who Am I?

The Rev. Gordon Stewart (PCUSA)

Who we are – where we come from, who we’ve been, who we’re becoming, and where we’re going – 'consists almost entirely of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves.'
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July 16, 2017

Gordon Stewart: The Parents, the son, and the girlfriend

The Rev. Gordon Stewart (PCUSA)

She was homeless when he welcomed her into his parents' new townhouse. So far as the parents knew, she was 'sort of' their adult son's 'girlfriend' but they weren't exactly sure what their relationship was. It was strange. It didn't seem romantic. She seemed different.
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Gordon Stewart: Stillness at Blue Spring

The Rev. Gordon Stewart (PCUSA)

The Rev. Gordon Stewart reflects on manatees, Blue Springs State Park in Florida.

The Rev. Gordon Stewart

Gordon Stewart: Memorial Day and the Soldier's Helmet

The Rev. Gordon Stewart (PCUSA)

'Memorial Day and the Soldier’s Helmet' is one of the chapters from 'Be Still! Departure from Collective Madness,' by Gordon Stewart, p.10-12.
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May 20, 2017

Gordon Stewart: The Seagull and a double rainbow

The Rev. Gordon Stewart (PCUSA)

A double rainbow appeared last evening over the tidal river beyond the house where five seminary classmates and our spouses are staying this week on the coast of Maine.
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April 28, 2017

Gordon C. Stewart: “HOMELAND MILITARIZATION” From Be Still! Departure from Collective Madness

The Rev. Gordon Stewart (PCUSA)

The helicopters that had been sent to Iraq and Afghanistan to protect us here at home were flying around downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. The Blackhawk helicopters were on 'urban training exercises,' rattling the windows of residents’ condos, homes, and apartments right here at home in Minnesota. Why were they here?