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Carl McColman

Carl McColman: How to Cultivate Your “Contemplative Ecosystem”

Carl McColman (other)


Recently I had a wonderful conversation with Kevin Johnson, who contributes to the Inner Room blog here at Patheos. Kevin shares my deep conviction that contemplative practice forms an essential aspect of mature Christian discipleship.

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The Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt

Frederick Schmidt: 3 Reasons We Find It Difficult to Lament

The Rev. Dr. Frederick Schmidt (TEC)


Prayers of lament wedge their way into the American psyche from time to time, much of it in the form of music. One thinks of Mahaila Jackson's rendition of "Precious Lord, Take My Hand," Lauryn Hill's version of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song," and Eric Clapton's "Holy Mary:"

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Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

March 24, 2017

Bishop Ken Carter: Subtraction: Lent and the art of learning to say no

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

A sermon taken from Matthew 4. 1-11 and preached at Duke University Chapel on March 5, 2017, and Bethune-Cookman University Chapel on March 8, 2017, by Bishop Ken Carter.
The Rev. Wayne Meisel Article

March 23, 2017

Wayne Meisel: Giving on the Streets: Wine, The Pope, and Doing What is ‘Always Right’

The Rev. Wayne Meisel (PCUSA)

Whenever I hear someone cite scripture to make or prove a point I don't agree with, I think of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, when Antonia states, 'The Devil can cite scripture for his purpose.' Article

March 22, 2017

David Crumm: Greg Garrett on Crossing Myself: A spiritual pilgrimage through chronic depression

Depression affects millions of men and women each year. While it is a psychiatric disorder that needs treatment, as Greg Garrett points out in Crossing Myself, depression also can be intertwined with spiritual crisis. In addition to therapy and medication, recovery can often draw on religious disciplines—and the embrace of religious communities—in restoring one’s balance.
ON Scripture: The Bible™ Article

March 20, 2017

ON Scripture: ulnerability: The Gift Not Fully Valued (John 9:1-41) By Amy Julia Becker

ON Scripture: The Bible

The history of people with disabilities in the United States follows a similar course. People with both physical and intellectual disabilities have been denied access to health care and education and even spiritual care for centuries. They have experienced physical suffering and social isolation. The general population has suffered the loss of their presence among us, even if we have failed to notice their absence.
The Rev. Talitha Arnold Article

March 19, 2017

Talitha Arnold: Whom Shall We Fear?

The Rev. Talitha Arnold (UCC)

Psalm 27 starts out full of confidence. Sure of God's presence, light, and salvation, the Psalmist proclaims 'the Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?' If ancient Hebrew had punctuation marks, he probably would have ended with an exclamation point, not a question mark!
Carl McColman Article

March 18, 2017

Carl McColman: Five Ideas that Shape Contemplative Prayer

Carl McColman (other)

I’ve been pondering: what are the ideas that form the foundation of contemplative spirituality? Or, perhaps I should more humbly say, what are the ideas that shape my understanding of contemplation, the understandings that undergird this blog?
The Rev. Dr. Jim Somerville Article

March 17, 2017

Jim Somerville: Are we supposed to be afraid of God?

The Rev. Dr. James Somerville (CBF)

Sometimes, someone will ask about that biblical expression, 'the fear of the Lord.' 're we supposed to be afraid of God?' they ask. No. That’s not what the word fear means, not in that context. It means something more like 'awe,' or 'reverence,' or 'profound respect.' But you can see where the word came from, can’t you? Article

March 16, 2017

David Crumm: Dave Schmelzer on the revolutionary new Blue Ocean Faith

Five hundred years ago, Reformer Martin Luther nailed a manifesto for religious freedom on a church door in Germany and touched off a worldwide revolution in faith. In 2017, as we have reported, Germany is drawing pilgrims from around the world who are celebrating that anniversary. This is a timely moment for a new network of American men and women to follow Luther’s example—by publishing a manifesto calling for an end to barriers in religious life. That’s the hope of Dave Schmelzer and leaders in growing congregations from New England to southern California.