The Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel
"And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?" - Matthew 5:47 NIV
These days, one out of three people under the age of 30 checks off "None" as their religious preference. In writing my last book, I came to understand that the people who check off "None" do so for a number of reasons. They are not one group. For simplicity's sake, I think there are at least four types of Nones today: the No Longers, No Ways, Never Haves and Not Yets.
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"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God." - Ephesians 2: 1 - 10
Someone accused me of preaching "cheap grace." He suggested that I somehow made God's grace seem so accessible, so without requirement, that I cheapened God's grace.
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April 26, 2017
The Rev. Dr. Brett Younger
Try to imagine the church business meetings that made this happen. During the early 1800s, the network of churches and individuals helping those escaping slavery was known as the Underground Railroad. My congregation, Plymouth Church, Brooklyn, was 'the Grand Central Depot of the Underground Railroad.'
April 24, 2017
ON Scripture: The Bible
In our Scripture passage, Peter encourages us to live our time here as sojourners with reverent fear, remembering the sacrifice that was made for us. What does it mean to be a sojourner? It means that you are temporarily traveling through a place and as people of faith we must remember that we are temporary residents of our respective countries because we are permanent residents of the Kingdom of God.
April 23, 2017
Nearly all Christian mystics maintain that an essential characteristic of Christian mysticism is participation in the Body of Christ, which is to say, in the Christian community of faith. In other words, to be a Christian mystic, it is as important to be a follower of Christ as it is to be a mystic. And to be a follower of Christ means to express spirituality in a communal way.
April 22, 2017
Bishop Elizabeth Eaton
Not long ago a young reporter contacted me wanting to talk about death. She had suddenly come to the realization that she would one day die. She wanted to know what happens to us when we die, was there life after death and what did Scripture say about heaven? These are meta-questions.