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The Rev. Anthony Robinson Article

May 03, 2017

Tony Robinson: But First It Will Make You Mad

The Rev. Anthony Robinson (UCC)

'The Truth Shall Make You Free.' These words from the Gospel of John show up in lots of places. On the pediments of college buildings, on university seals, and above library entrances....
ON Scripture: The Bible™ Article

May 01, 2017

ON Scripture: A Radical Ethic of Love (Acts 2:42-47) By Shane Claiborne

ON Scripture: The Bible

One of the first things that happened as the Church was born that first Pentecost 2000 years ago… is that they started sharing everything they had. They worshipped in their homes. The Gospel was lived out of dinner tables and living rooms. And just as amazing as speaking in tongues, was this: THEY SHARED.
The Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel Article

April 30, 2017

Lillian Daniel: The 4 Types of Nones

The Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel (UCC)

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.
The Rev. Ron Buford Article

April 29, 2017

Ron Buford: Give Up Trying to Save Yourself

Ron Buford (UCC)

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. I thought for a moment and said, 'Thank you. God's grace is so cheap, it's free!'
The Rev. Gordon Stewart Article

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?
The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel Article

April 27, 2017

Kenneth L. Samuel: Facing Injustice

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

Even as John reveals to us the Christ who is utterly victorious over death, hell and the grave, John will not allow us to deny the truth of Jesus' death nor to escape our responsibility for Jesus' suffering.
The Rev. Dr. Brett Younger Article

April 26, 2017

Brett Younger: Underground Church Business Meetings–and God Shows Up

The Rev. Dr. Brett Younger (CBF)

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.'
ON Scripture: The Bible™ Article

April 24, 2017

ON Scripture: Living as Sojourners in a Strange Land (1 Peter 1:17-23) By Onleilove Alston

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.
Carl McColman Article

April 23, 2017

Carl McColman: Is it possible to be a “Do It Yourself” Christian Mystic?

Carl McColman (other)

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.
Bishop Elizabeth Eaton Article

April 22, 2017

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton: Falling and Not Afraid

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton (ELCA)

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.