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ON Scripture: The Bible™ Article

June 26, 2017

ON Scripture: Risky Business: Jesus’ Perilous Welcome (Matthew 10:40-42) By Marcia Mount Shoop

ON Scripture: The Bible

The writer of Matthew’s gospel knew how to adapt old wisdom to new situations. Jesus translates a prophetic and practical word for all disciples across situations, even across centuries and cultures. His is a message is for everyone: the 'righteous' (for Matthew probably highly esteemed Jesus followers), and even the “little ones” (for Matthew probably your everyday run-of-the-mill Christians who didn’t hold a church office).
The Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston Article

June 25, 2017

Scott Black Johnston: Summer Reading 2017

The Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston (PCUSA)

Summer is upon us. With the promise of hot days, plastic tumblers of iced tea and (I hope) a slower pace comes one of the great pleasures in life: summer reading. This year, the stack I am taking with me on study leave includes serious, prepare-for-the-fall-sermon-series books, but also some fun stuff.
The Rev. Carol Howard Merritt Article

June 24, 2017

Carol Howard Merritt: A call to death

The Rev. Carol Howard Merritt (PCUSA)

One gift of being a pastor is that death stands right in front of us. We understand that our days are numbered.
The Rev. Wayne Meisel Article

June 23, 2017

Wayne Meisel: Where Leadership Thrives: Summer Camp and the Hope for the World

The Rev. Wayne Meisel (PCUSA)

As the world tilts towards chaos and we stare down global uncertainty, it is not the mighty armies that make that make me feel safe. Nor does the knowledge coming out of universities bring me peace. Instead, I take solace in the fact that at this very moment, summer camps are preparing to open for business.
Bishop Elizabeth Eaton Article

June 22, 2017

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton: Serving the Neighborhood in Charged Times

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton (ELCA)

These are politically charged times. This very sentence in the presiding bishop’s column is likely to raise eyebrows. Across this church I’ve heard stories of parishioners disturbed by the Gospel read on Sundays, believing the pastor chose the passage as a critique of the current administration. The Beatitudes seemed to provoke the most attention. In a way this is good—maybe we are all hearing Jesus’ words with fresh ears.
Carl McColman Article

June 21, 2017

Carl McColman: Beyond the Green Beer: Getting to Know Saint Patrick

Carl McColman (other)

Patrick of Ireland may be a well-known saint, but that is thanks to the day that bears his name — March 17 — which for most people is more about green beer than anything else.
ON Scripture: The Bible™ Article

June 19, 2017

ON Scripture: Christ and the Paris Climate Accord (Romans 6:1-11) By Rev. Dr. R. Scott Colglazier

ON Scripture: The Bible

Every now and then a Bible passage lends itself to radically diverse, if not contradictory, interpretations. I feel that way about our lection of Romans 6:1b-11. I am drawn to this passage because it appeals to my need for inner mystical experience. Paul imagines an inner relationship with Christ, that we are united with him in our baptism, and in fact we are so aligned with Christ that we share in the rhythm of his dying and rising. This means there is nothing outside the realm of the presence of Christ.
The Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt Article

June 17, 2017

Frederick Schmidt: 5 Patterns that Erode the Ability of Leaders to Lead

The Rev. Dr. Frederick Schmidt (TEC)

It is not surprising that patterns in leadership emerge on the congregational level that are corrosive – corrosive to the ministries of pastors themselves and corrosive to the parishes that they are called to lead.
The Rev. Carol Howard Merritt Article

June 16, 2017

Carol Howard Merritt: An enduring narrative

The Rev. Carol Howard Merritt (PCUSA)

We are called into liberation—a freedom that sees not our value as consumers but the dignity inherent in our humanity.
The Rev. Martin Copenhaver Article

June 15, 2017

Martin Copenhaver: Still Not Dead Again Today

The Rev. Martin Copenhaver (UCC)

In Willie Nelson's new album there is a song reflecting on his experience of reading on the internet that he had died the day before. He sounds downright chipper as he sings: "I woke up still not dead again today."