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March 19, 2018

David Crumm: John Dominic Crossan on ‘Resurrecting Easter’ and re-envisioning our relationship to Jesus

ReadTheSpirit.com

How do you envision the Resurrection? It’s a timely question as 2 billion Christians around the world soon will mark the most important global holiday in this 2,000-year-old religion: Easter. (April 1 for Western Christians and April 8 for Eastern Christians in 2018.)
Bishop L. Bevel Jones Article

March 08, 2018

Bishop L. Bevel Jones, 1926-2018

Bishop L. Bevel Jones (UMC)

An iconic leader of the church and of this organization passed away on March 6. Bishop L. Bevel Jones III was a longtime trustee of the Protestant Hour and the Alliance for Christian Media boards, and was a major figure in the United Methodist Church as well as in the Atlanta community, as well as in Western North Carolina where he served as Bishop.
ReadTheSpirit.com Article

March 05, 2018

David Crumm: Bart Ehrman on the surprisingly un-controversial Triumph of Christianity

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The publication of Bart’s latest book, 'Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World,' certainly is notable because it is unlikely to spark controversy. In fact, from the perspective of many traditional churchgoers who have shunned Ehrman—this new book is likely to be very popular for some its basic conclusions...
The Rev. Talitha Arnold Article

March 03, 2018

Talitha Arnold: Go Back or Go Deep

The Rev. Talitha Arnold (UCC)

Two choices: Go back to Egypt or go deeper with God, i.e., deeper into the wilderness.
Day1 Article

March 01, 2018

Lon Allison: Billy Graham and Racial Justice--An Excerpt from "Billy Graham: An Ordinary Man and His Extraordinary God"

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In this excerpt from his new book on Billy Graham, Lon Allison asks, "Did Billy Graham only preach the gospel of the new birth? Or did he and his organization also seek justice and the alleviation of need in our world?"
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February 26, 2018

David Crumm: Remembering Billy Graham’s Crusade against Racism

ReadTheSpirit.com

As a journalist, specializing in religion and diversity for more than 40 years, I’ve reported my share of stories about the Graham family. Since his death at age 99 on February 21, I have mourned Billy’s passing. As I read the coverage of his life by my colleagues nationwide, I was struck by one thought: Billy’s legacy would look a brighter if his son Franklin Graham hadn’t doubled-down on the family’s earliest bigotry.
The Rev. Susan Sparks Article

February 22, 2018

Susan Sparks: World Peace Through Pulled Pork

The Rev. Susan Sparks (ABCUSA)

I hail from a state that offers a no-fail plan for world peace. It’s not from politicians or pundits, peaceniks or pedagogues. No, my friends, the secret lies in how the people of North Carolina have learned to live with a difference of opinion so deeply ingrained that’s it almost genetically encoded. The bone of contention? Barbecue sauce.
ReadTheSpirit.com Article

February 19, 2018

David Crumm: Episcopal Bishop Frank Griswold on ‘Tracking Down the Holy Ghost’

ReadTheSpirit.com

Why do we need this wisdom from former Episcopal Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold right now? Because, at the heart of this little book is an invitation from a survivor of conflict to walk along with him through various dramatic encounters and discover, in the end, that Spirit can guide us not only to our own individual solace—but toward re-establishing ties in a deeply divided community.
Day1 Article

February 13, 2018

John Dominic Crossan and Sarah Sexton Crossan: In the Troodos Mountains of Cyprus

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In April of 2012, we are in the Troodos Mountains of Cyprus to visit a series of frescoed churches from the 12th to 16th centuries—for, of course, their Anastasis images. There is also one separate icon that is very special for us because it was the image that first drew us to Cyprus.
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February 12, 2018

David Crumm: Peter Wallace on Getting to Know Jesus Again in Lent

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The global trend may be toward secularization in many regions, but certain populations are drawn toward some of the spiritual disciplines, Peter argues. 'Some of the mysterious, powerful, spiritual practices that the churches observed for centuries are being rediscovered particularly by young adults who are seeking a depth to their lives that they are not experiencing in today’s culture.'