Day1 Articles Archive

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Hands for the Harvest (Luke 10:1-3)

The Rev. Frederick Buechner
Organization: Frederick Buechner Center
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday, we will celebrate the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost. Here is this week’s reading from the gospel of Luke...

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Margaret Marcuson: Do the Opposite

The Rev. Margaret Marcuson
Organization: n/a
Denomination: American Baptist Churches USA

Family therapist Elaine Boomer has a challenging suggestion for her clients. When you understand the way you typically relate to others, your own “emotional process,” Elaine says, “Try doing the opposite.”

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David Crumm: Brian McLaren asks ‘Do I Stay Christian?’

David Crumm
Organization: n/a
Denomination: n/a

ReadTheSpirit.com
Organization: n/a
Denomination: n/a

Brian McLaren’s new book, "Do I Stay Christian?" instantly has become one of my own first-choice recommendations to men and women who tell me they feel abandoned by—or disgusted with—their once-trusted religious brand of Christianity.

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Walter Brueggemann: Profiles in Cowardice

The Rev. Dr. Walter Brueggemann
Organization: Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA
Denomination: United Church of Christ

Most of us are aware of the book by John F. Kennedy, Profiles in Courage. Now, I suggest, we are in need of a counter-collection of “profiles in cowardice,” an account of individual persons who have refused to take risks or to act boldly for the sake of the common good.

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Drew Rick-Miller: On Debates, Differences, and Dismissals

Drew Rick-Miller
Organization: Science for the Church
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

Science for the Church
Organization: Science for the Church
Denomination: n/a

My first seminary course with Wentzel van Huyssteen introduced me to Paul Davies through his classic 1993 book, The Mind of God. So I was thrilled a few years later when Davies was in town to debate British chemist Peter Atkins....

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Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: The Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:18-23)

The Rev. Frederick Buechner
Organization: Frederick Buechner Center
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost. Here is this week’s reading from Galatians...

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Valerie Bridgeman: Juneteenth 2022: Once You See

Church Anew
Organization: Church Anew - A Ministry of St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Eden Prairie, MN
Denomination: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

As we celebrate Juneteenth, we share this post again from Rev. Dr. Valerie Bridgeman in the hopes it will inspire and challenge you and your communities.

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Mitch Carnell: We Can Change the Meanness

Day1
Organization: Alliance for Christian Media
Denomination: n/a

How did we become so divided as a people? Where did we learn to hate those with whom we disagree?

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Eric Barreto: Acts 1:1-11 in Uvalde

The Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto
Organization: Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ
Denomination: Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Church Anew
Organization: Church Anew - A Ministry of St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Eden Prairie, MN
Denomination: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

I wonder how the disciples felt when their hopes were dashed...

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Maureen Wise: One Church’s Goal to Go Carbon Neutral

Science for the Church
Organization: Science for the Church
Denomination: n/a

Around Earth Day, I discussed some ways that individual churches can make switches to lessen their impact on the Earth. Mount Auburn Presbyterian Church (MAPC) in Cincinnati, Ohio is one of many churches in the Presbyterian denomination that takes part in the denomination’s Earth Care Program.

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James Ellis III: Interview about his new book, "An Inward-Outward Witness"

The Rev. James Ellis III
Organization: n/a
Denomination: Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

These past few pandemic years have been full of disappointment and despair for all of us, which is all the more reason we feel blessed that James Ellis’s next book has been released: "An Inward-Outward Witness: Suffering's Role in Forming Faithful Preachers."

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Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Female (Galatians 3:23-29)

The Rev. Frederick Buechner
Organization: Frederick Buechner Center
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost. Here is this week’s reading from Galatians...

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Angela Denker: A Little Life After a School Shooting, A Mother's Prayer

Church Anew
Organization: Church Anew - A Ministry of St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Eden Prairie, MN
Denomination: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

We share this piece in the hope that it will spark dialogue and reflection as our nation continues to wrestle with the epidemic of gun violence.

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Walter Brueggemann: Converting Statistics

The Rev. Dr. Walter Brueggemann
Organization: Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA
Denomination: United Church of Christ

Church Anew
Organization: Church Anew - A Ministry of St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Eden Prairie, MN
Denomination: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Some thoughts on Timothy Snyder's remarkable book, "On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century," published in 2017. This study succinctly summarizes a life-time of work and research by Snyder on the authoritarian “strong men” who have brutally dominated Western international politics.

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Raj Nadella: It Takes a Village, or Perhaps a Nation, to End this Epidemic of Gun Violence

Church Anew
Organization: Church Anew - A Ministry of St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Eden Prairie, MN
Denomination: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Yet another mass shooting in a long list of massacres that have marked an epidemic of gun violence in the U.S. Can anything be done to end this cycle of violence, and who has the power to do it? As with many other issues, Americans have been responding to these questions in vastly different ways.

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Science for the Church: Summer 2022 Reading and More

Science for the Church
Organization: Science for the Church
Denomination: n/a

We recommend a lot of resources throughout the year, and the summer may be a great opportunity for you to catch up a on a few. As we’ve done in past years, here are our 2022 recommendations for books and other resources that we hope you’ll have extra bandwidth to dive into this summer.

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Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: To Wait In Hope

The Rev. Frederick Buechner
Organization: Frederick Buechner Center
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate Trinity Sunday. Here is this week's reading from the book of Romans...

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Andrea Roske-Metcalfe: The Children Will Not Be Silent

Church Anew
Organization: Church Anew - A Ministry of St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Eden Prairie, MN
Denomination: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

A reflection on baptismal promises amidst the noise of children splashing the waters of the font...

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Walter Brueggemann: Cities of Refuge?

The Rev. Dr. Walter Brueggemann
Organization: Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA
Denomination: United Church of Christ

Church Anew
Organization: Church Anew - A Ministry of St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Eden Prairie, MN
Denomination: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

In the Hebrew scriptures, provision is made for “cities of refuge” that protect the innocent who are vulnerable. What should we do about that?

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Margaret Marcuson: There are no unpickable locks

The Rev. Margaret Marcuson
Organization: n/a
Denomination: American Baptist Churches USA

What’s your most insoluble problem? Innumerable problems arise in church life. You had a long list before the pandemic and it’s longer now.

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