The Rev. Dr. Eric Elnes

Denomination: United Church of Christ (UCC)

The Rev. Dr. Elnes is the pastor of Countryside Community Church UCC in Omaha, NE, host and producer of Darkwood Brew, a groundbreaking interactive web television program, and Executive Director of OnFaithOnline.tv. He explores progressive/emerging Christian values. 

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Darkwood Brew: Faith of Jesus in a Pluralistic World 1: The Way, the Truth and the Life

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In this Darkwood Brew episode, Eric Elnes and Allen Hilton discuss the Faith of Jesus in a Pluralistic World. Part 1: The Way, the Truth and the Life. Watch it!

Darkwood Brew: Faith of Jesus in a Pluralistic World 2: The Most High God

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In this Darkwood Brew episode, Eric Elnes and Leong Seow discuss the Faith of Jesus in a Pluralistic World 2: The Most High God.

Darkwood Brew: Faith of Jesus in a Pluralistic World 3: The Lord Alone?

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In this Darkwood Brew program, the Rev. Dr. Eric Elnes and Dr. Fatemeh Keshavarz discuss the Faith of Jesus in a Pluralistic World 3: The Lord Alone?

Darkwood Brew: Faith of Jesus in a Pluralistic World 4: Other Sheep

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In this Darkwood Brew program, the Rev. Dr. Eric Elnes and Dr. Diana Eck discuss the Faith of Jesus in a Pluralistic World 4: Other Sheep.

Darkwood Brew: Faith of Jesus in a Pluralistic World 5: Areopagus to Aerospace with Brian McLaren

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In this Darkwood Brew episode, Eric Elnes and Brian McLaren discuss the Faith of Jesus in a Pluralistic World 5: Areopagus to Aerospace.

Darkwood Brew: Faith of Jesus in a Pluralistic World 6: In All Things

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In this Darkwood Brew program, Dr. Eric Elnes and Dr. Samir Semanlovic discuss the Faith of Jesus in a Pluralistic World 6: In All Things.

Darkwood Brew: Curious Companions of Jesus, Week 1: The Unnamed Hooker Who Showed Jesus Great Love

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In this week's Darkwood Brew, watch Part 1 of Hookers, Looters, and Cheats: The Curious Companions of Jesus--“The Unnamed Hooker Who Showed Jesus ”˜Great Love’”, with Eric Elnes, Jana Reiss, and more.

Darkwood Brew: Curious Companions of Jesus, Week 2: The (Alleged) Hooker Disciple

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In this week's Darkwood Brew, watch part 2 of Hookers, Looters, and Cheats: The Curious Companions of Jesus -- “The (Alleged) Hooker Disciple”, with Eric Elnes, Dr. Emilie Townes, and more.

Darkwood Brew: Curious Companions of Jesus, Week 3: The Looter Disciple

Wednesday August 15, 2012
This week's Darkwood Brew episode: Hookers, Looters, and Cheats: The Curious Companions of Jesus, Part 3: “The Looter Disciple”. With Eric Elnes and guest: Chris Heuertz.

Darkwood Brew: Curious Companions of Jesus, Week 4: The Looter Who Became Jesus' New BFF

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In this week's Darkwood Brew episode, Park 4 of Hookers, Looters, and Cheats: The Curious Companions of Jesus -- “The Looter Who Became Jesus’ New BFF”. Join Eric Elnes, Rev. Fred Plumer, and more.

Darkwood Brew: Curious Companions of Jesus, Week 5: The Lying Cheat at the Well

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In this week's Darkwood Brew episode, Part 5 of Hookers, Looters, and Cheats: The Curious Companions of Jesus -- “The Lying Cheat at the Well”. Join Eric Elnes and the Rev. Bruce Van Blair and more.

Darkwood Brew: Curious Companions of Jesus, Week 6: Pharisees and Scribes

Wednesday August 15, 2012
This week's Darkwood Brew episode: Hookers, Looters, and Cheats: The Curious Companions of Jesus -- “Pharisees and Scribes”. Eric Elnes, Steve Knight, and more.

Darkwood Brew: Failing, Falling and Flying: Genesis Stories of Original Grace – Week 1: “Imago Dei – Rethinking Our Creation”

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In this week's Darkwood Brew episode, Eric Elnes, Kevin Miller and others discuss Failing, Falling and Flying: Genesis Stories of Original Grace – Week 1: “Imago Dei – Rethinking Our Creation”

Darkwood Brew: Failing, Falling and Flying: Genesis Stories of Original Grace – Week 2: “That Darned Snake: Fall #1”

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In this week's Darkwood Brew, Eric Elnes and Nadia Bolz-Weber discuss Failing, Falling and Flying: Genesis Stories of Original Grace – Week 2: That Darned Snake : Fall #1

Darkwood Brew: Failing, Falling and Flying: Genesis Stories of Original Grace – Week 3: “That Darned Brother : Fall #2”

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In this week's Darkwood Brew, Eric Elnes and Reinhilde Ruprecht discuss Failing, Falling and Flying: Genesis Stories of Original Grace – Week 3: That Darned Brother : Fall #2

Darkwood Brew: Failing, Falling and Flying: Genesis Stories of Original Grace – Week 4: “That Darned Flood: Fall #3”

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In this week's Darkwood Brew: Eric Elnes and Terrence Fretheim discuss Failing, Falling and Flying: Genesis Stories of Original Grace – Week 4: “That Darned Flood: Fall #3”

Darkwood Brew: Failing, Falling and Flying: Genesis Stories of Original Grace – Week 5: “That Darned Tower: Fall #4”

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In this week's Darkwood Brew: Eric Elnes and Chip Bouzard discuss Failing, Falling and Flying: Genesis Stories of Original Grace – Week 5: “That Darned Tower: Fall #4”

Darkwood Brew: Failing, Falling and Flying: Genesis Stories of Original Grace – Week 6: “Jesus, the New Adam – Rethinking Salvation”

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In this week's Darkwood Brew: Eric Elnes and Beth Johnson discuss Failing, Falling and Flying: Genesis Stories of Original Grace – Week 6: “Jesus, the New Adam – Rethinking Salvation”

Darkwood Brew: Hope: A Pessimist's Guide--An Introduction

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In this preview of a special Darkwood Brew series, presented here over the next 8 days, the Rev. Dr. Eric Elnes and guests Kit Evans and Scott Russell Sanders introduce the topic of HOPE.

Darkwood Brew: Hope: A Pessimist's Guide, Part 1: What Is Hope?

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In Part 1 of this special series, the Rev. Eric Elnes and special guests discuss the question, "What Is Hope?"

Darkwood Brew: Hope: A Pessimist's Guide, Part 2

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In Part 2 of this special 8 part Darkwood Brew series, "Hope: A Pessimist's Guide," Eric Elnes interviews Scott Russell Sanders and Patrick Swanson.

Darkwood Brew: Hope: A Pessimist's Guide, Part 3

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In Part 3 of this special Darkwood Brew series, "Hope: A Pessimist's Guide," Eric Elnes interviews Katharine Harts.

Darkwood Brew: Hope: A Pessimist's Guide, Part 4: Fidelity

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In Part 4 of this special Darkwood Brew series on Hope: A Pessimist's Guide, Eric Elnes discusses fidelity and hope with Scott Russell Sanders and Phyllis Tickle.

Darkwood Brew: Hope: A Pessimist's Guide, Part 5: Justice

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In Part 5 of this special Darkwood Brew series, "Hope: A Pessimist's Guide," Eric Elnes talks with Michael Piazza about justice and hope.

Darkwood Brew: Hope: A Pessimist's Guide, Part 6: Simplicity

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In part 6 of this special Darkwood Brew series on "Hope: A Pessimist's Guide," Eric Elnes and Carrie Newcomer talk about simplicity and hope.

Darkwood Brew: Hope: A Pessimist's Guide, Part 7: Beauty

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In Part 7 of this special Darkwood Brew series, "Hope: A Pessimist's Guide," Eric Elnes and Melvin Bray discuss hope and beauty.

Darkwood Brew: Hope: A Pessimist's Guide, Part 8: Spirit

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In the final segment of this special new year's series from Darkwood Brew, "Hope: A Pessimist's Guide," Eric Elnes and Bob Ravenscroft talk about spirit and hope.

Darkwood Brew: Listen: Hearing That Still Small Voice and Finding Your Own, Part 1

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In part 1 of this new Darkwood Brew video series, "Listen" Hearing That Still Small Voice and Finding Your Own," Eric Elnes talks with Bishop Yvette Flunder about "Finding Your Cave."

Darkwood Brew: Listen: Hearing That Still Small Voice and Finding Your Own, Part 2

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In Part 2 of the Darkwood Brew Series, "Listen: Hearing That Still Small Voice and Finding Your Own," Eric Elnes and Jack Levison's topic is "Breathe!"

Darkwood Brew: Listen: Hearing That Still Small Voice and Finding Your Own, Part 3

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In Part 3 of the Darkwood Brew series, "Listen: Hearing That Still Small Voice and Finding Your Own," Eric Elnes and Carl McColman's topic is "Meet the Committee."

Darkwood Brew: Listen: Hearing That Still Small Voice and Finding Your Own, Part 4

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In Part 4 of the Darkwood Brew series, "Listen: Hearing That Still Small Voice and Finding Your Own," Eric Elnes and Bruce Epperly discuss prayer and healing.

Darkwood Brew: Listen: Hearing That Still Small Voice and Finding Your Own, Part 5

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In Part 5 of this Darkwood Brew series, "Listen: Hearing That Still Small Voice and Finding Your Own," Eric Elnes and Phileena Heuertz discuss contemplation and centering prayer.

Darkwood Brew: Listen: Hearing That Still Small Voice and Finding Your Own, Part 6

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In Part 6 of this Darkwood Brew series, "Listen: Hearing That Still Small Voice and Finding Your Own," Eric Elnes talks with Doug Pagitt on the topic, "Do You Want to Be Made Well?"

Darkwood Brew: Listen: Hearing That Still Small Voice and Finding Your Own, Part 7

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In the final part of this Darkwood Brew video series, "Listen: Hearing That Still Small Voice and Finding Your Own," Eric Elnes talks with Chuck Marohnic about "God and Music."

Darkwood Brew: Evolving Universe, Evolving Faith, Part 1: Awe, Wonder, and God

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In this new series from Darkwood Brew on Evolving Universe, Evolving Faith, host Eric Elnes probes faith and science, doubt and belief. Quantum theory, current theories of creation and evolution, and much more are examined through the lens of faith. In part 1, Eric interviews Grace Wolf-Chase & Bruce Booher on Awe, Wonder, and God.

Darkwood Brew: Evolving Universe, Evolving Faith, Part 2: The Possibility of Life on Other Planets

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In this series from Darkwood Brew on Evolving Universe, Evolving Faith, host Eric Elnes probes faith and science, doubt and belief. Quantum theory, current theories of creation and evolution, and much more are examined through the lens of faith. In part 2, Eric and Grace Wolf-Chase discuss the possibility of life on other planets--and the ramifications for faith.

Darkwood Brew: Evolving Universe, Evolving Faith, Part 3: Michael Dowd and the New Theists

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In this series from Darkwood Brew on Evolving Universe, Evolving Faith, host Eric Elnes probes faith and science, doubt and belief. Quantum theory, current theories of creation and evolution, and much more are examined through the lens of faith. In part 3 Eric interviews Michael Dowd on the New Theists.

Darkwood Brew: Evolving Universe, Evolving Faith, Part 4: What's Love and Human Suffering Got to Do With It?

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In this series from Darkwood Brew on Evolving Universe, Evolving Faith, host Eric Elnes probes faith and science, doubt and belief. Quantum theory, current theories of creation and evolution, and much more are examined through the lens of faith. In part 4, Eric interviews Lea Schweitz, What's Love and Human Suffering Got to Do With It?

Darkwood Brew: Evolving Universe, Evolving Faith, Part 5: Is There Evidence for God?

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In this latest Darkwood Brew episode, Evolving Universe, Evolving Faith, Part 5, Eric Elnes and Owen Gingerich discuss the question, Is There Evidence for God?

Darkwood Brew: Evolving Universe, Evolving Faith, Part 6: Evolution and Curing Disease

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In this Latest Darkwood Brew episode, Eric Elnes and Gayle Woloschak discuss faith, evolution, and healing. It's Part 6 in the series, "Evolving Universe, Evolving Faith."

Darkwood Brew: Evolving Universe, Evolving Faith, Part 7: Our Evolving Faith

Wednesday August 15, 2012
As the series concludes, we offer an interactive wrap up featuring Darkwood Brew’s bloggers: Eric Elnes, Ian Lynch, Cynthia Astle, and Leslie Murrell on issues concerning our evolving faith.

Darkwood Brew: On Earth As It Is In Heaven, Day 1: The Genesis of Environmentalism

Wednesday August 15, 2012
Are we blessing the Earth or destroying it? Modern science and ancient Celtic Christianity both suggest a better way of being – exercising an ethic of stewardship, not dominion. Join us for part 1 of “On Earth As it Is In Heaven,” a provocative seven-week Darkwood Brew series, produced in conjunction with the United Church of Christ’s Mission 4/1 Earth.

Darkwood Brew: On Earth As It Is In Heaven, Day 3: Fecundity

Wednesday August 15, 2012
Are we blessing the Earth or destroying it? Modern science and ancient Celtic Christianity both suggest a better way of being - exercising an ethic of stewardship, not dominion. Join us for part 3 of "On Earth As it Is In Heaven," a provocative seven-week Darkwood Brew series, produced in conjunction with the United Church of Christ's Mission 4/1 Earth. With guests: Kit Evans and Sonsiris Tamayo-Dewitt  

Darkwood Brew: On Earth As It Is In Heaven, Day 6: Image of God

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In part 6 of this series, Darkwood Brew welcomes John Philip Newell, a poet, peacemaker, minister and scholar, acclaimed for his work in the field of Celtic Spirituality. Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, Newell’s work relates to the sacredness of the earth and the oneness of the human soul.

Darkwood Brew: On Earth As It Is In Heaven, Day 7: The Rest of God

Wednesday August 15, 2012
Are we blessing the Earth or destroying it? Modern science and ancient Celtic Christianity both suggest a better way of being - exercising an ethic of stewardship, not dominion. Join us for part 7 of "On Earth As it Is In Heaven," a provocative seven-week Darkwood Brew series, produced in conjunction with the United Church of Christ's Mission 4/1 Earth.

Darkwood Brew: Prophetically Incorrect, Part 1: Selling the Righteous

Wednesday August 15, 2012
What does an Eighth-Century Jewish shepherd have to say about the economic bubble, predatory lenders and politics as usual? Join series host Rev. Eric Elnes, Ph.D. and Frank Schaeffer for part 1 of “Prophetically Incorrect: Amos and the Art of Uncomfortable Truth.”

Darkwood Brew: Prophetically Incorrect, Part 2: You Only Have I Known

Wednesday August 15, 2012
What does an Eighth-Century Jewish shepherd have to say about the economic bubble, predatory lenders and politics as usual? Join series host Rev. Eric Elnes, Ph.D. and Frank Schaeffer for part 2 of "Prophetically Incorrect: Amos and the Art of Uncomfortable Truth."

Darkwood Brew: Prophetically Incorrect, Part 3: Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

Wednesday August 15, 2012
What does an Eighth-Century Jewish shepherd have to say about the economic bubble, predatory lenders and politics as usual? Join series host Rev. Eric Elnes, Ph.D. and Frank Schaeffer for part 3 of "Prophetically Incorrect: Amos and the Art of Uncomfortable Truth."

Darkwood Brew: Prophetically Incorrect, Part 4: Whose Kingdom Is It, Anyway?

Wednesday August 15, 2012
What does an Eighth-Century Jewish shepherd have to say about the economic bubble, predatory lenders and politics as usual? Join series host Rev. Eric Elnes, Ph.D. and Frank Schaeffer for part 4 of "Prophetically Incorrect: Amos and the Art of Uncomfortable Truth."

Darkwood Brew: Prophetically Incorrect, Part 5: Seek and Live

Wednesday August 15, 2012
What does an Eighth-Century Jewish shepherd have to say about the economic bubble, predatory lenders and politics as usual? Join series host Rev. Eric Elnes, Ph.D. and Frank Schaeffer for part 5 of "Prophetically Incorrect: Amos and the Art of Uncomfortable Truth."

Darkwood Brew: Prophetically Incorrect, Part 6: Amos and Jesus Walk into a Bar

Wednesday August 15, 2012
What does an Eighth-Century Jewish shepherd have to say about the economic bubble, predatory lenders and politics as usual? Join series host Rev. Eric Elnes, Ph.D. and Frank Schaeffer for part 4 of "Prophetically Incorrect: Amos and the Art of Uncomfortable Truth." Watch Part 6: Amos and Jesus Walk into a Bar

Darkwood Brew: If Love Wins...What Now? Week 1: God

Wednesday August 15, 2012
Rob Bell’s book ”˜Love Wins’ rocked American Christianity with a message of God’s grace for all people. This 4-part series led by Rev. Eric Elnes Ph.D. explores how it works in our life and what it means to people in our communities and around the world. In Part 1, Brian McLaren talks with Eric about God.

Darkwood Brew: If Love Wins...What Now? Week 2: Neighbor

Wednesday August 15, 2012
Rob Bell’s book ”˜Love Wins’ rocked American Christianity with a message of God’s grace for all people. This 4-part series led by Rev. Eric Elnes Ph.D. explores how it works in our life and what it means to people in our communities and around the world. In Part 2, Diana Butler Bass talks with Eric about Neighbor.

Darkwood Brew: If Love Wins...What Now? Week 3: Self

Wednesday August 15, 2012
Rob Bell’s book ”˜Love Wins’ rocked American Christianity with a message of God’s grace for all people. This 4-part series led by Rev. Eric Elnes Ph.D. explores how it works in our life and what it means to people in our communities and around the world. In Part 3, Rachel Held Evans talks with Eric about Self.

Darkwood Brew: If Love Wins...What Now? Week 4: Church

Wednesday August 15, 2012
Rob Bell’s book ”˜Love Wins’ rocked American Christianity with a message of God’s grace for all people. This 4-part series led by Rev. Eric Elnes Ph.D. explores how it works in our life and what it means to people in our communities and around the world. In Part 4, Greg Brekke talks with Eric about the Church.

Darkwood Brew: Busy: Reconnecting to an Unhurried God, Part 1: The Yoke of God

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In part 1 of this new Darkwood Brew series, Busy: Reconnecting to an Unhurried God, Eric Elnes and featured guest Marcia McFee discuss the Yoke of God.

Darkwood Brew: Busy: Reconnecting to an Unhurried God, Part 2: The Hope of God

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In part 2 of the Darkwood Brew series, Busy: Reconnecting to an Unhurried God, Eric Elnes and featured guest Phileena Heuertz discuss the Hope of God.

Darkwood Brew: Busy: Reconnecting to an Unhurried God: Part 3

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In part 3 of the Darkwood Brew series, Busy: Reconnecting to an Unhurried God, Eric Elnes and featured guest Cecil Prescod discuss the Assurance of God.

Darkwood Brew: Busy: Reconnecting to an Unhurried God, Part 4: The Pleasure of God - Day1.org

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In Park 4 of the Darkwood Brew series, Busy: Reconnecting to an Unhurried God, Eric Elnes talks with Jennifer Kotler about the Pleasure of God.

Eric Elnes: The Gift of Uncertainty

Wednesday August 15, 2012
Religion does us a disservice when it seeks to remove uncertainty from life. Have you ever noticed how the more certainty a religion claims to deliver, the more frenzied and hysterical are its adherents? The fact of the matter is that life is messy and no amount of doctrine or dogma changes this.

Eric Elnes: Did Jesus Leave Us a Mixtape?

Wednesday August 15, 2012
If Jesus could record a mixtape to share with the world, what do you suppose would be on it? Actually, some scholars believe Jesus already made one.

Eric Elnes: Beyond Paris: The Life Machine

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In the wake of last Friday's atrocities in Paris, many of us reacted to our feelings of despair and helplessness by reaching out to the world by changing our Facebook profile pictures to reflect both our agony and empathy for the victims. While I was changing my profile picture, however, one of my Facebook friends went a step further. She cast a vision for responding to terrorism that the world sorely needs, yet has thus far proven itself incapable of implementing.

Eric Elnes: Quantum Prayer

Wednesday August 15, 2012
I think it must be acknowledged that when we pray for the health of another, for instance, the effects of these prayers may be elusive, making them seem quite 'little.'

Eric Elnes: How to Pray For a Daughter With Brain Cancer (Or Anyone Else You Care About)

Wednesday August 15, 2012
In my last post I promised to offer some guidelines I follow when praying for my daughter, Arianna, who was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor in 2008 and will be undergoing laser ablation therapy at the Cleveland Clinic in mid-February. These guidelines may be helpful for anyone who has the desire to pray for another but does not know quite how to go about it.

Eric Elnes: Suicide or Adoration: The 'Doomsday Clock' and the Abrahamic Faiths

Wednesday August 15, 2012
Jesuit paleontologist Teilhard de Chardin once observed that 'humanity is being taken to the place where it will have to choose between suicide and adoration.' If the scientists behind the Doomsday Clock which measures the likelihood of a global cataclysm are correct, then we had best start adoring!

Eric Elnes: Where do you see the growing edge of innovation in ministry?

Wednesday August 15, 2012
At the Presbyterian General Assembly in Portland, Oregon, I was invited to participate (as a United Church of Christ interloper) in a panel discussion hosted by San Francisco Theological Seminary on the topic, 'Where do you see the growing edge of innovation in ministry?' Here’s how I answered the question - or rather, the version I would have liked to give had I more time. I would love to hear your response.