June 23, 2018

An excerpt from Rachel Held Evans’ new book

…“What if the Bible is just fine the way it is? . . . Not the well-behaved-everything-is-in-order version we create, but the messy, troubling, weird, and ancient Bible that we actually have?” These questions loosened my grip on the text and gave me permission to love the Bible for what it is, not what I want it to […]

Sundays in Pentecost: Open to the Spirit (5)

Sundays in Pentecost: Open to the Spirit (5) We are taking the Pentecost season to post a Sunday series of excerpts and reflections from Scot McKnight’s new book, Open to the Spirit: God in Us, God with Us, God Transforming Us. • • • Through this experience [of his son’s cancer] I found that the […]

Sundays in Pentecost: Open to the Spirit (4)

Sundays in Pentecost: Open to the Spirit (4) We are taking the Pentecost season to post a Sunday series of excerpts and reflections from Scot McKnight’s new book, Open to the Spirit: God in Us, God with Us, God Transforming Us. • • • The mark of Pentecost and the mark of the new Christian […]

Brueggemann: Jesus Is Enough

In the midst of our quest for orthodoxy to be sure people believe right, or our quest for morality to be sure people act right, or our quest for piety to be sure people pray right, the little ones know, this Jesus is enough. It is enough to know Jesus, for in Jesus you see […]

Sundays in Pentecost: Open to the Spirit (3)

Sundays in Pentecost: Open to the Spirit (3) We are taking the Pentecost season to post a Sunday series of excerpts and reflections from Scot McKnight’s new book, Open to the Spirit: God in Us, God with Us, God Transforming Us. • • • Christians make a very high claim about the Bible. The Bible […]

Sundays in Pentecost: Open to the Spirit (2)

Sundays in Pentecost: Open to the Spirit (2) We are taking the Pentecost season to post a Sunday series of excerpts and reflections from Scot McKnight’s new book, Open to the Spirit: God in Us, God with Us, God Transforming Us. • • • Jesus was a real human being, which means he grew Spirit-ually […]

On Resurrection and Eternal Life (7)

Note from CM: As a hospice chaplain, my work revolves around supporting the dying and their families. I officiate many funerals. I deal with questions about death and what happens after people die. I am asked regularly about mysteries beyond our human experience in this life. Today, we come back to see more of what […]

Sundays in Pentecost: Open to the Spirit (1)

Sundays in Pentecost: Open to the Spirit (1) We begin the Pentecost season with a Sunday series of excerpts and reflections from Scot McKnight’s new book, Open to the Spirit: God in Us, God with Us, God Transforming Us. Scot is the Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL, […]

Sundays in Easter: The Very Good Gospel (6)

When Jesus talked about witness, he referred to our being his witnesses. We are to be his evidence as we show the world that the Kingdom of God has come. • Lisa Sharon Harper • • • On Sundays in Easter, we are hearing from Lisa Sharon Harper about The Very Good Gospel: How Everything […]

Sundays in Easter: The Very Good Gospel (5)

Shalom says we all are connected. Every relationship created by God is strung together in a web of intimate relationships. To affect one is to affect all. So when our distrust of God leads us to separate ourselves from God, we also are separated from ourselves. We govern ourselves in our own ways, not in […]