January 8, 2017 - All

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text:  It could be shown that the grand theme of the entire New Testament is God’s miraculous move toward the Gentiles, the pagans, the outsiders… read more

January 1, 2017 - Christmas Is True

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text: This Sunday’s Gospel comes as a jolt that disrupts our Christmastide. This year, read on January 1, Matthew 2:13 is a jarring way to begin a new year. … read more

A Little Help from Our Friends

By William H. Willimon
A man I know, a nationally renowned social scientist, said to me shortly before Christmas, “Do you advise students in your preaching classes to get some help from more… read more

Taking our theology seriously

By Christopher P. Momany
While preparing my winter, upper-level seminar at Adrian College on American Religion and Antislavery Literature, I came across a powerful essay written in 1693. That’s… read more

Pope Francis denounces growing 'demonization' of enemies and outsiders

By David Gibson / Religion News Service
VATICAN CITY (RNS) At a solemn ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica to elevate 17 new cardinals, Pope Francis on Saturday (Nov. 19) delivered a ringing plea to the world and his … read more

Fatal distractions and Advent

By Mike Slaughter
I am the LORD your God who brought you out of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You must have no other gods before me. (Exodus 20:2-3 CEB) Thanksgiving in our American culture… read more

Thoughtful Pastor: Are unborn children without sin?

By Christy Thomas
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: Can you help me with the theological underpinnings of this? Do religious folks who object to abortion believe that unborn children are without sin? I… read more

Longing for peace

By Brett Younger
Isaiah 9:2-7 We tend to romanticize Christmas, but we don’t do it on purpose. We are reasonable, logical, and hardheaded, but the magic of the season gets to us in spite of… read more

Thanksgiving and the practice of gratitude

By Alex Joyner
The day before Black Friday If it seems that Black Friday has been arriving earlier and earlier each year, you’re right. The activities of the Friday after Thanksgiving… read more

The kingdom of heaven is (still) at hand

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
Yes, Donald Trump won the presidential election. No, not everyone is happy about that. Clinton won the popular vote while Trump won the electoral vote. Plenty of people are having … read more

Done doing nothing

By Kira Schlesinger
Ten years ago, my husband and I went on a weekend wine-tasting getaway in Central Texas. We stopped at a beautiful, Tuscan-inspired winery and went inside where we proceeded to… read more

Why we can't cover our post-election wounds prematurely

By Billy Doidge Kilgore
On election night, I rinsed plates and loaded the dishwasher. The chore occupied my anxious hands as the electoral map turned red and blue. After Florida proved too close to call… read more
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