Surplus Grace: Belief, Doubt, and the Ever-Graced Faith

By Cynthia L. Rigby
“Have faith in God!” Jesus tells his disciples in the Gospel of Mark (11:22 CEB). “You believe in God; believe also in me,” he says in the Gospel of John… read more

Pause. Imagine that.

By Gregg Taylor
When two kids got caught in a rip tide just off the beach in Panama City Beach, Florida, four of their family members and three others rushed to their rescue only to find… read more

We’re (not) better than this

By Dane Womack
To my Christian friends: I assume you know that white supremacy, Nazism, racism, and misogyny are antithetical to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As Christians, we hope for nothing… read more

Is the Protestant Reformation Over? Can the Schism End?

By Roger E. Olson
According to common belief, the Protestant Reformation began five hundred years ago when, on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed a list of ninety-five theses to the cathedral… read more

What to say when you see the eclipse

By Rabbi Evan Moffic
Unless you have been cut off from the civilization over the past few weeks, you probably know the total solar eclipse will occur today. I confess I am a bit overwhelmed by the… read more

Solar eclipse

By Alex Joyner
Deep twilight blue and strangely behaving animals Should you happen to find yourself within the narrow strip of the United States that will be experiencing a total solar eclipse… read more

Looking Ahead

By William H. Willimon
January 7, 2018 Genesis 1:1-5 January 14, 2018 John 1:43-51 January 21, 2018 Mark 1:14-20 January 28, 2018 Mark 1:21-28 February 4, 2018 Mark 1:29-39 February 11, 2018 2… read more

December 31, 2017 - Back to Galilee . . . for the Time Being

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text: The excitement and festivity of Christmas are over. The mystery and wonder of the nativity have faded, and the Christmas decorations are put away. Now is a… read more

December 24, 2017 - Rejoice! God for Us!

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text: All of this Sunday’s Lectionary texts are appropriately celebratory and doxological. The assigned Gospel depicts the good news that God has remembered … read more

November 19, 2017 - Accountable

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text So many of Jesus’s parables are parables of judgment, parables of accounting. This Sunday’s appointed Gospel is one of those stories. A man of… read more

November 12, 2017 - Be Prepared!

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text The section from which today’s Gospel is derived has been called the eschatological discourse (Matt 24:1–25:46). The parable of the bridesmaids… read more

December 17, 2017 - Receivers of the News

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text: On the third Sunday of Advent, just as for the second Sunday, the Gospel urges us to be encountered by John the Baptist. Our proclamation on December 10… read more
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