Lent is not about scarcity; it's about preparing us for more... for resurrection. Dale Ryan, Director of the Institute for Recovery Ministry at Fuller Seminary, invites us to give up shame for lent and prepare ourselves, as it says in Ezekiel 36, for a new heart of flesh.
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FOOD and SALVATION
What does food and land have to do with salvation? Norman Wirzba invites us into healing and restoration through the reconciliation of the land, our food and with our neighbors.
JOINED TO THE LIVING
The land on most churches is taken up by ornamental bushes and trees or large stretches of grass. Is that use of the land the best witness to the community or is it perhaps a failure of imagination? God was described in Scripture as the first Gardener. Why don't Christians and faith communities have a better relationship with the land?
Walter Brueggemann on Lent, Good Friday, Easter and the "shutdown" of the way it used to be: an invitation to neighborliness and newness.
Our dear, dear friend and prophet Richard Twiss died of a heart attack this weekend in Washington, where he was to participate in the National Prayer Breakfast. I can't image the lament of his family. The world is not whole without him. Richard stirred/stirs my imagination and made me a...
Can you trust that what comes into your life is for you? Barbara Brown Taylor on breathing in pain.
Stanley Hauerwas on why we shouldn't take elections too seriously.
"Elections are coercive ... 51 percent get to tell 49 percent how to live. So, elections are not in and of itself the character of democratic life ... Elections in America have so little to do with people -- we...
Does God write sadness, struggle, disease and dissonance into our lives for it's beauty? Is suffering symphonic? Is life a victory march or a broken hallelujah -- or both? American singer-songwriter Derek Webb tells us what he sees.
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"Today is the eleventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, DC. I remember the feeling I had in the days after those attacks -- a foreboding sense that we were in for years of religious hostility among Christians, Muslims, Jews, and others.