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Take A Moment, Breathe
December 1, 2016 – 12:11 am | Comments Off on Take A Moment, Breathe
Take A Moment, Breathe

by Nancy Fields

For a while, I struggled to find grace in the words, “They will be divided: father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother.” However, as I listen to the politics of the day, I am convinced of the wisdom of those words. My challenge has been to put the words of rhetoric, debate, and argument in their rightful places!

Panting and Thirsting: Longing for God in the Bible
December 1, 2016 – 12:10 am | No Comment
Panting and Thirsting: Longing for God in the Bible

by Peter Lau

As we read the psalms, we find the motif of panting or thirsting, which is part of a larger theme of longing for God. This article will first explore the motif of panting and thirsting in five psalms, and then trace the theme of longing through to the New Testament.

Rethinking Breathing
December 1, 2016 – 12:09 am | No Comment
Rethinking Breathing

by Rebeca Radillo

The theme of this article is “Breathing.” Its purpose is to expand our thinking to allow us to better understand the complexity of the human life by seeking in the biopsychosocial/spiritual/religious model new perspectives related to the intricacy of human life. Its goal is to expand our vision to the point that we realize that nothing in our daily life, even when it is as simplistic and routine as “breathing,” can be taken for granted.

I Can’t Breathe!
December 1, 2016 – 12:07 am | No Comment
I Can’t Breathe!

by Harold Dean Trulear

In a real sense, if we answer the question “How do we preach to them,” we run the risk of developing a formulaic response itself devoid of the Divine Breath. The answer lies not in a formula, but in an encounter with that Breath itself. Our encounter with that Breath as preachers gives freer passageway for the Breath to enter the places in congregants’ souls deprived of spiritual oxygen.

God’s Heart: A Dwelling Place for Strangers
August 2, 2016 – 12:10 pm | No Comment
God’s Heart: A Dwelling Place for Strangers

by Reginald Brantley

If we believe that God’s heart is a dwelling place for justice and grace big enough for us who were once estranged from God, then surely we know our expression of God must include making our hearts dwelling places of justice and grace for those whom we would call strangers.

A Dwelling Place for Social Justice
August 2, 2016 – 12:08 pm | No Comment
A Dwelling Place for Social Justice

by Mark C. Johnson

The notion of sacred places generally makes for good religion but poor theology. Great stories such as the one of the burning bush, Peniel, and the Mount of Olives, offer wonderful and metaphors, but what do they draw us toward? What makes a conference center hosted library for example, or a sanctuary, a dwelling place, sacred spaces?

Redefining Christian Identity in a Pluralistic Context
August 2, 2016 – 12:05 pm | No Comment
Redefining Christian Identity in a Pluralistic Context

by Rick Ufford-Chase

A proposed resolve to commit to actively learning and embracing one another’s rhythms and practices, both religious and traditional, appreciating one another’s core motivations and convictions, with the understanding that all are cherished and sustained by God.

Viewing Care for Creation Through the Black Lives Matter Movement
March 9, 2016 – 10:49 pm | Comments Off on Viewing Care for Creation Through the Black Lives Matter Movement
Viewing Care for Creation Through the Black Lives Matter Movement

by Tamara Henry

While churches have often focused on engaging in care for creation by directing attention to issues of environmental justice (i.e. stewardship of the earth’s natural environment) an equally important aspect of affirming the sacredness of creation today must also include emphasis and regard for the dignity of lives of vulnerable human populations, including young persons of color in the United States who have increasingly become victims of socio-historic modes of racism.

The Whole Universe Lives Within the Word of God
March 9, 2016 – 10:48 pm | 3 Comments
The Whole Universe Lives Within the Word of God

by Jill Schaeffer

A city is the whole shebang living within the Word of God. Preaching to and out of an urban scene locates the lives and stories generated in that scenario dwelling within the Word. There is nothing that cannot be said or proclaimed that lies outside that Word. And nothing foretold that has not been anticipated through that Word.

God Gave Women Authority, Too
March 9, 2016 – 10:43 pm | Comments Off on God Gave Women Authority, Too
God Gave Women Authority, Too

by Peggy Adrien

The Book of Genesis describes a beautiful story about the beginning of life on earth. However, it is also a story anchored in debate, fueling conversation known as “the battle of the sexes” and addresses the ongoing issue of female leadership. Should women hold positions of authority in the church?

Eleanor Speaks Out!
November 19, 2015 – 11:41 pm | Comments Off on Eleanor Speaks Out!
Eleanor Speaks Out!

by Lura Pierce

I like to say that Eleanor Roosevelt chose me. I certainly didn’t know that studying the woman I had disliked as an adolescent would renew my faith and spur me to action. I didn’t know she would become my mentor across time and help me to answer, “Who am I now?”

Mission Connectivity: A Tale of Two Cities
November 19, 2015 – 11:40 pm | Comments Off on Mission Connectivity: A Tale of Two Cities
Mission Connectivity: A Tale of Two Cities

by Kevin Yoho

Do you believe that anything is possible? Pastors and church leaders in very diverse ministries consistently tell me they want to make a difference in their community. Many do, but others retreat into their sanctuaries when unexpected obstacles and challenges arise.