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On Scripture: Foolishness (1 Corinthians 1:18-24)
Originally Posted: 09/08/2014 - 1:51pm | Type: Blog

The God of Paul’s confession is about the work of using the worst the empire can do to overturn its so-called power, overturning it not with force but with the power of weeping women, terrified disciples, and ...

Has Humanity Entered a New Depth of Degradation?
Originally Posted: 08/12/2014 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

I was scanning my Facebook news feed when I read articles about murders in Iraq. I was scanning my Facebook news feed when I read articles about murders in Iraq. It seems Isl ...

Go Ahead and Die Already
Originally Posted: 04/28/2014 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

The passage in Luke 24:13-35 speaks to the life after death — good can come from bad. Society has an affinity for death. There is a pervasive fascination with (im)mortality. We ap ...

An Occupied Cross Before an Empty Tomb
Originally Posted: 04/19/2014 - 5:28pm | Type: Blog

But here’s the truth of what I’ve learned about cynicism and what I know about the cross. Cynicism is often masked as wisdom. “I’ve been here,” it says. “I know how things go. They don’t ever change.” It procl ...

A God Torn to Pieces: Good Friday, Nietzsche, and Sacrifice
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

Many Christians don’t know Christ. To know Christ is to know that in his life, death, and resurrection Christ freely offers forgiveness to all – even to those who have become “murderers of all murderers.” ...

Holy Week Reflection: God Made Flesh
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

We can say a great deal about God because of Jesus Christ. We can also rule out a lot about God because of Jesus Christ. The Cross is an inexhaustible mystery, but among the many ...

Holy Week: Journeying from Empire to Resurrection
Originally Posted: 04/15/2014 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

We are empire, my friends. We are Judas. And Jesus is speaking directly to us with his words and actions, offering us salvation from the powers that will ultimately kill even him. ...

Attn SBNR: Biblical Violence Matters to Peace
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 3:27pm | Type: Blog

Religion can be defined as the practices and beliefs employed by humans to contain our violence. If you are a spiritual but not religious seeker after peace, please do not deceive yourself into thinking that i ...

Ashes of Hope: My Love of Lent but Not of Murder on a Cross
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 1:23pm | Type: Blog

I think these ashes of hope are what the soul longs for. Beyond a good love story, a good hope story. To know that all of our troubles will not be squandered, but used for fodder to keep these tales of beauty- ...

'Zealot:' How Reza Aslan Constructed a False Jesus
Originally Posted: 08/19/2013 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

[Aslan] constantly picks and chooses which verses from the Bible he uses to support his claim that Jesus was a warrior messiah whose goal was to violently overthrow the Roman and religious establishment. ...

Too Happy?
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Bobby McFerrin's "don't worry" optimism sets up some serious cognitive dissonance with the spirit ...

Everyday Moments of Resurrection
Originally Posted: 04/23/2013 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

The cross, the empty tomb, the moment of divine inspiration are repeated every day and everywhere. They’re ongoing and participatory. Many experience those moments of inspiration each day. ...

The Passion of Christ and the Plight of Our Undocumented Neighbors
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 2:26pm | Type: Blog

While it is impossible to ignore that there are 92 references in Scripture where the word, 'ger' is used, speaking about the stranger in our land and our treatment of these individuals, it is not one ...

The Political Subversion of the Cross
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 9:43am | Type: Blog

My fear as we remember the horrible and horrific event of the crucifixion, is that we have forgotten much of its significance, both historically in Jesus’ time and for us today. ...

Faith and Doubt Dancing on Good Friday (Rob Bell Blogalogue Part 4)
Originally Posted: 03/28/2013 - 3:22pm | Type: Blog

Good Friday is good because on that day Jesus revealed who God is at a fundamental level. God is the one who responds to our violence and destruction with the forgiveness and love that defined Jesus’ life. “Lo ...

Good Friday: How Deep the Father's Love Is For Us
Originally Posted: 03/29/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Blog

If anything we think we knew about God before Jesus arrives in Mary's womb contradicts what we see and hear of Jesus in the Gospels, then we are the ones who are mistaken. ...

The Holy Week Journey
Originally Posted: 03/26/2013 - 9:26am | Type: Blog

I urge you in love to take part in as many of the services of Holy Week as you are able, that your joy at Easter might be complete and that you might, once again, participate in the Lord's active, sacrifi ...

The Cross: An Exposé of Human Sacrifice
Originally Posted: 03/13/2013 - 7:47am | Type: Blog

We commit sacrifice when we scapegoat, demonize, marginalize, expel, persecute or kill others in the name of our own safety and security or to bolster our belief in our own goodness. ...

Jesus is Stripped of His Garments
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:40am | Type: Magazine Article

Joseph Bathanti Hemorrhaging from the concertina / crown, brass knuckles, scourging, cigarette burns, / lurching the last meter of Golgot ...

Louis C.K. on Our Neighbor’s Bowl and What 'Fair' Is
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 1:21pm | Type: Blog

If Jesus is, in fact, the example to which we look, let’s consider for a moment the point at which he is near death on the cross, abandoned by all who claimed to love him, taunted and tortured by figures of au ...

Good Friday: This is Insane.
Originally Posted: 04/07/2012 - 11:36am | Type: Blog

I also know some baptist preachers who tell the story of the Passion of Christ every Sunday. It is the Gospel, after all. This story, the Passion, is The Gospel for many of us Christian preachers. And to not s ...

Via Dolorosa: A Good Friday Musical Meditation
Originally Posted: 04/06/2012 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

“When you remember me, it means that you have carried something of who I am with you, that I have left some mark of who I am on who you are. It means that you can summon me back to your mind even though countless years and miles may stand betwee ...

The Stones Are Singing
Originally Posted: 04/06/2012 - 9:41am | Type: Blog

The image that moved his heart became one to which he returns daily, as do I. For the piercing of the side of the helpless man hanging on the cross happened not just then and there at Golgotha; it happens here ...

What’s So Good About Good Friday?
Originally Posted: 04/06/2012 - 9:35am | Type: Blog

It turns out that, although plenty of folks have their own explanations, nobody actually knows why we call it Good Friday. I think the Germans are spot-on by calling it Karfreitag, which means “Suffering Frida ...

Good Friday Meditation: Body. Broken. Exploited.
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 11:15pm | Type: Blog

Today, I reflect on this body of Christ. It beckons me and I’m reminded once again that the violence and death that happened on that dark day lingers still. Here I am meditating ...

The Manchester Passion: Finding the Sacred in the Supposedly Profane
Originally Posted: 04/04/2012 - 1:38pm | Type: Blog

yrics of The Smiths and their Manchunian contemporaries and used them -- brilliantly and powerfully -- to retell in a thoroughly modern milieu the greatest story ever told. The mu ...

Resurrection: Bending Toward Love
Originally Posted: 04/02/2012 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

Lots of folks love preaching about the risen Christ on Easter Sunday without talking about what he went through to get there. It’s a bad habit we Protestants have, but plenty of us skip right over Maundy Thurs ...

Were You There?
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Andrew Wilkes The Cross and the Lynching Tree, by James H. Cone. JAMES CONE’S The Cross and The Lynching Tr ...

Let's Not Forget: It's Not About Us
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/04/19/let-us-not-forget-its-not-about-us/" target="_self"></a>I'm very fond of this season in the Christian calendar because I c ...

Another Vatican II Moment for the Catholic Church?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

These are dark days for Catholics and our church. The clergy sexual abuse scandals are a source of profound pain and raw anger. These are dark days for Catholics and our church. T ...

Looking at Christ Through Cultural Lenses
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Looking at me, pale-skinned and blonde-haired, you would not know that I come from a diverse background with an African-American great-grandmother and an American-Indian great-grandfather. ...

God's Image and Caesar's Image: Torture and the Currency of Empire
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>One of the central teachings of Torah is that all human beings are made in the Image of God. That teaching and what flows from it are at the heart of Jewish prohibitions on the use of torture -- and p ...

The Power to Dominate and the Power to Love
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

As Christians, our continual task is to explore and mediate on Jesus' teachings, as well as to emulate his deeds. As Christians, our continual task is to explore and mediate ...

Sacred Jazz: An Interview with Deanna Witkowski
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

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Torturing the Least of These
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Christians are people who follow a tortured and murdered God. This fact speaks clearly to what our values should be. One of those values should be a rejection of torture, violence in the name of " ...