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Can You Question the Resurrection and Still Be a Christian?
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

“On the third day, he rose again.” That line, from the Nicene Creed, is the foundational statement of Christian belief. “On the third day, he rose again.” That line, from the N ...

Resurrection: Calculating the Probabilities
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

This Holy Week let us be filled with doubt in what passes for normal experience. It seems an important exercise for Christians to undertake because we are as tempted as anyone born in this age to explain away ...

CIA Torture Report Ought to Disturb All Our Consciences
Originally Posted: 04/15/2014 - 4:53pm | Type: Blog

At Easter, Christians celebrate Jesus’ rising from the dead. But in light of new revelations of the CIA’s abhorrent acts of torture, it’s the United States that needs resurrection, too. ...

Seeing and Believing at Easter Time
Originally Posted: 04/14/2014 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

Even in these festive moments, many people express insecurity regarding the quality of their own believing. Easter Sunday marks the holiest, most exalted moment of the Christian ...

That They May Be One: Immigration and Christian Unity
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

I know that many — probably most — believers share the desire for unity. It just seems at times that we have so far to go, and might be drifting in the wrong direction. As we appr ...

Not This Time -- A Reflection on the Resurrection of Lazarus
Originally Posted: 04/08/2014 - 3:45pm | Type: Blog

Life is stronger than death, that love is stronger than hate, that resurrection is possible through the Living Word of God. Editor's Note: This post is adapted from a sermo ...

Telling a Resurrection Story
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 9:23am | Type: Magazine Article

Joy J. Moore Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A THERE IS NO controlling a story once it’s ...

The Blades of Grass in the Garden of Gethsemane Speak to Me
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Zach Czaia There are tour guides who speak / all the human tongues, and we are trampled / for being famous blades / but then are resurre ...

Is It Possible to Celebrate Christmas and the Birth of Jesus on the Same Day?
Originally Posted: 12/18/2013 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

Despite our best efforts, Christmas is associated with Santa Claus. Now, if it were the historical “Santa Claus” who gave away his best to save the lives of some children, that’d be awesome. But, no, this is t ...

Hollywood Looks to the Bible for Screenplay Potential
Originally Posted: 10/23/2013 - 5:07pm | Type: Blog

Studios and filmmakers are rediscovering a classic text as source material for upcoming mainstream films: the Bible. Studios and filmmakers are rediscovering a classic text as sou ...

Becoming Fluent in the Language of Hope
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C THE CELEBRATED PHILOSOPHER Ludwig Wittg ...

'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. ...

The Forgiving Corpse: A Parable
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 1:29pm | Type: Blog

I’m pretty sure that Keith Huff did not intend to write a Christian allegory, but the themes of life, death, and resurrection reverberate through the play. Oddly enough, I think Stewart’s story can function as ...

Sermon On Why Hope and Vapid Optimism Are Not The Same Thing
Originally Posted: 05/31/2013 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

A hope that does not disappoint looks less like being idealistic about ourselves and more like being idealistic about God’s redeeming work in the world. … suffering produces en ...

'Greater Works Than Mine'
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C THE SAGA OF Elijah that we are followin ...

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. ...

Jesus Resurrected and 'The Undocumented'
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

Our search for the resurrected one, the one who has come to give us life, has everything to do with the dead. At the  Full Frame Film Festival  in Durham last week, I saw Marco ...

On Scripture: Why Our Bodies Matter
Originally Posted: 04/03/2013 - 12:57pm | Type: Blog

The resurrection story implies that bodies matter. Jesus’ resurrection is not merely a spiritual thing – the apparition of his ghost, or his ongoing spiritual influence. Immediate ...

The Garden Outside Pleasantville
Originally Posted: 04/02/2013 - 2:46pm | Type: Blog

In some way or other, I think it’s safe to say that we all have a kind of nostalgia for the innocence and purity of the Garden of Eden before what we call “the fall.” In some way ...

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 ...

On Scripture: How Long Does Darkness Last?
Originally Posted: 03/27/2013 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

For the sake of the world, we should all be feminists. And given what we know about the role of independent, empowered women in the community of disciples, for the sake world, we might be “Christians.” ...

The Real Message of Easter
Originally Posted: 03/26/2013 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

In Christianity’s passage through Holy Week to Easter Day, a moment of truth will arrive. In Christianity’s passage through Holy Week to Easter Day, a moment of truth will arrive. ...

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 ...

Fifty Days of Grace
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C HOW SHALL WE engage with scripture thro ...

At the River We Stand
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Baptism means we are imprinted on Christ. FROM THE RIVER to the rope. From the creek to the ...

House of Prayer and Dreams
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Edwidge Danticat Haiti's once and future cathedral is a place of healing and memory. WE WERE LOOKING at ...

Second Line
Originally Posted: 04/01/2013 - 9:21am | Type: Magazine Article

Betsy Sholl Blindfolded and gagged, tossed in the back / of a car -- it's how they gather up young men / ...

From the Archives: April 1985
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Bill Wylie-Kellermann Authority Over Death IN THE EARLY weeks of the Eastertide lectionary, there appears a s ...

'Memento Mori' and Living Today to the Fullest
Originally Posted: 02/18/2013 - 3:11pm | Type: Blog

The Memento mori ("remember you will die") of Ash Wednesday and of a Holy Lent is not a macabre, dark, or morbid reminder. It is our wake up call to live fully in the moment, to live *today* to its f ...

The Scales of Rejoicing
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 3:23pm | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Common Lectionary, Cycle C "THIS IS THE LORD'S DOING; it is marv ...

Sleeper Awake!
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Will O'Brien Unto Us the Sun by Aimee Wilson. Self-released. IN THE TITLE song of Aimee Wilson's ne ...

Resurrecting Detroit
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 2:00pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg Angela Glover Blackwell believes in Detroit's future, and she has a vision for how to get there. Failure is not a ...

Holy Monday
Originally Posted: 04/09/2012 - 2:07pm | Type: Blog

We cannot imagine a world in which Death has no sting. We cannot imagine a world in which Death does not hold the last word and our ability to deal in Death doesn't empower us. ...

Χριστός ἀνέστη: Christos Anesti! He is Risen!
Originally Posted: 04/08/2012 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

The Gospel of St. Matthew, Chapter 28 (The Message) After the Sabbath, as the first light of the new week dawned, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to keep vigil at the tomb. Suddenly the earth reeled and rocked under their feet as God ...

At Easter, Poetry Helps Us Remember
Originally Posted: 04/08/2012 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

Poetry is language made material. It presents us with objects and the world, yes, that is part of its materiality, but it also – and perhaps fundamentally – makes our very language into a thing, rather than s ...

These Dry Bones
Originally Posted: 04/03/2012 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I stood in the middle of a valley. Hot wind whipped the sand at my feet. Dry bones, bleached by the sun covered the valley floor. Son of man, God said, can these bones live? It ...

Father Jim Martin on "Jesus and Joy"
Originally Posted: 01/08/2012 - 1:32pm | Type: Blog

In this segment from his new CatholicTV series "Blinks," the Rev. Jim Martin considers why Christianity is often considered so joyless, and why "religious" usually means "serious." ...

Project Safe Surrender
Originally Posted: 12/05/2011 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

Project Safe Surrender is not quite Jubilee— offenders aren’t guaranteed amnesty — but there is a taste of the Resurrection. Can’t get to court? Then go to church. Clergy in a ...

An Interview With Nadia Bolz-Weber
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Nadia Bolz-Weber likes to have both tradition and innovation happening at the same time in House for All Sinners and Saints, a mission church she founded in Denver, Colorado, that's part of the Evan ...

The Bookends of Life
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

There's something special about the bookends of our lifetimes. I became a first-time father seven months ago and a hospice chaplain just one month past. There's somethin ...

Love Wins
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/06/love-wins/" target="_self"></a>No, I am not submitting a belated entry into the heated conversation about Rob Bell's lates ...

A Reflection on Easter: Beyond Chocolate and New Bedding to the True Gospel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I've often wondered what people in America think when they actually read the story of Jesus rising from the dead for the first time. I've often wondered what people in A ...

The First Nonviolent Revolution? The Resurrection.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

As Lent ends and the Holy Triduum begins, my mind turns to resurrection. Perhaps a bit too soon as the Good Friday death of Jesus and his descent into darkness is still impending. ...

My Letter to the IRS: 'I Reserve the Right Not to Kill'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

As a Christian, Easter marks the most stunning act of grace and enemy-love in human history -- Jesus' death and resurrection. As a Christian, Easter marks the most stunning a ...

Love Wins: My Interview with Rob Bell
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/18/love-wins-my-interview-with-rob-bell/" target="_self"></a>Monday morning, 8 a.m PST. My phone rings. It's Rob Bell calling ...

This Lenten Season is For Me
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Every Lenten season I give up something, usually chocolate. I sometimes fast for several hours during the day. Sometimes I read an extra book or two, usually on peace theory. Ever ...

My Lent: Ashes, Addiction, and the Reality of Hell
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Lent is late this year, thanks to an unusual alignment of the earth and heavens -- the vernal equinox, the paschal full moon -- and to the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/easter/" target="_ ...

Word Made Flesh, and the Indignity of Having a Human Body
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

So, just to get it out of the way, I didn't get what I wanted for Christmas. No, not an iPad or world peace. So, just to get it out of the way, I didn't get what I want ...

Salvation Through Doctrine or Christ?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I've been getting into trouble lately. I've been getting into trouble lately. It all started when I asked myself the simple question, "What did the apostles preach ...

A Martyr's Death Puts Faith Into Perspective
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Fatu was 25 years old when her father and his two sons burned her to death. Her crime was converting to Christianity in a Muslim land. Fatu was 25 years old when her father and hi ...