Friday Festivals: Saints and Others

Friday Festival – March 17, 2017 On St. Patrick’s Day, our bloggers are finding all kinds of saintly behavior – and some sins. At yoga class, Lindsay Hardin Freeman encounters an image of the Samaritan woman who stands up to Jesus, and gets a glimpse of her past and possibly future selves in a feisty… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Birthed

In Birthed: Finding Grace Through Infertility (Chalice Press, 2016), Elizabeth Hagan opens her heart, describing with exquisite intimacy her excruciating feelings of biological failure, human disappointment and divine abandonment. The reader looking for support while living through infertility will find a friend who understands, and the friend looking for ways to offer support will find answers, in… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Hardened Hearts

What makes for a hardened heart? Consider, for example, all of the life junctures and experiences captured by Romans 5:1-11 (from this week’s Revised Common Lectionary texts) that can lead us to harden our hearts: Suffering, instead of producing endurance, can produce a bitter or jealous heart. Endurance, instead of producing character, can lead to… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: The Lost Sons

This text was the most fun to consider while I was living in Bali, Indonesia, where there were cultural rules similar to the first century. The first child was called “Wayan,” the second “Made.” Kuta is the big city where the Australians all come to party. And arak is the local rot-gut moonshine. Today’s text… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Christ is Lord

In recent months, the doctrine of Christ’s Lordship has frequently come to mind… especially as it was emphasized in a time when dictatorships were on the rise in Europe. An example of this is seen in the Barmen Declaration, a document written in Germany in 1934 by Karl Barth, Hans Asmussen, and Thomas Breit. The Barmen… Read More

Saturday Prayer: Wonder

I wonder at You: beautiful isn’t the half of it, breathtaking only begins to describe Your eternal creativity for life, Your unrestrained joy in love, Your rapturous passion for flora & fauna, galaxies & mysteries, molecules & magnitudes, and humanities. God! Holiest of the holies, I wonder at You. Rachel G. Hackenberg is a United Church of Christ minister,… Read More