Standing Before the Cross

I am standing before the cross in all its brutality
And feel overwhelmed by the enormity of it all.
Why could the church not have a nice
Life-affirming symbol instead of a cross?

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The Stations of the Cross and the Beatitudes, Week 2

A Guide to Spiritual Practice for Lent

Beatitude Two: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Luke 20: 21 says: “Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.”)

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Lenten Haiku

the world weighs heavy
our brokenness wearies us
and yet God is here

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The Lord’s Prayer – Why I Can Still Say It

Despite its familiarity and almost constant liturgical use, the Lord’s Prayer has become difficult for even some devout Christians to pray in our day. To be sure, the thought-world of the New Testament is very different from …

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Why Weren’t We Told? A Handbook on ‘progressive’ Christianity

WHY WEREN’T WE TOLD? A Handbook on ‘progressive’ Christianity — edited by Rex Hunt and John Smith — (Polebridge Press (Westar Institute)) Progressive Christianity is not new. It has been around for two hundred years or more. But …

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Q and A with the President: 2-8-13

Do You Consider Yourselves Followers of Jesus Even Though He Came for the Jews?

Do you consider yourselves as followers of Jesus even though he came for the Jews, the lost sheep of Israel, and not to the Gentile dogs?

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Unarmed and Dangerous

A Gospel of Non-violence in a Violent World

We wrestle with the stark reality of the culture of gun violence in which we find ourselves, and a gospel message for the progressive Christian that is inherently non-violent. Advocates for one side of a heated debate insist the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun; which is only true if the good guy is faster on the draw and a better aim. To assert the good guy always wins is, of course, a lie. There are plenty of examples of murder and mayhem in that compendium of stories we call the Bible. In some stories the good guy wins. In others, they lose; particularly those who choose the way of non-violent resistance unequivocally taught and demonstrated in the words and deeds of the Galilean sage and healer. It’s not a matter of a showdown to see who wins with a more forceful argument. Far from naïve, impractical and unrealistic, a non-violent response may be the only thing to break the perpetual cycle of violence. But how?

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We Are Guardians for the People

We are guardians for the people,
called by God to care and serve
acting out the love of neighbour,
giving all without reserve.

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Those Who Struggle for Justice

For those who promote human rights in countries controlled by military dictatorships, risking their lives every day
All: Blessed are those who are persecuted for their struggle for justice: the kingdom of heaven is theirs

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Hear the Voices

One: Hear the voices, small voices, loud voices, voices of the oppressed, voices of the powerful.

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Abortion and the Unknowable God: An Attempt at a Neutral and Faithful Discussion

As a Christian, I find myself in a strange position on abortion. I am pro-choice. I have not always been as I have not always considered myself Christian. I was an atheist/deist, pro-lifer in my younger days. …

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Reflection on Jeremiah 31

It is tattooed on our hearts
Etched on the walls
at the core of our being
There is no escaping the reality
And yet we still ignore it

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