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Joerg Rieger on Empire and Christianity

Indeed the Jesus Movement began as a resistance movement to the empire. While Christianity began as a counterpoint and an alternative to Empire, with Constantine it became wedded to the empire and shaped by empire with the purpose of unifying the realm.

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Lord’s Prayer

Dear One, closer to us than our own hearts, farther from us than the most distant star, you are beyond naming.

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Eight points. Prayers: The Lord's Prayer. Resource Types: Prayers.

A 21st Century Lord’s Prayer

Great divine spirit of love that is at the core of everything and from which all life flows,
We acknowledge your healing and transforming power.

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Eight points. Prayers: The Lord's Prayer. Resource Types: Prayers.

A New Lord’s Prayer

Breath, love, hope, inspiration
– truth that sings forth from within
even as I am enveloped with its challenge,

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Eight points. Prayers: The Lord's Prayer. Resource Types: Prayers.

The Daily Prayer

A contemporary rendering of the Lord's Prayer

O Divine Power of Creation
Hallowed be thy name
The mystery of thy grace be with us

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Eight points. Prayers: The Lord's Prayer. Resource Types: Prayers.

The Lord’s Prayer

Good caring presence within us, around us, and above us;
Hold us in a sense of mystery and wonder.

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The Affliction of Affluence

Reconciling Gratitude, Generosity & Greed

The common dream most people have of one day having more than they already have seems to have remained as fleeting and elusive as ever. Meanwhile, the gross disparity and widening gap in this country between the haves and the have-nots has reached a point where an oligarchy of corporate interests posing as individuals shape public opinion and outspend each other as never before in partisan attempts to buy an election.

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Outrageous Conception

Richard Mourdock crashed his dogma into the wall of logic. He totaled his belief system with one elegantly absurd utterance. Now would be a good time for him to get a new religion, and a new political philosophy to go with it.

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We Remember Them

In the rising of the sun and in its going down,
We remember them.


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It’s Hallowe’en 2012! How Will We Dress Jesus Up This Year?!

Many people still find a lot of value in being followers of Jesus. I am currently on a journey to discover anew who or what I think Jesus was. But he will not again be the person that makes me acceptable to God or who saves me from a doomed eternity. There are oh so many other intriguing options than for me having to throw myself at the feet of a man who we know so verifiably little about.

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Is a Bad God Better than No God at All?

The issue of the gods we believe in made headlines this week when Richard Mourdock, a Tea Party Republican candidate for US Senate in Indiana, stated that pregnancies stemming from rape, however horrible, are “something God intended to happen.”[1] While Mourdock has sought to soften the impact of his statement, I believe that his words reflected his – and many other Christians – understand of God’s presence in the world.

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The Apostles’ Creed & the Lord’s Prayer As I Hear Them

As an Episcopalian I regularly recite the Apostles’ Creed and pray the Lord’s Prayer. In doing so, I stand with Jesus’ early followers as they struggled to find words that could frame how their lives were being renewed beyond comprehension. My life also is being renewed beyond comprehension, or so I’m convinced, as I try to live out the self-giving embodied in the common life Jesus began. But I live in a vastly different time and place from those of Jesus’ early followers. My everyday assumptions about the world and how it works are vastly different, not final truths, mind you, but still different, and just as inescapable as people’s everyday assumptions back then.

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