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Thank you, Marcus Borg

Progressive Christianity lost one of its giants last week with the death of Marcus Borg. His books and lectures opened up the academic world of historical Jesus studies to the rest of us, and we will be forever in his debt.

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God Views

So many conceptions of God… and each carefully described in words, which are by definition inadequate to capture that which they are trying to describe.

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Wisdom

There is more than one kind of intelligence. The learning that we pursue with our intellect is one kind, but the wisdom we come to understand through our hearts is another.

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Farewells

Memorial services or life celebrations offer an opportunity to share our grief, to remember treasured times, even to calm our own fears about what lies ahead. Despite the best efforts of every religion, what follows death is still a mystery.

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Birth Poems

Reflecting on the birth of Jesus in poetry gives us yet another way to approach and assimilate this event. Birth is always a miraculous occurrence, and this birth even more so.

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December Rituals

December brings us Advent, the winter solstice, and if we happen to live in the southern hemisphere, high summer. Rituals abound.

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Advent Prayers

Advent prayers remind us what a difficult time and place Jesus was born into. And yet… has there ever been a time when it was not difficult to be born with such gifts?

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Mary’s Story

What must the months before the first Christmas have been like for the young Mary?

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Christmas Carols

No time during the year is more perilous for the progressive church musician than Advent and Christmas!

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Thanks-Giving

Giving thanks, expressing gratitude … it’s a foundational part of a happy life.

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Prayer, Continued

How we approach prayer says everything about who or what or if we think God is.

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Presence

How do you experience the presence of God? Is it being out in nature, or hearing/singing/playing music, or finding selflessness in meditation… it’s a universal experience that is also intensely individual.

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