The struggle of faith in democracy: voting

Guest blogger: Ben Anderson Living our faith means struggle.  I am reminded of this as I see this sign taped to door of an old Lutheran church: In that church’s dusty dark basement I lead phone banks where church volunteers make calls asking people of faith to vote “no” on the voter restriction amendment this NovemberContinue reading “The struggle of faith in democracy: voting”

an Easter economy

It is time for a new economy. It is time for Christ to be our Cornerstone of all creation, even our economic exchange. It’s Easter, the season of new days and resurrected, restored creations.  The time is now for God’s Way to revive all that makes us broken and weak, especially the structures that createContinue reading “an Easter economy”

in God’s time

We can’t really know what God is up to. But we can wonder, and we do.  Wondering about what God is doing makes me feel like I am the size of an ant in an expansive universe.   Actually, I am, in a way. Somehow, though, I am part of it all. Paradigms of planet,Continue reading “in God’s time”

consciousness, change and Joseph Kony

A lot of interesting things are happening in the movements for change in our society.  Videos are going viral, the Occupy movement continues, we’ve experienced an Arab Spring, and our nation is divided so much about issues (like wealth, poverty, war, abortion, contraception and sexuality) that I’m beginning to wonder if the two-party political systemContinue reading “consciousness, change and Joseph Kony”

loving over the divide

Sorry, friends, Stephen Colbert’s video’s can’t be embedded in the same way as YouTube videos, but I really hope you’ll watch this video and share your thoughts. The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Glenn Beck Attacks Social Justice – James Martin http://www.colbertnation.com http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:cms:item:comedycentral.com:267673 Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog</a>Continue reading “loving over the divide”

passing things around in the USA

Brace yourself. This video may make you laugh or cringe. This sampling got me thinking about the general values of our country.  I remembered that a couple years ago there was some fascinating debate about whether the USA is really a Christian nation.  In the current climate of political unrest, I believe it is aContinue reading “passing things around in the USA”

a princess, a pope and Jesus Christ

The world is buzzing with excitement. I have heard gripes and seen grins about the wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William, which will happen tomorrow with much pomp. To be honest, I wish I didn’t have other things going on and could sit down in front of the TV and watch it. I amContinue reading “a princess, a pope and Jesus Christ”

Coloring outside the lines

Guest blogger: Elizabeth Diedrich Scripture reflection for the Fourth Sunday in Lent Scripture Readings: 1 Samual 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a; Psalm 23: 1-3a, 3b-6; Eph 5:8-14; John 9:1-41 “This man is not from God, because he does not keep the sabbath.” Throughout the Gospels, Jesus maintains a continual conversation with the religious leaders of his day.Continue reading “Coloring outside the lines”

freely united lenten grumbling

In those days, in their thirst for water, the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “Why did you ever make us leave Egypt? Was it just to have us die here of thirst with our children and our livestock?” So Moses cried out to the LORD, “What shall I do with this people? a little moreContinue reading “freely united lenten grumbling”

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