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7 December 2017: A Shift in the Season: One Congregation’s Story

      Rev. Gretta Vosper   Several months ago, I wrote about the Season of Relief, those long weeks following Easter when clergy don’t have to deal with lectionary passages that fuse themselves to church doctrine. Strangely, it seems like just a few short weeks ago; but then, the cycles of doctrinal seasons in …

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Q & A:

Sir, with all due respect, you shared well concerning how Jesus did not die because of sins. Please share your views on the reason or why Jesus died.

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30 November 2017: Back to the Forties

      Fred C. Plumer Well here we go again, friends, facing another Christmas. The big stores are posting huge advertisements, notifying us of major sales, playing Christmas music and of course wherever you go there is a Santa Clause. It has been that way for a couple of weeks. It seems to me …

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Q & A:

Are there parts of the Old Testament that are said to be relevant today and why?

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23 November 2017: Rescuing Thanksgiving

      Rev. Mark Sandlin My mother passed away on New Year’s Eve a few years ago. Many of my fondest memories of her (and fondest memories in general) connect back to our family Thanksgiving meals. It was always a special time for me. My mom could put together a Thanksgiving meal that would …

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Q & A:

Would you comment from your Christian perspective on the Buddhist assertion that we have no separate self or separate existence because we cannot understand who we are without understanding who we aren't, and our separate existence is known only because of everything we are? Is the sense of self an illusion?

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16 November 2017: Participating in the Song of Life

       By Kevin G. Thew Forrester, Ph.D.   …………….After days of labor, …………….mute in my consternations, …………….I hear my song at last, …………….and I sing it. As we sing, …………….the day turns, the trees move. …………………………………..“I go among trees and sit still,” Wendell Berry The first lines of John’s gospel proclaim that “in …

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Q & A:

An Alabama politician just compared Judge Roy Moore’s “dating” of teenagers to the relationship of an adult Joseph to a teenaged Mary. What does the Bible actually say about Joseph and Mary’s ages?

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9 November 2017: A New Template for Religion: A Conversation with Michael Morwood, Part 3 – Worship, Prayer, & the Other Side of the Story

      Rev. David Felten What follows in interview form is the final installment of three columns inspired by a presentation Michael Morwood offered at the Common Dreams Conference in Brisbane, Queensland, in 2016. In this final segment, Morwood offers a new perspective on worship and prayer – along with some concluding thoughts on …

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Q & A:

How can the clergy educate its members into contemporary theology and attract back the church alumni without alienating the aging conservatives that finance the local church?

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2 November 2017: Earth, Air, Fire, Water in Struggle with the Evils of our Times

      Rev. Matthew Fox Last night I returned from a conference in Jamaica about Men and Masculinity—they are dealing with a veritable epidemic of violence among young men and killings of men by men. Not unlike El Salvador and many other places around the globe. Here at home we have our own violence, …

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Q & A:

What can we do about a preacher in our state whose website is "Godhatesfags.com” and who is constantly harassing churches that seek to be open to new knowledge about homosexuality?

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26 October 2017: Theological Violence toward the Divine Feminine: Praying for an end to Rape Culture

        Rev. Roger Wolsey     If you have a Facebook account you are no doubt abundantly aware by now of the “Me too” campaign that has been taking place. It’s a powerful way for women to convey to the world that they have been the victim of sexual harassment or sexual …

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Q & A:

After reading your essay, “The Way Home for the Prodigal Species,” last week, I was left with a desire for further clarification. What would you say is the heart of your message — the essence of what you’re sharing with secular and religious audiences these days?

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19 October 2017: The Way Home for the Prodigal Species

      The Rev. Michael Dowd   “Human society is inextricably part of a global biotic community, and in that community human dominance has had and is having self-destructive consequences.” ~ William R. Catton, Jr. “The most difficult transition to make is from an anthropocentric to a bio-centric norm of progress. If there is …

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Q & A:

What titles do I use for God when I pray? Does prayer do any good?

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12 October 2017: REFORMERS, ALL

        By Rev. Gretta Vosper   We’ve been anticipating the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation for some time. Now that the month is upon us, it seems more like a private birthday party than something worthy of global attention. In truth, I suppose it is. With the global …

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Q & A:

What are your views about so many Christians being in favor of gun ownership? Doesn’t that completely contradict the Jesus of peace we read about in the Bible?

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5 October 2017: What Can A Donkey Teach Us About Jesus?

      By Eric Alexander   This series begins an exploration into the real Jesus. By which I mean, that character historically known as Yeshua of Nazareth. Which is in contrast of course to the other character more popularly known as Jesus Christ. I make a distinction there because I think Yeshua of Nazareth …

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Q & A:

Do you have any reliable estimates of the number of Christians worldwide who do not subscribe to the viewpoint that "salvation comes only through Jesus Christ”?

I just wrote a letter to the editor (Minneapolis Star-Tribune) challenging such a statement, but then wondered how many of the >2 million Christians in the world (2011 Pew Research estimate) share a less conservative belief.

Thank you for your attention, and thank you for your witness in the world!

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