Dr. Jacqui Lewis is Senior Minister Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village of Manhattan. Middle Church is a dynamic 900-member multiracial, multicultural, inclusive congregation in which everyone is welcome just as they are as they come through the door. Lewis is also the Executive Director of The Middle Project, an institute that prepares ethical leaders for a more just society....
Pulpit Fiction Podcast: Lectionary Podcast for Preachers, Seekers and Bible Geeks
Robb and Eric met in class at Eden Theological Seminary, got to know each other while playing volleyball on Eden's church league team, and became friends after the games over pizza, wings, beer, and Police Trainer at Smugala's.
Robb and Sarah and Eric and Nina spent almost every weekend together while they were in seminary, and are still able to get together every once in awhile. This picture was taken over Thanksgiving weekend, 2013. They share a common passion for justice, mercy, and an abiding love for Jesus. They also a share a love for good scotch, the Bears (we won't talk about baseball), Anchorman, The Office, and Star Wars.
In an era when fewer and fewer people go to church, it is often the song, not the sermon, speech or blog that touches people’s lives in a deep and meaningful way. Houses of faith may embody ethics, morality and good deeds; but the church can learn more of these same things from the street, perhaps as much as the street can learn from the church. This brief essay explores this idea....
Parker Palmer Five Habits of the Heart
EASTER CROSS- ART for
Philosophy and Worship
Dry BONES by Ken Sehested
This poem was inspired by the dramatic betrayal by Judas and denial by Peter.
Betrayal and Denial
Rev. Laurie Blonk Sponaugle
There is no escaping…
The breath-stealing bite
of the dual edged sword.
Close enough for eyes to lock,
And wills to soundlessly utter longing
And lament to stab through even the strongest of spirits.
Witness soul deep betrayal
as heartbeats sync with a kiss…
followed doggedly with fear, varnished in denial.
Before the verdict is cast in stone
Before the sentence is carried out beam over beam
before the cross is weighted down with love.
One, Two final thrusts
of the razor sharp blade
gutting the soul.
As one beloved, steals away from the sacred table,
another scurries behind the mob;
both cloaked in the shado...
The Resurrection Story can be told in many ways. ...
A PODCAST on BRIDGING THE DIVIDE...
Faith of a women that made a difference when her son had Autism
Deuteronomy 10:17-21; Psalm 145; Hebrews 11:8-16; Matthew 5:43-48
Interdependence Day and Independence Day
Independence Day, let’s also think of it as “Interdependence Day”; a day when we celebrate not only being free from unjust rule but also a day when we commit ourselves anew to extending liberty and justice to everyone who seeks it, without partiality.
Climate Change Video with three different Protestant Churches...
Artwork By Painted Prayers Jan Richardson
Beautiful artwork and creative ideas for ministry...
Artwork and Poetry "Grace In The Dark"
When we get news from someone, death or other, this artwork touches a sweet place for the heart. Jan Richardson- poem as well. ...
Mathew 5: 13-20
Isaiah 4:2; 1 John 4:18; James 3:1-12; Micah 6:8; Matthew 25:35
A hymn written after the Orlando mass killings, plus other hymns for reflection on gun violence:
Brian McLaren calls Troy Bronsink’s book, Drawn In: A Creative Process for Artists, Activists and Jesus Followers, a “fresh vision of God that draws us into a new way of being.” The first episode of the Creativity series features in-depth conversations between Troy Bronsink and Rev. Eric Elnes, Ph.D.. We explore how God’s rhythms are manifest in creative life that is as sincere, vibrant, and artful as it is faithful to the scriptures, and we present concrete ways to find connection with the Holy. ...