Living Buddha, Living Christ

Recently, I had the opportunity to discuss a book that was seminal to my personal faith journey and deconstructing the fundamentalism I'd been a part of for multiple decades. The book is entitled, Living Buddha, Living Christ by Zen master Thich Naht Hanh. Join me and host Michelle Collins as we discuss orthopraxy, certitude, and …

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Jubilee > Business as usual

Despite the dire warnings from public health officials and what is known from historians of earlier pandemics like the so-called "Spanish Flu" pandemic of one hundred years ago, there is a chorus of voices calling for states to reopen to economic activity. The current occupant of the White House has once again resorted to incendiary …

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Looking back and forward with eyes of grace.

It's that time of the year when we arbitrarily flip the calendar to a new year. This time we are also entering a new decade with what I hope is twenty-twenty vision - pun intended. As I look back on a decade fraught with emotionally eviscerating pain, I want to remind myself that there were …

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Mary started it: An Advent reflection

"Why are you making Jesus political?" "The social gospel proponents don't care about individual salvation, and that's what Jesus was all about." Interacting online is something that I do as a public theologian and I often see questions and statements like those above while perusing the internet. A major, if not THE major, theme of …

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Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus: An Advent reflection

When it comes to perusing Biblical scripture, genealogies hardly make for scintillating reading, but that's what we tucked into last Sunday night at Ember Faith Community in Lancaster, PA. To the uninitiated, genealogies can come across as tedious lists of difficult to pronounce names that at first glance do not hold any real theological importance. …

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