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ON Scripture: Acknowledging our Divine Positioning
Originally Posted: 08/11/2014 - 2:39pm | Type: Blog

When confronted with the uncomfortable presence of so many relegated to the social margins of our society, we tend to shrink inward lest the enormity of life’s injustices overwhelm us. When we hear of another ...

On Scripture: Our Dysfunctional Families
Originally Posted: 08/04/2014 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

Before I knew God, I knew Joseph. Before I knew God, I knew Joseph. If you grew up in the 80s, like I did, there’s a decent chance that your earliest knowledge of Joseph’s stor ...

When Christmas Gets Real
Originally Posted: 12/19/2013 - 12:10pm | Type: Blog

Examining the Christmas story in this realistic light, it seems not a story that isolates, but a story for the isolated. Our stories are not picturesque or sanitized or even comfortable. And yet, ours are the ...

On Scripture: #firstcenturyproblems (Matthew 1:18-25)
Originally Posted: 12/16/2013 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

As Matthew 1:18-25 demonstrates, today’s poor are more likely to be struggling with #firstcenturyproblems than they are #firstworldproblems, and, in this, they find solidarity with Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. ...

The Bible and Movies and Violence – Oh My!
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Why is there so much violence in the Bible? Because human history shows that we have a tendency to be violent. Yet violence is not inevitable. As the Bible struggles with its own violence, it also reveals that ...

The Immigrant Days of Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/22/2011 - 1:13pm | Type: Blog

Unaccounted for in the empire, baby Jesus’ first movement in this world was a government-evading trek through the desert by night. I noticed this Christmas season, for the first t ...

Friday Links Round Up: The One Percent. Dear Fork. Budget Cuts.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

The One Percent. Dear Fork. Budget Cuts. Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week. The One Percent. Dear Fork. Budget Cuts. Here� ...

We Three Kings of Orient Are (Not in the Bible): An Epiphany Sermon
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I have a pastor friend who collects a lot of crèche scenes. He especially likes really bad ones. I have a pastor friend who collects a lot of crèche scenes. He especi ...

Further Reflections on the Biblical Ruth as an 'Illegal Immigrant'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In March, I wrote a <a href="http://aarondtaylor.blogspot.com/2010/03/ruth-was-illegal-immigrant-so-does-that.html">piece</a> praising the Biblical character Boaz for showing compassion ...

Christians, Jews, and Good Friday
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As a Christian, I have a high level of sensitivity toward Jews, of a never-ending sense to be protective of their religion As a Christian, I have a high level of sensitivity towa ...

Ruth Was a Moabite 'Illegal' Immigrant
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Immigration-Reform-March-for/11589736_fEmWi#816811802_XDKLQ"></a>Every once in a while I get an "aha" mom ...

The Jewish Roots of Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

I was intrigued recently over a <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Law/divorce-battle-joseph-reyes-faces-jail-baptizing-daughter-church/story?id=9845919" target="_blank">story</a&g ...

The Flight to Egypt and the Continuing Challenges of Refugees
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>E<a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598797936_nbwfz"></a>piphany has passed as well as Coptic Christmas earlier in January ...

Contemplating Feminine Incarnation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>At church on a recent Sunday we were encouraged to find ways to see the world differently this week. Change our routine and change our perspective to help us get out of the rut of going through life w ...

Advent Echoes: Checkpoints and Childbirth on a West Bank Winter Night
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>Although Hani Abu Haikal is a Muslim, he probably can identify with the sense of panic Joseph and Mary must have felt as they searc ...

Liberty in North Korea
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

It's been more than a week since journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee returned to American soil, and the entire world is waiting on baited breath to hear their stories. It ...

My Advent Calendar: December 23
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a> This morning's window opened to a picture of Joseph, Mary's husband and Jesus' earthly father.</p> ...