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Cuts to Food Stamps Flout Gospel Message
Originally Posted: 12/12/2013 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

In his first Advent address, Pope Francis directed Christians to be guided by the “Magnificat,” Mary’s song of praise for the coming Christ child. She proclaims that God has “lifted up the lowly and filled the ...

Why the Church is the Best Place for a Pussy Riot
Originally Posted: 08/30/2012 - 4:24pm | Type: Blog

As a faith-based community organizer, I spend a great majority of my time trying to get political issues into the church so that the gospel can be relevant to the reality of those on and off the pews. Therefor ...

Protestant Preaching Prof on Solidarity with U.S. Catholic Nuns
Originally Posted: 05/17/2012 - 7:21am | Type: Blog

Then she noted that when Elizabeth saw Mary, the baby leapt in her womb in recognition of Jesus – a sign that women often come to theology through the experiences of their bodies. 
Lundblad said wryly, “Surel ...

The Gospel According to Charles Dickens: Lifting Up the Lowly
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 5:26am | Type: Blog

The fact that the manger was “lowly,” was no mistake. Swaddling clothes were not meant for new born king’s, and yet they were the perfect garment for the situation. An unwed virgin carrying God incarnate is no ...

The Real War on Christmas ... by Fox News
Originally Posted: 12/15/2011 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

The real Christmas announces the birth of Jesus to a world of poverty, pain, and sin, and offers the hope of salvation and justice. The Fox News Christmas heralds the steady promotion of consumerism, the defe ...

The War on Christmas: Hide the Baby Jesus!
Originally Posted: 12/06/2011 - 2:38pm | Type: Blog

When the AFA equates wrestling with botanical nomenclature to a “War on Christmas,” it perpetuates the prevailing cultural myth that Christmas is about “stuff.” The opening shot w ...

The Gospel Should Be Offensive
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 7:53am | Type: Blog

Before Jesus was born, his mother Mary predicted that he would offend some people. In the Magnificat she sang: "He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the pow ...

God and Class Warfare
Originally Posted: 09/27/2011 - 9:30pm | Type: Blog

The hot phrase in Washington, D.C., this week is "class warfare." The hot phrase in Washington, D.C., this week is "class warfare." Paul Ryan, John Boehner ...

Why Christians Should Be Biased
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Make no mistake, Christians should be biased. I know there has been a lot of conversation in the past few years about Christians cleaning up their image. We are often known more for our prejudices than princi ...

Preaching the Whole Magnificat
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Again this Wednesday we joined the broader church in singing vespers, the evening prayer which always includes Mary's song, the Magnificat. Again this Wednesday we joined the ...

Contemplating Feminine Incarnation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | 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, Mary, and Sudan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The season of Advent always invites me to contemplate many facets of Christianity: the contrast between what God extols versus the world's values, the power of patience, and the strength of hope ...