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Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 9:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Marilyn Seven Wizards! Caspar! Melchior! Balthasar! Why fly straight to Fox Herod? Through Unbounded night—! Bringing only news Ripe for bloodletting. How black a star You foll ...

How I Learned That Feminism Isn’t Disconnected From Faith
Originally Posted: 09/30/2014 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

One of the most interesting conversations at the Berkley Center focused on the desire for power in feminist discourse. In some ways, the feminist aspiration for power in terms of fiscal gain only perpetuates t ...

Seeing and Believing at Easter Time
Originally Posted: 04/14/2014 - 10:07am | Type: Blog

Even in these festive moments, many people express insecurity regarding the quality of their own believing. Easter Sunday marks the holiest, most exalted moment of the Christian ...

When Christmas Gets Real
Originally Posted: 12/19/2013 - 11:10am | 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 - 10:22am | 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. ...

Your Christmas Card Is False Advertising (Unless It Speaks of Sedition)
Originally Posted: 12/11/2013 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

Christmas cards may not fully be able to convey is the magnitude of Christ’s birth. Maybe the magnitude of this truly cataclysmic event is better depicted with words. And maybe there are no greater words then ...

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 9:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Philip Metres If Advent is a time / of waiting, of joyful anticipation, why are we / so often troubled? The c ...

Proclaiming Souls
Originally Posted: 10/08/2013 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

Last week, social media were alive with speculations of terrorism, domestic or international, with connections between [the D.C. incident] and the government shutdown, with any number of theories about gun vio ...

On Scripture: Can We Speak of God’s Activity, in Triumph or Tragedy?
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 9:40am | Type: Blog

Certain Christians seem compelled to speak for God in disorienting moments like these, and the results are frequently terrible. The rest of the church has a responsibility to get angry and repudiate the statem ...

Christmas’ Missing Icon: Mary Breastfeeding Jesus
Originally Posted: 12/12/2012 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

At its heartwarming core, Christmas is the story of a birth: the tender relationship between a new mother and her newborn child. At its heartwarming core, Christmas is the story ...

The Annunciation – A Divinely Human Moment
Originally Posted: 12/03/2012 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

The beautiful anonymity and soft innocence of a young girl in Nazareth would be stripped by an angelic visitation. Who could ever envision the global veneration soon to commence? ...

Χριστός ἀνέστη: Christos Anesti! He is Risen!
Originally Posted: 04/08/2012 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

The Gospel of St. Matthew, Chapter 28 (The Message) After the Sabbath, as the first light of the new week dawned, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to keep vigil at the tomb. Suddenly the earth reeled and rocked under their feet as God ...

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 Immigrant Days of Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/22/2011 - 12:13pm | 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 ...

An Advent Reflection: Being a Hospitality House
Originally Posted: 12/19/2011 - 7:26am | Type: Blog

We’re a house of hospitality when we learn to wait, when we learn to open ourselves to grace, when we let love transform us, one relationship at a time. Before Leah and I moved to ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Monday, Nov. 28, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/28/2011 - 4:54pm | Type: Blog

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Monday, Nov. 28, 2011 Dunder Mifflin Paper Company , the fictional employer of Dwight Schrute, Pam Beasley, and the rest of the Office gang, ...

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 ...

Inspired by Rosa Parks, Israeli and Palestinian Women Take a Swim
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

An account in The New York Times by Ethan Bronner reports that Israeli women and West Bank Palestinian women and girls have once again broken Israeli laws. http://creativecommon ...

What's in a Name?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Whether we realize it or not, names matter. Ask Barack Hussein Obama, whose infamous middle name has led xenophobic adversaries to question his citizenship. Whether we realize it ...

My Other Calling? Coaching Jack and Luke
Originally Posted: 08/06/2011 - 8:28am | Type: Blog

My iPhone died and I didn't even care. A cooler full of water and ice was dumped on my head, which soaked not only me, but also my phone. My older son Luke's Little League team, called the Nationals, ...

Rediscovering Values for Lent: The Power of Grief
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/rediscovering-values-for-lent/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> [Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be pos ...

We Three Kings of Orient Are (Not in the Bible): An Epiphany Sermon
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I have a pastor friend who collects a lot of cr&egrave;che scenes. He especially likes really bad ones. I have a pastor friend who collects a lot of crèche scenes. He especi ...

Is Women's Leadership in the Church a Primary Issue?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

If you are concerned about the question of gender and Christian faith you have probably heard someone say, "Yes, the woman's question is important, but it is not a 'primary issue.'" Wh ...

World-Renowned Peacemaker Art Gish Dies
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100729-artgish.jpg"></a>Art and Peggy Gish are career peace, civil rights, and human rights activists who embody the motto of their primary a ...

Further Reflections on the Biblical Ruth as an 'Illegal Immigrant'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | 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 ...

We are Exiles Who Follow an Alien, Undocumented, Migrant Messiah
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://ryanrodrickbeiler.smugmug.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally-2010/12041094_aXpkQ#855070806_wCQFN"></a>There's a scene in the film <a href= ...

The Cross, Easter, and the 'They' Narrative
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The <em>other </em>has been a philosophical idea with a rich history. The other has been a philosophical idea with a rich history. The idea is how do individuals r ...

Ruth Was a Moabite 'Illegal' Immigrant
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | 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 Balancing Act of a Successful Woman
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Hollywood isn't real life, but when real life (mine and the lives of the actors) and Hollywood converge it is great fodder for thinking and conversation. Peter and I can't stop talking about ...

So I'm a Heretic
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0385504225?ie=UTF8&amp;amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;amp;linkCode=as2&amp;amp;camp=1789&amp;amp;creative=390957&amp;amp;creativeASIN=03 ...

Listening for the Call to Service
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>After college I completed a year of service with <a href="http://www.publicallies.org/site/c.liKUL3PNLvF/b.3158921/k.D04A/New_York.htm">Public Allies New York,</a> an <a href= ...

Haiti and the Wedding at Cana
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

My family and I returned from vacation Tuesday to news reports of the devastation in Haiti. My family and I returned from vacation Tuesday to news reports of the devastation in Ha ...

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 Echoes: Checkpoints and Childbirth on a West Bank Winter Night
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | 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 ...

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 ...

Celebrating Singleness with a Biblical Perspective
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/gallery/7664262_f2SVv#494818117_uXdMB"></a>I graduated from a wonderful Christian college about a year ago, and it was a great experienc ...

A Woman's Right to Fish
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. <em>If you teach his wife how to fish, you feed the whole family for a lifetime</em>. ...

Women Preachers Strengthened by God
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

"Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord." (1 Corinthians 1:31, NRSV)</p> "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord." (1 Corinthians 1:31, NRSV) H ...

The Biblical Truth about Gender
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I heard a preacher once say, "Don't let facts blind you to the truth." What did he mean? Facts, misunderstood or taken out of context, can take us further away from, rather than closer to, truth ...

'Women Should Remain Silent'?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Many of us were raised in churches that taught that women should be silent in the church because of the teachings of Paul in 1 Corinthians 14:34. Many of us were raised in churche ...

Women Leaders in the Early Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Look at these astonishing verses from Romans 16.</p> Look at these astonishing verses from Romans 16. I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church at Cen ...

My Advent Calendar: December 23
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | 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> ...

My Advent Calendar: December 22
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>As the days grow shorter, darker, and colder, our longing for the light intensifies. In these length ...

Border Walls Keep Out Mary and Baby
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

She walks the trails until her ankles swell and her back pulsates with pain. She walks the trails until her ankles swell and her back pulsates with pain. Her abdomen, swollen with ...

Mary's Song: A Poem
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

Dark times<br /> Regime change.<br /> "How are we gonna make it?"<br /> "How are we gonna live?"<br /> Tomorrow?</p> <p>Fear for breakfast<br /> Tr ...

A Look at Mary in August
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

My wife and I are starting the book of Luke for our devotional reading this week. The whole Christmas story comes up so fast, and it is a bit strange to consider the story in August. ...

Untimely Pregnant
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Mary and Elizabeth teach hope in bitter times. For many years I wore a necklace with a holy ...

Choosing the Better Part
Originally Posted: 06/23/2014 - 10:33am | Type: Magazine Article

Chris Rice With our family's move last year from urban Jackson, Mississippi, to small-town Vermont, I exchanged the blackest state f ...