September 21, 2019

The Limits of Social and Political Activism

Richard Beck’s continuing series on his journey to becoming “post-progressive” includes a critique of progressive Christianity’s priority of political activism and social justice. Beck knows that there is a great deal of support in the biblical story for this emphasis, and thinks it appropriate that this is an emphasis for Chrsitian faith and practice. “Building […]

A Confusion of Place and Time

The essential mistake in most Christian eschatology, as it is presented and understood, especially in popular, grassroots Christianity, involves a confusion of place and time. To most Christians, the most vital issue is what happens to us after we die. And the most crucial question about the afterlife is where will we go? Common answers […]

Nadia Bolz-Weber on the Apocalypse

Tell me what you think. I’m not sure the “MeToo” movement, etc., is the only or best illustration of her point, but I do think Nadia Bolz-Weber nails the meaning and intent of biblical apocalyptic literature in this clip. “The dominant powers are not the ultimate powers.” This is the message and the hope of […]

Another Look: “If Only I Could See the Shore”

“No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home.”  ― L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz • • • I was listening to an interview with someone […]

On Resurrection and Eternal Life (7)

Note from CM: As a hospice chaplain, my work revolves around supporting the dying and their families. I officiate many funerals. I deal with questions about death and what happens after people die. I am asked regularly about mysteries beyond our human experience in this life. Today, we come back to see more of what […]

A Question from a Friend: About Purgatory and Being “With the Lord”

Note from CM: I get emails with lots of questions, and I received one from a good friend the other day. Here is the query and how I answered it. How would you have responded? • • • Question: Hi Chaplain Mike, I miss our religion discussions. Do you believe that when a person dies, […]

On Resurrection and Eternal Life (6)

Note from CM: As a hospice chaplain, my work revolves around supporting the dying and their families. I officiate many funerals. I deal with questions about death and what happens after people die. I am asked regularly about mysteries beyond our human experience in this life. After a recent break, we are now getting back […]

On Resurrection and Eternal Life (5)

Note from CM: As a hospice chaplain, my work revolves around supporting the dying and their families. I officiate many funerals. I deal with questions about death and what happens after people die. I am asked regularly about mysteries beyond our human experience in this life. We’ve had a break for some time, but it’s […]

On Resurrection and Eternal Life (4)

As a hospice chaplain, my work revolves around supporting the dying and their families. I officiate many funerals. I deal with questions about death and what happens after people die. I am asked regularly about mysteries beyond our human experience in this life. On Mondays we are delving into this subject, considering what Gerhard Lohfink […]

On Resurrection and Eternal Life (3)

As a hospice chaplain, my work revolves around supporting the dying and their families. I officiate many funerals. I deal with questions about death and what happens after people die. I am asked regularly about mysteries beyond our human experience in this life. On Mondays we are delving into this subject, starting with Gerhard Lohfink […]