Canadian pastor Brian Arthur Brown presents the sacred scriptures of four Eastern faith traditions alongside critical essays about the texts.
Life of Faith
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American Christianity has faced theological-political crises before. Repeatedly, visions of what is possible for the nation have fallen short of reality. In the past, periods of change pushed faithful people to reconsider what they believed, not only about the nation but also about the meaning of God’s call to justice. In each critical moment, for good or ill, Americans altered their religious views, and the horizon of what was possible expanded or contracted. In revolutionary America, disunity resulted from debates over whether faith required obedience to the king or a revolt.
Belief in the incarnation places suffering bodies within the realm of Christian responsibility.
What’s a miracle? How can we (frail human creatures that we are!) separate contingency—what’s possible but unpredictable, an event that seems unlikely or unintended—from miracle?
Even in the jagged edges of life, God’s glory shines. And we are the cultivators of this glory.
The cross is anything but a success story. Failure and disappointment are at the heart of Christianity.
By summer, the plants are working overtime. It's a wonder we don't have as many words for green as the Inuit have for snow.
You were thrilled to enter the crawl space, but also frightened. There was a chance of snakes.
"Belief is not the 'substance of things hoped for.' Faith is."
On Sunday, after a tragic week of race-related killings in Dallas, Minneapolis, and Baton Rouge, I took a seat in my white evangelical middle-class megachurch in central Pennsylvania. I didn’t know what to expect, but as the sermon began I found myself pleasantly surprised. My pastor used his scheduled sermon on the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25–37) to address the issue of race in America.