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Christmas Carol Challenge

By Jennifer Schwarz | December 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Challenge went out the week before Christmas: Does anybody know a good Christmas carol based on Mark’s version of Jesus’ birth? But alas, Mark doesn’t have a “birth narrative” on which to base a Christmas carol. So, we challenged LtQers to come up with a carol anyway! Thanks to Dennis Ryle, Squire John, and Marian L Shatto for their…

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Christmas Carols Based on Mark’s Birth Narrative

By Jennifer Schwarz | December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Anybody know a good Christmas carol based on Mark’s version of Jesus’ birth? You don’t? Well maybe we should write one! How’s this? “The No News Good News” A Christmas Carol According to Mark Tune: St. Louis (O Little Town of Bethlehem) Of Jesus’ birth we have no news, No details or anecdotes. It likely…

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Two more BRAND NEW Carols from OZ

By Jennifer Schwarz | December 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Thanks to everyone for their enthusiastic responses, shares, and praise for George Stuart’s lyrics! In response, George has written two BRAND NEW sets of lyrics.  More Christmas than Advent, one is to the tune of “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and the other is to the tune “The First Nowell.” In keeping with LtQ’s encouragement to actually…

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Seriously. A New (and Singable) Advent Hymn

By Jennifer Schwarz | December 5, 2014 | 1 Comment

More and more, practitioners of Progressive Christianity are speaking out about the beloved but threadbare hymns in current denominational hymnals. Most are intolerable. The rest are downright counter-productive to the foundations of 21st century faith. As George Stuart has noted, these traditional hymns use lyrics and words that “express ideas which singers no longer enthusiastically or…

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An Apocalyptic Advent to You and Yours

By Jennifer Schwarz | November 29, 2014 | 2 Comments

“Apocalyptic Awakening” By Bruce Sanguin (from If Darwin Prayed) O Holy One, we are a sleepy lot, slow to stir to the calling of the cosmos, deaf to the cries of the Earth and the forgotten ones, human and other-than-human. We distract ourselves with trivialities that have become idols; while the sun and the moon…

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Jesus is Coming. Look Busy!

By Jennifer Schwarz | May 20, 2011 | 2 Comments

LtQ2 contributor Rev. Dr. Barbara Rossing speaks for many rational followers of Jesus when she acknowledges that the rapture is nothing but fear-based spiritual abuse. Calling it the “rapture racket,” she points out how the rapture industry preys on desperate people frightened by unscrupulous and misguided teachers.  In Episode 13 of Living the Questions 2, “Debunking…

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“We Gonna Overcome”

By Jennifer Schwarz | January 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

Montgomery, Alabama. 1965. 100,000 people demonstrating for voting rights. Tex Sample was there. Finally the time came for Dr. King’s speech. I still regard that speech in Montgomery as the equal of the one that he had made in Washington in 1963. And when Dr. King enters into the last part of that speech, he began…

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Heather Murray Elkins on the Secret of Our Baptism

By Jennifer Schwarz | January 7, 2011 | 0 Comments

In this excerpt from the original Living the Questions program, Heather Murray Elkins shares a poignant story about the mystery and meaning of Christian baptism. The Rev. Dr. Heather Murray Elkins, teacher, author, and truck-stop chaplain, is Professor of Worship, Preaching, and the Arts at Drew Theological School.

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