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Articles by Bruce Hartung

Proper 29 • Colossians 1:13–20 • November 24, 2013
November 12, 2013 – 7:00 am | No Comment

By Bruce M. Hartung
An encouragement when preparing to preach on this text, the Epistle assigned for the Last Sunday of the Church Year: Read aloud and meditate on all the assigned readings for the day, praying that …

Proper 8 • Galatians 5:1, 13–25 • June 30, 2013
June 18, 2013 – 7:00 am | No Comment

By Bruce Hartung
Review some of the times in the New Testament that eleutherou is used in addition to Galatians 5. These include John 8:31b–32, “If you remain in my world you will truly be my …

The Science of Divorce
January 31, 2013 – 11:52 am | 14 Comments
The Science of Divorce

The new research on divorce and family change exposes a crisis. There are at least three things the church can do about it.

When the Empty Chair Talks Back
September 4, 2012 – 4:09 pm | 2 Comments
When the Empty Chair Talks Back

Clint Eastwood’s presentation at the Republican National Convention brought back memories of a technique in counseling. But he only went halfway.

Proper 13 • Exodus 16:2–15 • August 5, 2012
July 24, 2012 – 7:00 am | No Comment

By Bruce M. Hartung
It is an easy homiletical move to criticize and condemn the wandering children of Israel for their murmuring against Moses and Aaron, and for their less-than-robust confidence that Yahweh would, in fact, …

Second thoughts on the Supreme Court and church workers
February 9, 2012 – 11:30 am | One Comment
Second thoughts on the Supreme Court and church workers

How do we as a church protect our workers?

Holding Up the Prophet’s Hands
February 2, 2012 – 11:10 am | 2 Comments
Holding Up the Prophet’s Hands

Everybody wants their church workers to work, live, and learn well. But how does it happen without unintended consequences?

When social capital trumps theology
November 29, 2011 – 12:10 pm | 3 Comments
When social capital trumps theology

Robert Putnam’s substantive findings on religion and civic engagement give us more than enough food for thought.

Can religion and politics make us more civil?
November 21, 2011 – 2:18 pm | No Comment
Can religion and politics make us more civil?

E.J. Dionne raised the question at a recent lecture at nearby Washington University. Perhaps the better question to ask is this: Can I love my neighbor?

All Saints’ Day • Matthew 5:1–12 • November 6, 2011
August 7, 2011 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

By Bruce M. Hartung
Edward Blair suggested that Matthew’s understanding of salvation centered on “knowing, believing, being, and doing.”1 I have found that center point to be very helpful in meditating on, studying, and preaching on …