Welcome to the Girardian Virtual Bible Study! Each week we explore the lectionary passage with the help of René Girard’s insights into human relationships. The Raven Foundation will be taking a break…
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About Adam Ericksen
Adam Ericksen is the Education Director at the Raven Foundation. He is a writer and frequent speaker at conferences and churches. His articles have been featured in Time Magazine and Sojourners. Adam recently delivered the Baccalaureate Address at his alma mater, Linfield College. In his writings, Adam explores the intersections of mimetic theory, current events, religion, and popular culture.
Entries by Adam Ericksen
Are there some religious teachings we should doubt? Should doubt the existence of hell? Join Rev. Adam Ericksen as he puts hell in its proper context.
How can churches and other nonprofits take flight? How can we navigate the turbulence of conflict? Join Adam Ericksen as he talks with Cameron Trimble, pilot and CEO of the Center for Progressive Renewal, about her book, “Piloting Church”!
There were many resurrection stories in the ancient world. What makes Jesus’ resurrection different? Rev. Adam Ericksen explores in his latest sermon.
Why is it called “Good Friday”? Didn’t something terribly bad happen on that day? Join Lindsey and Adam as they discuss the implications of “Good Friday.”
In the same way Jesus wept over the great city of Jerusalem, Jesus weeps over Washington DC because as a nation we refuse to recognize the things that make for peace.
God is creating a new pattern of being human. Don’t remember the old laws that divided “us from them.” The prophet Isaiah said God is including those who were excluded by laws. Jesus agreed.
Isaiah claimed God was doing something new. What’s this new thing? It’s a movement from violence to nonviolence. Check out the latest episode of GVBS to learn more about this radical new thing!
Are you like the prodigal son? Or more like the resentful brother? Have you ever been the forgiving father? Join Lindsey and Adam as they discuss one of the most important stories in the Bible – the Parable of the Prodigal Son.
The following is a sermon I preached at Clackamas United Church of Christ, near Portland, Oregon. You can read or watch the sermon below. The primary scripture texts were Isaiah 55:1-9…
The Wicked Truth
The Thinking Person’s Guide to The Wildly Successful Broadway Musical
Employing political, social, and historical examples against the backdrop of the musical Wicked, The Wicked Truth: When Good People Do Bad Things explores the ways in which modern society is not so different than the mythical land of Oz, challenging the very framework of our culture, our understanding of Good and Evil, as well as our sense of right and wrong. Written by Raven Foundation Co-Founder Suzanne Ross.
Tangles of Desire
In her second book, The Wicked Truth About Love: The Tangles of Desire, Raven Foundation Co-Founder Suzanne Ross examines the trials and travails of romantic love through the lens of mimetic theory.
On the page, you can watch videos, take a quiz, download music, read a chapter of the book, and discover your romantic pattern. It's wicked fun!
Illustrations by Susan Drawbaugh of Wee Five Designs.