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How much time do we, as Christians, spend attempting to discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect? ... It’s amazing what silence will do for the soul. Communication doesn’t mean noise. And the failures of this world, the church, and each other don't mean that we shouldn't still strive for “thy kingdom come.”

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by Shane Claiborne

I moved to Philadelphia in 1993 — and I quickly began to see the world differently, with a new lens. My experiences with police have not been entirely negative, but each negative experience shattered my world and felt like a betrayal of trust.


I would rather have 50 people in church who then went out and touched 100 other people’s lives, than have 100 people in church that only touched 50. There is a world that is in desperate need of a Savior right outside the walls of the church. The time we spend in meetings or around the potluck lunch table talking about how big the church was in 1947 is wasting everyone’s time.

Rev. Al Sharpton speaks at Greater Grace Church in Florissant. Photo by Christia

Justice was a recurring theme as thousands of mourners packed the mammoth Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church on Monday for the funeral of Michael Brown

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Seeing Justice As Part of Discipleship — and Our Worship of God

We must not just seek justice but live justly. Justice work and just living are part of our discipleship. Justice contributes to our worship of God. Justice is worship.

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Controversial Seattle megachurch founder Mark Driscoll will step down for at least six weeks while church leaders review formal charges lodged by a group of pastors that he abused his power.

On The Blog

  • I’ve heard from many of my white friends and readers who say they aren’t sure how to respond to the anger and grief they are watching on TV or hearing from their black friends. They want to be part of the solution, but don’t know where start. ... I’m in the process of learning too, but as I’ve listened to people of color whose opinions I’ve trust, I’ve heard them issue several calls to action we can all heed
  • Over the past three weeks there have been four separate incidents that have led to the deaths of four unarmed black men at the hands of police. ... Each incident serves as a reminder that as a black man in America, my life holds little to no value in the eyes of the general public.
  • Rather than rally together as a family navigating a season of trauma, we have used this moment to divide, stir hatred and misunderstanding, point fingers, and more than anything, view those on the opposite side of an issue as less than human.
  • It is past time for an organized, persistent response to this over-militarization, and the lack of community input into police policy and practices. The overt abuse and outright murdering of innocents must stop.
  • I would challenge theology that suggests that prayer is a “cure” for any kind of suffering, but the fact remains that my ability to manage my anxiety rests in my relationship with God. Though I do not believe God wants us to suffer, I do believe God makes God’s presence known to us by abiding with us even in our darkest times.
  • A Muslim movement that says, “We are all Christians,” is subversive in the most daring of ways. It taunts the Islamic State and says to suffering neighbors, “Doctrine aside, we see your humanity. You should not be marked for extermination. If they’ve marked you, then we will mark ourselves. If they come for you, they can come for us, as well.”
  • If military action needs to be taken to protect civilians from further ISIS aggression, it should be multilateral not unilateral. American leadership no doubt will remain important, but the authorization for any forceful measures must come from the Security Council.
  • We need to (re)learn to be more human. And most importantly, remind yourself that YOU are loved. Not just merely by your loved ones but also by the ONE who created all that is good and beautiful.

In The Magazine

Featured Blog Series

Our newest blog series takes a deeper look at the hymns we sing on Sunday mornings. Do we realize how much worship imagery comes from God's creation? Take a look at our writers' expositions of popular worship songs. Read the series here