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Even in the Midst of Violence and Tragedy, Love Wins
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

As a mother, I want to raise brave kids who hear that message and know it to their toes. Everything is going to be all right. Love wins, as they say. I want them to be people who know that there is a bigger pi ...

Evangelical Author Sees 'Mormonizing' of America
Originally Posted: 07/18/2012 - 7:43am | Type: Blog

Stephen Mansfield, an evangelical author who has written widely about the faith of politicians, turns his attention to Mormons in his latest book, The Mormonizing of America. He talked with Religion News Servi ...

Is Alabama Shrine the Next Catholic Pilgrimage Site?
Originally Posted: 07/18/2012 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Could a Virgin Mary statue under a pine tree in the middle of a cow pasture in rural Alabama one day become an officially recognized international pilgrimage site of the Roman Catholic Churc ...

Faith in the Heavens, and Beyond
Originally Posted: 07/17/2012 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

A fascinating piece from The Atlantic looks at faith and spirituality amongst those who have travelled across our universe. A fascinating piece from The Atlantic looks at ...

A Higgs Boson Walks Into a Church ...
Originally Posted: 07/16/2012 - 1:37pm | Type: Blog

Thanks to Steve Knight for alerting me to this joke, which has become one of my instant favorites. After all, it combines two things I dig: nerd humor and theology (also nerdy). ...

Can Christianity Be Saved? A Response to Ross Douthat
Originally Posted: 07/16/2012 - 1:28pm | Type: Blog

So, Mr. Douthat asks, "Can Liberal Christianity Be Saved?" But I wonder: Can Liberal Churches Save Christianity? The twenty-first century has yet to answer that, but I think we may be surprised. ...

What the Numbers Say About Losing Our Religion
Originally Posted: 07/16/2012 - 5:43pm | Type: Blog

Among the list of U.S. institutions—banks, the medical system, the U.S. Supreme Court, Congress—where would you pin organized religion? Among the list of U.S. institutions—banks, ...

Public Jesus: How Churches Can Talk about Politics in an Election Year (Without Killing Each Other)
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 10:40am | Type: Blog

How can churches have a healthy conversation about politics in the middle of a national election without demonizing the opposition and causing disunity? Learning to speak as a Chr ...

Church No More: Part 3 — The 'C' Word
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 11:51am | Type: Blog

I have a confession.(That's rich, right? A minister confessing.) I have a hard time telling people I'm a minister. Yes, really. I actually tend to handle it this way: ...

Nine (Final) Christian Cliches to Avoid
Originally Posted: 07/10/2012 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

I have compiled a third (and most likely, final) list of cliches to avoid because, frankly, there were still so many worth noting that have yet to be addressed. I’ll offer a closing piece for this series tomor ...

Take From Me These Myths: A Prayer
Originally Posted: 07/10/2012 - 2:43pm | Type: Blog

Good and gracious God: Today, like the rest of the world, when I woke I wrapped myself in myths. They are comfortable and warming in what can seem like such a cold world. Yes, they are old and worn but they ...

Theophony: A Theremin, a Yurt and a Band of Holy Fools
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 1:23pm | Type: Blog

At the 2011 Burning Man, pastor Phil Wyman and his merry band of "crazy friends" built an art installation called "The Pillars of the Saints" — three meditation towers constructed of wood i ...

A Catholic Nun, A Teenage Girl, and Climate Justice
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

Communities across the globe are being affected by the impacts of climate change, from food insecurity to extreme temperatures, but those with more resources are better able to adapt. Climate change is having ...

Does a President's Faith Make Any Difference in How He Governs?
Originally Posted: 07/05/2012 - 10:44am | Type: Blog

CNN.com's John Blake reports: We elect a president every four years, but perhaps we also elect a high priest.  Ever since George Washington spontaneously added “so help me God” to his inaugural oath, Americans have expected their presi ...

Doctor, Will You Pray With Me?
Originally Posted: 07/05/2012 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

A new survey of medical patients found that prayer — with their physician — is for many an important part of the treatment process. According to American Medical News: About two-thirds of patients believe do ...

Faith (Not Pea Soup) Takes Center Stage in New 'Exorcist' Play
Originally Posted: 07/04/2012 - 10:52am | Type: Blog

LOS ANGELES — Mention the word “exorcism” to most people, and you get descriptions of levitating bodies, spinning heads, oozing green bile and hissing serpentine tongues. But don’t expect to see these eye-popp ...

Family Comes First for Fast-Growing Jehovah’s Witnesses
Originally Posted: 07/04/2012 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

Jehovah's Witnesses now have more than 1.1 million U.S. members and are one of the country's fastest-growing denominations, with personal evangelism required of all members. ...

Finding Faith in America's Most Secular City
Originally Posted: 07/04/2012 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

SEATTLE — In 1962, when my younger brother was just four years old, this city perched on the nation's northwest rim held a World's Fair that imagined a glistening future. Grounded in a vision of scie ...

Sister Joan Chittister's Stanford Baccalaureate Address
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 7:25pm | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: Sister Joan Chittister, the Benedictine Catholic sister, author and social justice stalwart, delivered the Baccalaureate address at Stanford University a few weeks ago. On God's Poltic ...

Wallis, McLaren, Schaeffer, Harper and Others on #OccupyTheology (VIDEO)
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 12:34pm | Type: Blog

Our friends at #OccupyTheology caught up with Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis, Brian McLaren, Sojourners' Director of Mobilizing Lisa Sharon Harper and others at the Wild Goose Festival to talk about the Occupy ...

Losing Touch With Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

It’s such an easy thing to do, To overshoot and lose touch with You; Surrounded by everyday anxieties,... It’s such an easy thing to do, To overshoot and lose touch with You; ...

Wild Goose 2012 Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

For the first hour I was there as I nearly passed out trying to set up a tent in the sweltering heat, I was in a panic mode wondering why I was stupid enough to subject myself to the discomfort and imperfectio ...

Former White Supremacist Sheds Hate, Embraces Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 5:26pm | Type: Blog

Two years ago, Chris Simpson led a white pride march. Six months ago, he abandoned the white supremacy movement. On April 15, he was baptized. RIVES TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Two years ag ...

Church No More: Part 2 — Church That Doesn't Steal Your Joy
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 11:48am | Type: Blog

I lost my joy. I suspect there are a few of you who feel the same way. Not that you aren't happy, but there is this deep place of celebratory joy which you once knew that really doesn't come around m ...

From the Mountaintop: A Closing Liturgy from the Wild Goose Festival
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 2:16pm | Type: Blog

It is necessary that we take time while on the mountaintop to reflect on all that God has given us in this special place. To imagine the implications of these truths, these questions, these stories on how we w ...

Colorado Springs and the Wrath of an Angry God
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 1:10pm | Type: Blog

Colorado Springs really must have angered God. I’m not sure what the city's residents have done, but He has to have a reason for burning up homes and possessions. One thing we know: God sends messages thr ...

Health Care and Judgment Day (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 8:54am | Type: Blog

One-hundred years after Teddy Roosevelt pressed for a national health care program — the Supreme Court has levied its judgment: States can opt out, but they cannot prevent the nation from offering its citizens ...

The Affordable Care Act: Without a Vision, the People Perish
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 9:32am | Type: Blog

While I appreciate the political analysis and the importance of political processes to the wellbeing of the United States, I believe that a majority of coverage has missed one of the most remarkable points of ...

Life in Translation
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 8:52am | Type: Blog

I have been thinking about the church of my youth. I have been remembering, if you will, as a guy who has read too much Updike (I'll never forgive him for the Rabbit books) might remember his youth. ...

Michelle Obama Addresses Leaders at the African Methodist Episcopal Church Conference
Originally Posted: 06/28/2012 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

Today, as President Obama followed the monumental decision of the Supreme Court to uphold the Affordable Care Act, his wife, Michelle Obama addresses an assembly of 30,000 leaders and laity at the African Meth ...

How the Wild Goose Cured My Heebie-Jeebies
Originally Posted: 06/28/2012 - 8:04am | Type: Blog

I imagined the spaces and places other than church that might be out there for churchless people “like me.” Bars? Starbucks? Soccer games? Bars? (Sorry, did I mention 'bars' already? I get a bit dist ...

With God Some Things Never Change
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 9:48am | Type: Blog

Peace is better than war. Good of the whole is better than whims of a few. God wants everybody — red, yellow, black, brown and white taken care of. God wants true community, more togetherness … not more separa ...

When All the Church Can Say Is 'I'm Sorry'
Originally Posted: 07/01/2012 - 12:43pm | Type: Blog

The whole experience was exhilarating, partly because it started out being utterly terrifying. It could have gone very differently, and in a different context, it still might. But that doesn’t mean that more p ...

The Death of Cynicism
Originally Posted: 06/28/2012 - 12:09am | Type: Blog

I knew I was cynical, but I didn’t know I was about to die from my cynicism. Then I went to the Wild Goose Festival. I wasn’t healed there. Just the opposite. I was playfully wooed to mourn the passing of my y ...

To Know, To Love, To Heal
Originally Posted: 06/27/2012 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

What does Jesus’ encounters with a desperate, suffering woman and a young girl believed to be dead have to do with America’s love of freedom and fireworks? Fifth Sunday After Pe ...

Toward an Evangelical Peace Movement
Originally Posted: 06/27/2012 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

Given the historical record, it may seem the deck is stacked against American evangelicals organizing into a comprehensive peace movement — yet that’s exactly what’s happening. Bi ...

Heat, Hope, & Hootenanny: The Holy Spirit Gets Cooking At Wild Goose
Originally Posted: 06/26/2012 - 5:42pm | Type: Blog

Without a doubt, the blossoming and beckoning of the Wild Goose movement in North America heralds a bright radical future for today’s Jesus followers bringing the kingdom come. On ...

Wild Goose Heaven Is Our Answer to Hate
Originally Posted: 06/26/2012 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

The second Wild Goose Festival has just ended. I left a piece of my heart in the hills of North Carolina. Ahead is the third WG fest at the end of August in Portland OR. And then there will be next year and th ...

Love Greater Than Our Differences: Christian Piatt's Interview on ChurchNext
Originally Posted: 06/21/2012 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

I spoke with Chris Yaw recently, host of an online program called ChurchNext. On it, he has dialogues with a number of church leaders about the current state of organized religion, the changing face of Christi ...

Immigration: Unity, Morality and Common Sense
Originally Posted: 06/14/2012 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

Tuesday was a big day. Nearly 150 evangelical leaders signed onto an “Evangelical Statement of Immigration Reform.” Instead of ideology, we came together because of morality and common sense. And that’s what l ...

Activism, Slacktivism or Distractivism?
Originally Posted: 06/13/2012 - 1:59pm | Type: Blog

I struggle to know how much is enough. I hear about Joseph Kony and the many children he’s exploited as child soldiers. I get angry, discouraged. I write about it, talk to friends about it. And then my life ke ...

Church No More: Part 1 — Walking Away From Church
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

This minister is walking away from church — well, at least for the next three months. I'm rewriting the old African-American spiritual “Down By the Riverside.” (Don't ...

Anne Lamott's Commencement Speech at U.C. Berkely: 'You Are Not Your Bank Account ... You Are Spirit.'
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

Author Anne Lamott, one of our favorite Jesus-loving subversives, recently delivered the undergraduate and interdisciplinary studies commencement address at the University of California at Berkeley. ...

Wisconsin: Time to Speak the Truth, Not Move On
Originally Posted: 06/06/2012 - 4:07pm | Type: Blog

The threats to the poor and the central city are just as real this morning as they were yesterday. The cry of the oppressed still rings out in Milwaukee and Racine, Green Bay and Madison. This is not a moment ...

Missional Church: A Paper Revolution
Originally Posted: 06/06/2012 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

Sometimes we want to believe that a new ad campaign, worship service or big, expensive mission trip will give us the charge we need to turn things around in the church. But what if the real revolutions take pl ...

Young Snake Handlers Grasp the Power of Faith
Originally Posted: 06/05/2012 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

Hamblin, 21, pastor of Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette, Tenn., is part of a new generation of serpent-handling Christians who are revitalizing a century-old faith tradition in Tennessee. ...

Church Sign Epic Fails: Volume XVI
Originally Posted: 06/03/2012 - 2:08pm | Type: Blog

Sweet 16 and never been theologically on point. Got some good ones this week. Enjoy. Sweet 16 and never been theologically on point. Got some good ones this week. Enjoy. ...

Is Technology Good For Religion?
Originally Posted: 06/01/2012 - 1:47pm | Type: Blog

Technology can greatly enhance religious practice. Writing for  The Washington Post ,  Lisa Miller  says yes: "Technology can greatly enhance religious practice. ...

Snake Handling, Stigmata and Testing God
Originally Posted: 06/01/2012 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

Faith is an orientation toward something rather than an arrival at it. Faith is a daily practice, not a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Yet we continue to try to define God, faith and the Bible on our own terms ...

Chronicling Belief's Strange Wonders
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 2:00pm | Type: Magazine Article

Brittany Shoot Sweet Heaven When I Die: Faith, Faithlessness, and the country in Between by Jeff Sharlet. WIT ...