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Woman Crusades to Save Sister’s Life, End the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 10/29/2012 - 4:53pm | Type: Blog

SPOKANE, Wash. -- They stood in front of a shopping mall, shackled together, heads down, nameplates dangling around their necks, bearing the names of men and women who have died on America’s death row. Cal Bro ...

Rob Bell Is @&^*!ing With Me: Part, The Third
Originally Posted: 10/26/2012 - 1:28pm | Type: Blog

Reentry is often a pain in my ass. It's true. I get a chance to get away from it all, to spend some time with friends and begin to unwind and it's glorious. But then there's the return trip ho ...

Five New Christian Clichés to Avoid
Originally Posted: 10/26/2012 - 12:56pm | Type: Blog

I was pretty amazed by the popularity of the first lists of Christian clichés I created (linked at the bottom of this article). I think it was because so many Christians saw themselves somewhere in the list an ...

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
Originally Posted: 10/26/2012 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Eric and Ruth Brown believe nothing about daughter Pearl Joy's life is a mistake. They say God gave Pearl her bright red hair and wide blue eyes, as well as the genetic disorder that c ...

Accompanied by Nones
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 1:55pm | Type: Blog

As I write this reflection, there are numerous women and men who continue to wrestle with massive questions surrounding spirituality, faith, diverse concepts of God, and the ever-changing role of religion in t ...

Millennials' Reflections on the New American Values Survey
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

On Tuesday, the religion, policy, and politics project at Brookings and the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) hosted a forum to release PRRI's fourth American Values Survey (AVS), a large national ...

Daddy’s Top Ten Childbirth Freak-Outs (Pt. 2)
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

#5. Delivery complications: Amy was a real trooper when Mattias was born, but nothing about it was easy. Actually he and I had eerily similar experiences making our way into the world. We both were exactly the ...

Walk On The Ocean: Rob Bell, Day 2
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 7:53pm | Type: Blog

Toad the Wet Sprocket was playing in my head. "Walk on the ocean..." but this wasn't some 1990's melancholia. Instead it was an invitation. I didn't want to swim, though I love it. I d ...

Daddy’s Top Ten Childbirth Freak-Outs (Pt. 1 of 2)
Originally Posted: 10/24/2012 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

“What’s your greatest fear about having another baby?” I don’t think Amy was just goading me when she asked me this back in the early stages of impending double fatherhood, but she knows we’re both pretty goo ...

Rob Bell Is @&^*!ing With Me (#FTW)
Originally Posted: 10/24/2012 - 12:51pm | Type: Blog

Are we listening to the invitation to participate in what the Holy is up to? It's a spiritual posture...a social, relational, political, ecclesial posture. It's a way to share in everything and to pu ...

Two Reasons I'm Not A 'None'
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 5:23pm | Type: Blog

It’s not surprising that a third of my peers say they are religiously unaffiliated. Our religious lives are too complex these days to fit in neat boxes with one-word labels. I may be a “Christian,” but does t ...

Values of a Public Faith (Part 3)
Originally Posted: 10/22/2012 - 11:10am | Type: Blog

This is part three of a three-part series from Dr. Miroslav Volf an a voice instructing us how to involve our values into our present politcal debates. Editor's Note:  ...

Meet the Nones: From Pastor to Unaffiliated
Originally Posted: 10/19/2012 - 2:30pm | Type: Blog

The truth is I am one of growing number of people who choose not to affiliate with any organized religion. I am a “none,” and my journey to “none” started a long before I left for seminary. ...

Values of a Public Faith (Part 1)
Originally Posted: 10/18/2012 - 3:33pm | Type: Blog

In this year of presidential elections, I have decided to summarize key values that guide me as I decide for whom to cast my vote. There are three basic elements of choosing a candidate for public office respo ...

Young Evangelicals and the 'Nones'
Originally Posted: 10/18/2012 - 1:02pm | Type: Blog

Young evangelicals are changing, and so is what it means to be an evangelical, or Christian at all, in our country today. And it is exactly the kind of Christianity that they are living out which might, just m ...

First Thoughts: Living With Abundant Anxiety
Originally Posted: 10/18/2012 - 8:11am | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: Theologian extraordinnaire Tripp Hudgins put together this edition of First Thoughts on living with abundance, butting up against living with anxiety. Edi ...

Ethiopian Orthodoxy, Tawahedo, and 'Being Made One'
Originally Posted: 10/23/2012 - 9:36pm | Type: Blog

LAKE TANA, Ethiopia — We finally returned to the boats, where the rest of our group was waiting patiently, and on our journey back to Bahir Dar, I began thinking about pilgrimage and how, perhaps, what you bel ...

A Sermon on Hacking Off Our Own Limbs for Jesus
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 1:12pm | Type: Blog

Were I one for object lessons I’d have brought a nice sharp axe with me into the pulpit today. Because it’s only once in awhile that we get to hear Jesus talk about brutal self-mutilation as a sign of disciple ...

Meet the Nones: Pouring Out Love
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 11:08am | Type: Blog

Whether there is a God or not, pouring as much love into the world as I can will leave the place better than I found it. And if there is a God who resembles what ancient humans set down in the Bible, so much t ...

Faith, the Poor, and Politics: A New Album by Josh Schicker
Originally Posted: 10/16/2012 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

I couldn’t resist: I heard that a singer/songwriter in Atlanta was coming out with an album titled, Faith, the Poor, and Politics. Josh Schicker currently serves as Worship Leader in Mission at North Avenue Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. He ...

Because He Loved Us: A Call to Action
Originally Posted: 10/16/2012 - 2:03pm | Type: Blog

In a world that seems completely and irrevocably divorced from the teachings of Christ, where in contemporary society is there a place for the Christian voice? In a world that see ...

Meet the Nones: PBS Takes a Closer Look (Part 1)
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 12:29pm | Type: Blog

PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly has launched a new mini-series on the rise of the unaffiliated. PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly has launched a new mini-series on the ...

Bhutan Bans Religious Activities Ahead of Elections
Originally Posted: 10/16/2012 - 10:35am | Type: Blog

Political leaders in the tiny Buddhist nation of Bhutan have announced a nearly six-month ban on all public religious activities ahead of the upcoming elections, citing the Himalayan nation's constitution ...

The Nones: Saving Perfection
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 1:04pm | Type: Blog

We domesticate Jesus so easily when he's actually calling us to is something rather wild and unpredictable. Jesus is calling us to leave all of our security behind. Jesus is asking us to live with him and ...

Where Does Faith Fit in Today’s Politics?
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

Depending on your perspective, it could be argued that the landscape of presidential candidates either reflects such religious diversity, or that it’s still more of the same old majority rule at play, with a f ...

The Nones: Skeptics Are the New Religious
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

In fact, the latest data from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life say that a record-high one in five Americans -- and one in three adults under age 30 -- are religiously unaffiliated. Why? ...

Just the Facts Ma’am: Economic Analysis from the Congressional Research Service
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

When we listen to political debates about which public policies will strengthen the economy, it is easy to get lost in a statistical maze. When we listen to political debates abou ...

On Religious Deserts and the Canaanite Woman
Originally Posted: 10/12/2012 - 9:33am | Type: Blog

Personally I tend to come from the perspective that we all have opportunities to enrich one another’s perspective, and when I have the opportunity to be in an environment where the majority of people around me ...

Meet the Nones: Humbly Christian
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 12:30pm | Type: Blog

Brandon Hook tells his story of why he's part of the 20 percent of Americans who identify with "no religion in particular." Editor's Note: Brandon Hook ...

How Should Churches Address the 'Nones?'
Originally Posted: 10/11/2012 - 9:44am | Type: Blog

There’s a new study out this week that shows that one-in-five Americans has no religious affiliation. Not Baptist, not Catholic, not Lutheran, not Jewish, not Muslim. For those of us in the world of organized ...

Meet the Nones: Words Are Unnecessary
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

Perhaps most of all, I am tired of trying to find words to capture this faith experience, that is, ultimately, unexplainable. This ineffable, constant connection to this God who even if I were to run away from ...

Introducing Meet the Nones: We Don't Need Your Labels
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

“Nones” is a term that includes atheists and agnostics, but also anyone who does not identify with a traditional religious faith. Therein lies my concern. Editor's Note: ...

Oregon Dentist Fined for Pressuring Employee to Attend Scientology Seminar
Originally Posted: 10/09/2012 - 12:16pm | Type: Blog

State labor officials have ordered a dentist to pay nearly $348,000 to settle allegations that he threatened to fire a dental assistant unless she attended a Scientology-related training session. ...

Unitarian Universalists See Chance for Growth in Growth of Secularism
Originally Posted: 10/05/2012 - 12:28pm | Type: Blog

Unitarian Universalists grew nationally by 15.8 percent from 2000 to 2010, according to the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For Natha ...

Keeping it Real
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 4:54pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Looking for a powerful read? Check these out. EVEN IN AN age of ever-faster news cycles and shor ...

How to Choose a President
Originally Posted: 10/24/2012 - 1:57pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis The faith agenda in an election year? Start with "the least of these." AS I CAREFULLY wa ...

Orphans Among Us
Originally Posted: 10/02/2012 - 12:50pm | Type: Blog

We were wealthy and Southern and had everything that went along with both: a close-knit community, punctilious social obligations, and money to stay afloat. In the world in which I grew up, everyone surely kne ...

Seeking Love and Forgiveness in the Shadow of St. Francis
Originally Posted: 10/02/2012 - 8:16am | Type: Blog

Swimming against a global tide of religious violence and political polarization, about 550 religious and humanitarian leaders met recently in the birthplace of St. Francis to propose a new way forward: love an ...

What My Catholic Faith Has Taught Me
Originally Posted: 09/30/2012 - 11:38am | Type: Blog

Some have asked how I can embrace a faith whose leadership has taken such a hard line against gay and lesbian equality, and which is painfully quiet on the threat to limit voting rights. I understand why peopl ...

A Christian With Conjunctions
Originally Posted: 10/01/2012 - 3:51pm | Type: Blog

The stakes of silence are high. If we don’t speak out and act on our moral mandate to reconcile with creation, we risk destroying God’s very creation. For most of my life, I have ...

Is the Kingdom of God Made of Vegetables?
Originally Posted: 09/27/2012 - 12:23pm | Type: Blog

Corporations, which do not speak the language of human love and health, wrangle to profit from the stream of ill Americans falling from the industrial foods conveyor belt. But we know that type 2 diabetes, hea ...

Raising Sons and Raising Men
Originally Posted: 09/26/2012 - 2:22pm | Type: Blog

There was something in my brother that was unstoppable — like my son, who climbs cars and fidgets restlessly and sometimes speaks out of his own impudence. This past Saturday, on ...

Sermon on Snot-Nosed Children, Insecurity, and The Lap of God
Originally Posted: 09/25/2012 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

How often, like the disciples, do the times of cowardice, boasting, and fear come from the fact that we don’t know or don’t believe that, like a child in the lap of God, there simply is no longer any basis for ...

Taking America Back for God?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2012 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

Yet, as Gregory A. Boyd notes in his important book The Myth of a Christian Nation, taking America BACK for God assumes we were at one really belonged to God, followed God, listened to God. Boyd goes on to ask ...

Isolation, Integration, and the International Day of Peace
Originally Posted: 09/21/2012 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the United States currently spends more than $711 billion per year on military expenditures, which is – by far – the most of any coun ...

Texas Cheerleaders Clamor for G-O-D at Football Games
Originally Posted: 09/24/2012 - 7:32am | Type: Blog

Cheerleaders at an East Texas high school are fighting their school district’s orders to stop using Bible quotes on their signs at football games. Cheerleaders at an East Texas hi ...

Ambassador Stevens’ Death: Tragic, Hopeful, Ironic
Originally Posted: 09/20/2012 - 2:34pm | Type: Blog

The majority of Libyans simply want peace, a safe place to raise a family and the basic resources to provide a decent quality of life for those they care about. Not unlike all of us. When we think in these ter ...

Professor to Atheists: 'Stop Whining'
Originally Posted: 09/17/2012 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

Jacques Berlinerblau wastes no ink in his new book trying to flatter his fellow nonbelievers. "American atheist movements, though fancying themselves a lion, are more like the gimpy little zebra crossing ...

VIDEO: Obama, Romney Answer Faith Leaders' Call to Address Poverty in Election
Originally Posted: 09/14/2012 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

The Circle of Protection, comprised of Christian leaders from across the religious spectrum, today released President Barack Obama's and GOP nominee Mitt Romney's video responses to the call to addre ...

A Prayer for the Anniversary of 9/11
Originally Posted: 09/11/2013 - 7:03am | Type: Blog

Good and gracious God, Today we come before you with heavy hearts as we remember the events of 9/11. Good and gracious God, Today we come before you with heavy hearts as we ...