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Water Initiatives Get Congregations to Pledge to Conserve
Originally Posted: 10/08/2013 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

Across the country, water has become more than a ritual element used in Christian baptismal rites or in Jewish and Muslim cleansing ceremonies. It has become a focus for worshippers seeking to go beyond water’ ...

... And Every Tongue Confess
Originally Posted: 03/13/2013 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

I like to remind my community of believers from time to time why we do what we do. I have long felt the risk of liturgy is that it becomes rote narration, a thoughtless speechifying of sorts. So that this migh ...

Newtown ‘Debacle’ Reopens Old Wounds for Missouri Synod
Originally Posted: 02/14/2013 - 1:08pm | Type: Blog

ST. LOUIS — A decision by the leader of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod to censure a pastor for participating in a prayer service for victims of the Sandy Hook school massacre has reopened old wounds for an ...

All Sinners, All Saints, All Welcome
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 9:12am | Type: Blog

"I am a flawed person. I should not be allowed to be here talking to you. But you know what? That's the God we're dealing with, people." ~ Nadia Bolz-Weber to the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering ...

The HIV Minister (VIDEO)
Originally Posted: 07/27/2012 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

The Rev. Andrena Ingram is currently the only known Lutheran ordained pastor living openly with HIV. Her husband's death from an AIDS-related illness, and the shame that he felt, inspired the pastor to be open about her own diagnosis with HIV. She ...

Being Good Doesn’t Make You Free. The Truth Makes You Free.
Originally Posted: 03/28/2012 - 12:10pm | Type: Blog

There’s a trend in starting new Lutheran churches to actually eliminate the confession and absolution in the liturgy because, well, it just makes people feel bad. And let’s be honest, it’s just a lot more appe ...

Splinter Churches Realign Mainline Protestantism
Originally Posted: 02/28/2012 - 7:44am | Type: Blog

The question now is whether these breakaway groups signal a seismic shift in American Protestantism, or just a few fissures in the theological terrain. There's a popular sayi ...

The Court Has Spoken. Now What?: Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church & School v. EEOC
Originally Posted: 02/14/2012 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

The only way for a civil fact finder to evaluate these claims is to try to assess the quality of the sermons, their consistency with scripture, and the nature of the minister’s spiritual leadership within the ...

Church Seeks Line Between Interfaith and Intolerance
Originally Posted: 02/12/2012 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

DES PERES, Mo. — More than 100 Lutherans streamed into the basement classroom at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Des Peres recently for a Bible study called "Islam Through a Lutheran Lens." ...

Matthew 25: How I Met My Husband
Originally Posted: 12/07/2011 - 12:57pm | Type: Blog

On our first date we sat across the booth from each other at el taco de Mexico and talked about social issues and we saw eye to eye on everything. Then he said, “my heart for the poor is rooted in my Christian ...

Susan Isaacs Anwers "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 12/05/2011 - 2:31pm | Type: Blog

Sometimes I wonder if all the denominations in Christendom are merely a list of the nomenclature we’ve used to separate Us from Them. When someone asks me if I’m an evangelical, I ...

Sermon on the Worst Parable Ever
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: 'The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the ...

Caryn Rivadeneira answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 10:34pm | Type: Blog

On my first day as an editor at Marriage Partnership magazine, I slipped into my office, pulled the pocket door closed and grabbed the phone. On my first day as an editor ...

Report from the Global Christian Forum in Indonesia: Day Five, Heading Home
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the fifth and final installment in a week-long series of reports from the Global Christian Forum in Manado, Indonesia filed by Wes Granberg-Michaelson, the former General Sec ...

Report from the Global Christian Forum in Indonesia: Day Two
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second in a week-long series of reports from the Global Christian Forum in Manado, Indonesia filed by Wes Granberg-Michaelson, the former General Secretary of the Reformed Chur ...

Report from the Global Christian Forum in Manado, Indonesia.
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first in a week-long series of reports from the Global Christian Forum in Manado, Indonesia filed by Wes Granberg-Michaelson, the former General Secretary of the Reformed Churc ...

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Arguments in Pivotal Church-State Case This Week
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 8:24am | Type: Blog

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to begin hearing oral arguments this week in one of the most important church-state cases in decades. The U.S. Supreme Court is set to begi ...

An Interview With Nadia Bolz-Weber
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Nadia Bolz-Weber likes to have both tradition and innovation happening at the same time in House for All Sinners and Saints, a mission church she founded in Denver, Colorado, that's part of the Evan ...

Jesus Walking on the Water: A Sermon Sarcastic and Serious
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

It's Jesus walking on the water Sunday here at House for All Sinners and Saints, and we thought maybe during "Open Space" we should have a kiddie pool set up in the back so you could all " ...

Spotting the Kingdom of God After the Tragedy of Death
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

He put before them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greates ...

Matthew 25 -- Why We Went to the White House
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Today is another intense day of politics at the White House. The debt default deadline is fast approaching. Today is another intense day of politics at the White House. The debt d ...

Bringing the Church Together for Justice
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

After having spoken at the Greenbelt Festival in England a number of times now, we at the Center for Action and Contemplation always hoped and planned that we create a similar festival for spiritualit ...

Graduates: Boast Gladly in Your Weaknesses
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

[<strong>Editors' note: </strong><em>This blog post is taken from a commencement address Nadia Bolz-Weber delivered for the graduates of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley ...

Aid, Not War in Afghanistan: An Open Letter From Religious Leaders to President Obama
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/soj11031.jpg"></a>Dear Mr. President,</p> Dear Mr. President, As your target date to begin U.S. ...

My Thoughts on Sojourners, Coalition Building, and LGBTQ Rights
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On my personal blog, I <a href="http://brianmclaren.net/archives/blog/this-is-not-actually-a-blog-post.html" target="_blank">traced my journey</a> on the issue of homosexuality ...

How Did John 3:16 Become About 'Weirdos and Violence'?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Here's a name for you: Rollen Stewart. Born Feb. 19, 1944. Ring a bell? Here's a name for you: Rollen Stewart. Born Feb. 19, 1944. Ring a bell? You probably know who he ...

God in Wisconsin: Scott Walker's Misguided 'Obedience'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

As the stand off between workers and Governor Scott Walker continues in Wisconsin, <a href="http://www.wichurches.org/advocacy/faith-community-response-to-the-wisconsin-budget-crisis/" target=&quo ...

Loving Your Enemies (Even When You Don't Want To)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Sometimes when I'm bored I kind of like to fill in sound effects that I think the crowd listening to Jesus might have responded with. Sometimes when I'm bored I kind of ...

How To Say Defiantly, 'I am Baptized!'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

At the baptism of our Lord, heaven simply could not contain God Godself and God the Spirit who interrupt the regularly scheduled programming to bring a very important message. At ...

We Three Kings of Orient Are (Not in the Bible): An Epiphany Sermon
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I have a pastor friend who collects a lot of cr&egrave;che scenes. He especially likes really bad ones. I have a pastor friend who collects a lot of crèche scenes. He especi ...

Word Made Flesh, and the Indignity of Having a Human Body
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

So, just to get it out of the way, I didn't get what I wanted for Christmas. No, not an iPad or world peace. So, just to get it out of the way, I didn't get what I want ...

Are Mennonites Taking Over the World?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Not likely.</p> Not likely. But Mark Tooley wonders in The American Spectator magazine whether Mennonites are taking over a big enough part of Christianity to be d ...

Prayer and the Persistent Widow
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Well, it's parable day again boys and girls. Parables are like Jesus' subversive little stories of an alternate universe. Well, it's parable day again boys and girl ...

Reel Images of Immigration: Farmingville
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> <p> </p> <p>[Editor's Note: This week we will have a series of reviews on films with a focus on immigration. Check back each day for a new film review, and visit < ...

A Sermon on the "Good" Samaritan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

From what I hear, if you are taking a trip to the Holy Land you can visit the actual road from Jerusalem to modern-day Jericho, and local tour guides are happy, for the right price, to show you the ...

Dear Red-Headed God?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

There has been a fair amount of conversation at House for All Sinners and Saints recently about the use of inclusive language for God. There has been a fair amount of conversation ...

The Kingdom of God is not an Empire with Language Laws
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0611&amp;article=061121">Barabara Kingsolver</a>'s novel titled <em><a href="http ...

Pentecost's Pente-chaos: Nothing's Changed
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

All the Christian archetypes were already in place on the very first day.</p> All the Christian archetypes were already in place on the very first day. The story opens w ...

Looking Beyond the U.S. for Emerging Church Trends
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.freshworship.org/node/660"></a>[<a href="../tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the Sojour ...

Christians, Jews, and Good Friday
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As a Christian, I have a high level of sensitivity toward Jews, of a never-ending sense to be protective of their religion As a Christian, I have a high level of sensitivity towa ...

Escaping from Real Communism
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> I have lived in Decorah, Iowa, for 25 years. I graduated from th ...

Why Are There So Few Solo Women Church Planters?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

Church planting is its own weird thing. It takes a certain personality to think you might, just might, be able to (with tons of help from God) start a church from scratch. Chur ...

Five Observations from Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598834757_gbP3y"></a>We arrived in Bethlehem with our wonderful group of pilgrims. Folk ...

In Defense of Congregational Singing
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Church music was my first language. I was raised in a church tradition that did not allow musical instruments in worship. Church music was my first language. I was raised in a c ...

Stepping Back from Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598834757_gbP3y"></a>For much of the world, the heart of Bethlehem is found down a narr ...

God Does not Heed my Snotty Opinions About Evangelicals
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God <a title="http://www.biblestudytools.com/OnlineStudyBible/bible.cgi?word=Mark+10%3A17-31&amp;section=0&amp;version=nrs&amp;new=1& ...

Columbus in Reverse: 'Travel as a Political Act'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

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Where Did Jesus Stand at the ELCA Assembly?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<a title="http://www.biblestudytools.com/OnlineStudyBible/bible.cgi?word=John+6%3A56-69&amp;section=0&amp;version=nrs&amp;new=1&amp;oq=&amp;NavBook=joh&amp;NavGo=6&amp;NavCu ...

Financial Assistance: Is Your Church Ready?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In the upcoming weeks and months, desperate people will knock on the doors of almost every church across the nation to ask for emergency financial assistance. In the upcoming week ...

Peace in the Middle East: A Step Forward
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Two days, in comparison to years of conflict, is not a lot of time, but it was long enough for a broad spectrum of Christian leaders to find hope in a growing consensus around a way forward for pea ...