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'Left Behind' Elitists
Originally Posted: 10/24/2014 - 8:15am | Type: Blog

Given these interpretations of the theology found in the Left Behind series I would like to take the conversation to the next level. What has not yet been said in any blog that I have read is that premillennia ...

Disquiet Time: How Revelation Ruined (and Saved) My Life
Originally Posted: 10/23/2014 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

The book of Revelation and I have a complicated relationship. We flirted a little bit, back in high school, at least until it got me kicked out of church. I was asked to contribu ...

What 'The Leftovers' Can Teach Us About Hope and the Christian Faith
Originally Posted: 08/20/2014 - 7:39am | Type: Blog

The Leftovers examines the deeper human and spiritual issues of what would happen were two percent of the population to suddenly disappear. It is powerful and beautiful and really hard to watch (especially Epi ...

Cutting Food Stamps is a Bad Way to Balance the Budget
Originally Posted: 11/01/2013 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

Many of us are blessed enough to not know what it is like to be hungry, to regularly miss meals, or to consume a diet void of essential nutrients for a healthy life. But now, millions of our brothers and siste ...

Beyond 'Ruin Porn'
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 9:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Reimagining the geographies of the city—a place where the story of our salvation is played out. ...

'Apocalypse Later:' Documentary Explores Harold Camping's End-Times Predictions
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

For thousands of years, select groups of Christians have thought their generation was Earth’s last. Even the Apostle Paul thought Jesus would return in his lifetime. But Paul didn’t have the audacity to pinpoi ...

Harold Camping May Be Facing Doomsday, But Not the One He Intended
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 3:59pm | Type: Blog

Two years ago, radio evangelist Harold Camping was predicting the end of the world. Now, longtime aides say his false predictions are likely to result in the end of his California-based Family Radio ministry. ...

The Lord Will Destroy the Destroyers of the Earth (Rev. 11:18)
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

Reflection and restraint, for millennia, have been the twin pillars of historic conservatism. Not now. We in our era have accomplished something no other civilization would have c ...

Growing Up Trinitarian
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 8:17am | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C I WAS BROUGHT UP up on stories of my fa ...

Fifty Days of Grace
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 8:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C HOW SHALL WE engage with scripture thro ...

SNL’s 'DJesus Uncrossed,' Mark Driscoll, and the American Worship of Satan
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

To the accusation that a nonviolent Jesus is a projection of my own wussy imagination: That is false and, in fact, the reverse is true – a violent Jesus is a god made in our own image. ...

The Lamb and the Beast
Originally Posted: 02/11/2013 - 10:12am | Type: Magazine Article

Ron Browning Revelations abound when refugees study the Bible's last book. WHEN A GROUP of refugees from ...

Lost in Translation: Eugene Peterson and His 'Message'
Originally Posted: 03/01/2012 - 11:32am | Type: Blog

Eugene Peterson has written more than 30 books on theology and the life of faith in his 80 years, but he is perhaps best known for the one book he didn’t write: The Bible. Eugene ...

The Worst Commercial in the World
Originally Posted: 11/16/2011 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

The Norton commercial says explicitly what most advertisements only imply. You are the things you own. Your identity is the stuff you have. Your worth is what you own. I’ve go ...

Compassion, Destruction, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a surprising addition to the typical summer blockbuster canon -- for one thing, it manages to entertain and challenge, without resorting to gratuitous violence to ...

Spotting the Kingdom of God After the Tragedy of Death
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | 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 ...

Loving Casey Anthony in a Culture of Vengeance
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 8:04am | Type: Blog

I couldn't bear to watch any of the coverage of the Casey Anthony murder trial. I heard snippets of information on occasion: intimations of incest; a car that "smelled of death"; fist fights bre ...

Malick's Metaphysics: Creation, Being, and The Tree of Life
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

When evangelical politicians pronounce on topics like the origins of the universe, the results are almost always awful -- embarrassing, infuriating, unwatchable. When evang ...

A Reflection on Easter: Beyond Chocolate and New Bedding to the True Gospel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I've often wondered what people in America think when they actually read the story of Jesus rising from the dead for the first time. I've often wondered what people in A ...

A Revelation on Community During Jury Duty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Last winter, in the flurry of Christmas parties and potlucks, I was called in for jury duty. Last winter, in the flurry of Christmas parties and potlucks, I was called in for jury ...

Opportunity Missed in the U.N. Veto of the Israel Settlement's Resolution
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama's decision to veto the February 18 U.N. President Barack Obama's decision to veto the February 18 U.N. Resolution calling Israel to account for it ...

Is Theology The Most Important Thing?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Over the course of this past weekend and my recent post about <a href="http://eugenecho.wordpress.com/2011/02/28/what-the-hell/" target="_blank">hell, universalism, exclusivism,</a ...

Why We Opened Our Church to Muslims
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In a <a href="http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2011/januaryweb-only/muslimsevangelical.html" target="_blank">recent article</a> on <em>Christianity Today's</em& ...

Why Christianity and July 4th are Incompatible
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I want to start out this post with two huge disclaimers: What I am about to write may sound radical or irrational to some. I want to start out this post with two huge disclaimers: ...

How Christian is Tea Party Libertarianism?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The insurgent Tea Party and its Libertarian philosophy is a political phenomenon, not a religious one. The insurgent Tea Party and its Libertarian philosophy is a political phenom ...

The Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal and the Paradoxical Legacy of Pope John Paul II
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>The Catholic church is reeling from the several sexual abuse allegations that have come to light over the past three months. Downplaying the severity of this scandal will only further damage the alrea ...

Christian Militias and Litmus Tests
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>I've been told that I am obviously not a Christian because I watch movies. Because I believe women can be pastors. Because I don't take Mass in a Catholic church. Because I've rea ...

Looking for Revelation
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins It’s the end of the world for Denzel Washington in The Book of Eli, one of the legion of recent films (including one actual ...

Planting Trees on Good Friday
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

After a hard winter in the Eastern United States, spring offers a resurrection. Particularly here in the Appalachian Bible Belt, we're looking toward Easter.</p> After ...

Christian Militias, Revelation, and Christ's Consistent Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

One of the most important subjects addressed in my recent book <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/New-Kind-Christianity-Questions-Transforming/dp/0061853984/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;s=books& ...

Mixed Victory: A Better Poverty Measure Counts More as Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

Eight million more Americans are now in poverty. Well Eight million more Americans are now in poverty. Well Reduce poverty, yes! But how? Reduce poverty, yes! But how? Do ...

What I Learned From the-Gasp!-Word of Faith Movement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

Perhaps you've heard of them. Perhaps you've heard of them. Televangelists with bouffant hairstyles and Rolex watches saying send me a dollar and God will give you a hun ...

To Love God is to Love Our Immigrant Neighbors
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally/8116193_7PzaR#530383196_HMehM"></a>"We believe the scriptures are God's revelat ...

Advent: Apocalypse Now?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

"There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations caused by the roaring of the sea and the waves," proclaims Jesus in the gospel of Luke. ...

An Open Letter from Sojourners to Zondervan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

We at Sojourners, in solidarity with our Asian American sisters and brothers, affirm the <a href="../2009/11/20/tremendous-act-of-repentance-by-zondervan/">act of repentance by Zondervan</a& ...

Walking, Chewing Gum, and Confronting Racism and Sexism at the Same Time
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

People who do diversity work run the risk of setting impossible goals for themselves: The Beloved Community. The Kingdom of God. People who do diversity work run the risk of setti ...

Science, Salvation, Slavery, and Equality: The Bible and Historic Reforms
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Have you ever pondered the dangers of reading the Bible? Have you ever pondered the dangers of reading the Bible? Perhaps booksellers should provide consumer warning labels that r ...

God is Not [and has never been] White: Biblical Post-colonial Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

"The Bible knows nothing about peace without justice," said that great prophet of joyful restorative justice, Desmond Tutu, when he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.</p> ...

Eschatology or Bigotry?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

A couple of weeks ago on Glenn Beck's talk radio show, a woman called in to suggest that because President Obama appears to be raising the tax rate to around the same as what it was under President ...

Four Points Toward Peace in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>I've written <a href="http://www.brianmclaren.net/cgi-bin/mt3/mt-search.cgi?IncludeBlogs=2&amp;search=gaza"&g ...

My Advent Calendar: December 11
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>Not surprisingly, when I opened the eleventh window, it revealed a picture of a lion holding a book- ...

My Advent Calendar: December 10
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>As I opened window 10, I had to squint to see a small angelic figure holding a book-the traditional ...