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Tackling the Hard Questions
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 11:27am | Type: Magazine Article

David P. Gushee It's time for Bible-believing Christians to take a new look at what scripture teaches us about gays and lesbians—and ...

3 Reasons I Didn't Give Up on the Bible
Originally Posted: 10/31/2014 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

The more I studied the “perfect” word of God, the more I expected that doctrine would become clear and consistent, the authors exemplary, and the stories contain distinct and readily discernible meanings. ...

Sweaty Spirituality: Fighting Obesity with Paul (Romans 12:1-8)
Originally Posted: 08/18/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Blog

Clergy must lead this charge against obesity in America, which means that our spirituality will need to get a whole lot sweatier. Do you want to know a secret about working out? H ...

Are All Christians Really Hypocrites?
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 2:30pm | Type: Blog

Hold Christians accountable. Call us out. But offer us the chance to own our faults and seek out forgiveness. According to one of my favorite authors, Brennan Manning,  " ...

Faith is a Verb - A Theology of Love
Originally Posted: 05/20/2014 - 8:53am | Type: Blog

In the end we can have all the theology in the world, but if we have not love we are nothing. There is a line in the famous movie  Ben Hur  in which one of his relatives goes to ...

Stand by Me: Memorial Day and the Healing of Souls
Originally Posted: 05/19/2014 - 12:19pm | Type: Blog

The promise of the Spirit to the disciples is a promise from Jesus to blunt their isolation. If you have to reassure people that you’re not abandoning them, it may be because they ...

To the Dying Church: Offer Us the Hope You Once Did
Originally Posted: 05/16/2014 - 1:30pm | Type: Blog

Offer us the hope you once did. Spur us on to be a beacon of hope, love, and compassion. My Dear Friend, It breaks my heart to be the one to tell you this, but I figured you m ...

Chiaroscuro
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 9:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Samuel Harrison Through the slippery spirit's incomprehensible means / A perfect surrender. The back-lit ...

A Hymn-Prayer on Jesus as the Way, the Truth, and the Life
Originally Posted: 05/13/2014 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

The following new hymn lifts up Jesus' teaching in the context of his inclusive ministry seeking God's love and justice for all Jesus' teaching to his followers in ...

My Dad's Worst Day
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 2:09pm | Type: Magazine Article

Matthew Vines Excerpt from God and the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines, Convergent Books OURS IS A CHRISTIAN F ...

The Many Ways to Love Like a Mother
Originally Posted: 05/09/2014 - 1:37pm | Type: Blog

The example mothers in Scripture do not lead caricatured lives of middle-class homemakers living a life of Pinterest or of super-career woman balancing family and economic kingdom building. Instead they are en ...

On Capital Punishment, Don’t Start with the Old Testament
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 9:57am | Type: Blog

Mohler is a capable theologian and a thinker I respect. And I have many intelligent friends who support the death penalty. Yet, I think it is problematic for Christians to root their support of capital punishm ...

Q&A: 'Noah' Director Darren Aronofsky on Justice vs. Mercy
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

The Noah epic releasing in theaters this Friday promises to be controversial, with director Darren Aronofsky calling it “the least biblical biblical film ever made.” The Noah ...

Bringing the Word to Life
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 8:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Creating a Scene in Corinth: A Simulation. Herald Press. ONE YEAR MY small group decided to ha ...

The Black Presence in the Bible: Uncovering the Hidden Ones
Originally Posted: 02/21/2014 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

The Bible is a multicultural book. This statement may sound controversial but archeology, history, and the text prove it to be true. “Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia ...

How to Be Perfect
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). Seriously, Jesus? Have you even met some of us? Have you seen the depths of our jealousies, the breadth of our greed? Have you notice ...

God's Word vs. the American Bible
Originally Posted: 02/16/2014 - 5:45pm | Type: Blog

As Christians, we’ve been taught to follow the commands written in the Bible, but it’s easy to pick and choose which verses we want to follow, and we tailor ‘holiness’ according to our particular comforts and ...

Should Christians Pray in Public?
Originally Posted: 02/14/2014 - 8:50am | Type: Blog

So is it possible that praying in restaurants might not be the “Dare to Be a Daniel” moment we envisioned? In fact, might it be a sign of (gulp!) a hypocrite? Should we really feel guilty for praying in restau ...

On Scripture: A Hard Word to Hear This Winter (Isaiah 58: 1-9a)
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

Questions keep bothering us, tugging at us. The life of faith is far more dynamic than a list of creedal statements. This has been a hard winter — from Minnesota to Alabama. It’s ...

The State of the Communion
Originally Posted: 01/31/2014 - 1:21pm | Type: Blog

While millions around us were gathered in homes, bars and other public places to watch the State of the Union of the United States, we were together receiving the State of the Communion of the Kingdom of God. ...

On Scripture: An Unexpected Servant -- The Leadership of Pope Francis (Isaiah 49:1-7)
Originally Posted: 01/13/2014 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

As the New Year brings reflection over the past year, we have heard much about Pope Francis and the ways he has surprised Catholics and non-Catholics alike. As the New Year brings ...

5 Myths About Minimum Wage
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

Here are five commonly perpetuated myths about minimum wage. Hopefully, their exploration will shed a more accurate light on this contested issue. It’s a new year, and Congress is ...

Can Paul Be Redeemed?
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 9:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Reta Halteman Finger Why some of us love Jesus and don't like Paul. “Jesus was a radical who welcomed ev ...

On Scripture: The Massacre of the Innocents and the Soul of the Warrior (Matthew 2:13–23)
Originally Posted: 12/23/2013 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

Throughout human history, warriors have faced a wide variety of difficult circumstances, often having to weigh life and death decisions at a moment’s notice. While Herod’s gruesome command should in no way be ...

The Sounds of Silencing—And Speaking Out
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 9:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Angela Kissel Her pastor told her it was 'against scripture' for females to preach. When furlough ...

A Year of Living Beth Moore-ishly
Originally Posted: 11/20/2013 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

Being snarky and cynical, while generating a lot of great material for writing and holding court at parties, never got me very far with God. Beth Moore helped reintroduce me to the “One and Only,” (even writin ...

On Scripture: The Death of Thanksgiving (Colossians 1:11-20)
Originally Posted: 11/18/2013 - 9:54am | Type: Blog

Is Thanksgiving dead? Not as long as Jesus Christ is alive among us, at the center of creation and the community of faith. But it is our job to respond by giving thanks for the gifts of forgiveness, for the gi ...

On Scripture: Jesus, Poor Veterans, and the Grass That Suffers (Luke 21: 5-19)
Originally Posted: 11/11/2013 - 3:43pm | Type: Blog

There is a popular African proverb that says, when elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers. This proverb highlights the reality that too often while nations and powerful entities fight amongst themselves, the common people of the land suffer the m ...

What Good Is a Ph.D. for Reading the Bible?
Originally Posted: 11/15/2013 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

While a Ph.D. is not necessary in order to read and/or understand the Bible, my reading of the Bible since receiving my doctorate promotes the inclusion of far more people than my reading of the Bible before m ...

Organization Outlines Continued Efforts to Cut Poverty in Half
Originally Posted: 11/05/2013 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

Last week, Half in Ten released its third annual report on its commitment to and efforts toward U.S. poverty reduction. Last week, Half in Ten released its third annual report on ...

On Scripture: Hearing Job — Vindicating the Traumatized (Job 19:23-27a)
Originally Posted: 11/04/2013 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

For those of us not currently in the midst of healing from such suffering, maybe Job challenges us not only to allow space for the suffering in our communities, but also to advocate on their behalf. ...

Here Comes the Sun ... on Capitol Hill
Originally Posted: 10/17/2013 - 9:33am | Type: Blog

God used pastors, students, old and young, whites and blacks, D.C. natives and out-of-towners, people in scruffy clothes and well-dressed businessmen giving me the thumbs-up, to give me a greater hope and enth ...

Reading Scripture Through the Shutdown: A Voice for the Silenced
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 5:47pm | Type: Blog

We serve a God who has put passion in the hearts of all of his children. If we silence even one of those voices we are missing out on a precious piece of God’s redemptive plan for this side of Eden. ...

Clergy, Religious Leaders Address Government Shutdown, Debt Ceiling Crisis with ‘Faithful Filibuster’
Originally Posted: 10/08/2013 - 2:20pm | Type: Press

October 8, 2013 Press Releases WASHINGTON – Clergy and religious lead ...

On Scripture: Studying the Law As We Study The Word (2 Timothy 2:8-15)
Originally Posted: 10/07/2013 - 2:44pm | Type: Blog

Are we credible teachers of the word? Can we stand and share God’s word accurately? As people of faith, we are not only called to study and apply the word, but we are also called to teach the word correctly. A ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Breaking the Line by Simon & Schuster / Moved by the Spirit by USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture / The Adventist ...

On Scripture: It Is About the Land. It Is Not About the Land
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 8:29am | Type: Blog

When I traveled to Israel this summer with a group of seminary students from Andover Newton Theological School and Boston University School of Theology, what struck me most was another lesson of geography: If ...

Questioning the Bible: What I Would Have Said to Bill Maher
Originally Posted: 07/30/2013 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

It matters how we read the Bible. So as someone who has focused on confronting those "bad parts" in Scripture, I wanted to take a stab at addressing Maher's questions. ...

Who Is My Enemy?
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

I used to blame governments, and churches, and institutions all day long. Now I’ve stuck a piece of tape over my mouth. I’m going to leave it there as a reminder that everything I speak out against has its ori ...

On Scripture: Fear and Wisdom In The Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

They have many labels. Undocumented immigrants. Illegal Immigrants. Illegal Aliens. Wetbacks. Jan Brewer, the governor of Arizona, recently suggested that most of them are “drug mules.” Some have even called t ...

Is a Messiah’s Work Never Done?
Originally Posted: 05/29/2013 - 1:01pm | Type: Blog

Could it be that ‘the chosen’ are in fact those who have ‘chosen’ to do God’s work in the world? The Jews believe that the Messiah is yet to come. Christians believe the Messia ...

Colm Toibin’s 'Testament of Mary' Brings Jesus’ Mother Down to Earth
Originally Posted: 04/23/2013 - 4:47pm | Type: Blog

How far can one go in retelling a Bible story, adding things that are not in the original? In The Testament of Mary, Colm Toibin goes a long way. NEW YORK — How far can one go in ...

America's Rough Week
Originally Posted: 04/19/2013 - 12:49pm | Type: Blog

Life is difficult. It can knock you down. Sometimes, an entire nation gets knocked down. Life is difficult. It can knock you down. Sometimes, an entire nation gets knocked down. ...

The Endlessly Fascinating Word
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 8:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Whether you're preaching the Bible, teaching it, or reading it on your own, there are always new facets to be revealed. ...

Relearning to Read
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 8:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Jung Pyo Hong Truth Speaks to Power: The Countercultural Nature of Scripture. Westminster John Knox DREAMS CA ...

For God So Loved the World
Originally Posted: 04/16/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger What will it take to push back climate change? A Spirit-driven 'power shift' might be a key. ...

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 ...

Breaking the Impasse
Originally Posted: 03/28/2013 - 8:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Wes Granberg-Michaelson It's time to reframe the church's conversation around same-sex relationships. ...

'The Bible' Series: An Invitation to 'Change the World' (VIDEO)
Originally Posted: 03/07/2013 - 1:45pm | Type: Blog

I watched with great delight as my sons, Luke and Jack, saw the first episode of “The Bible,” a History Channel special series that began this past Sunday and runs the five weeks through Easter. Film and telev ...

To Comfort the Afflicted
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 9:58am | Type: Magazine Article

Reta Halteman Finger If we read 1 Peter's message to immigrants, exiles, and foreigners only as a metaphor, we risk missing the poin ...