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TIMELINE: LGBT People and the Recent Church
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jenna Barnett A timeline on the church concerning the LGBT community.  The recent history of the church’s tre ...

VIDEO: We Are Not An Issue
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A video depicting the church.  In the long-running “culture war” over whether or not to accept an ...

The Disunion of the Church
Originally Posted: 10/31/2014 - 10:08am | Type: Blog

Right now when I see the lived reality of the church in our world, it seems we are more in a state of dis-union than communion. One of the greatest sermons I ever heard on the sub ...

6 Monumental Questions Facing Every Church In America
Originally Posted: 09/08/2014 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

Christianity is a lifelong journey of learning new things, growing in wisdom, and interacting with a wide array of difficult topics. Boldly asking tough questions is essential to spiritual development. ...

Don't Ignore It: 5 Ways Christians and Churches Must Engage Michael Brown’s Death
Originally Posted: 08/19/2014 - 8:08am | Type: Blog

But I thought it would be helpful to share a few thoughts how churches, Christians, and leaders can be engaging the events of this past 11 days in their respective churches – now and in the future. ...

The Church Has Left the Building
Originally Posted: 08/15/2014 - 1:33pm | Type: Blog

Last year I spoke at a missional church conference in Southern California. The guy who spoke before me asked every one of these missional pastors do a simple exercise. “Turn to the person sitting next to you,” he said, “and tell them the names of you ...

To A Dying Church: We Cannot Escape Our Mortality
Originally Posted: 06/03/2014 - 8:29am | Type: Blog

You are dying. I get it. Because so am I. And, speaking as one of your pastors, I think this is a very good thing. Dear Church, You are dying. I get it. Because so am I. And ...

An Unexpected Journey
Originally Posted: 05/28/2014 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

We celebrate commitments made, successes honored, and loves found. The Christian faith, we realize, is rarely about solutions; it is about the authentic and real journey of life and a common trust that our God ...

To the Dying Church: Pass the Thread?
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 8:22am | Type: Blog

It’s interesting how we tend to think of birth and death as opposites, two bookends with life in the middle. But we also know from experience that birth and death really are two different words for the same thing. They involve change, a moving from one ...

To the Dying Church: Use Your Words
Originally Posted: 05/07/2014 - 11:09am | Type: Blog

There are people dying physically and spiritually because the church has neglected the good news of the Gospel. If we truly believe that God can transform lives and resurrect the dead then why aren’t we scream ...

That They May Be One: Immigration and Christian Unity
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

I know that many — probably most — believers share the desire for unity. It just seems at times that we have so far to go, and might be drifting in the wrong direction. As we appr ...

Getting Beyond Infighting to a Unified Church
Originally Posted: 04/04/2014 - 8:40am | Type: Blog

The mission of God is reconciliation and the vocation of God’s people, the church. When we spend more time attacking each other rather than attacking the areas of brokenness in our world, we become a reflectio ...

i-Lust and Other Confessions in a Millennial World
Originally Posted: 03/21/2014 - 8:56am | Type: Blog

There are several reasons why the church doesn’t like to talk about lust. I lust. The words almost seem like they could be a tagline for a new Apple product — an appropriate imag ...

Rethinking 'Faith Like A Child'
Originally Posted: 01/27/2014 - 4:15pm | Type: Blog

Children’s faiths are alive and strong, and the church needs to recognize this instead of repeating corny “children’s sermons” that are usually well intentioned but often developmentally inappropriate. The chu ...

10 Things You Can't SAY While Following Jesus
Originally Posted: 01/21/2014 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

I think people who say these things are mostly trying to be kind, grateful, and even humble when they say some of them. But if we really do want to be kind, grateful, and humble we need to think about these sa ...

What Repentance for the Church Looks Like Today
Originally Posted: 01/20/2014 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

Before we see any leveling-off within the institutional church, there will be many more church closures, consolidation of shrinking denominations, and an increasing number of people called to, and already work ...

On Scripture: Beaten, Battered, and Burned Before I Am Helped
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 7:01pm | Type: Blog

Not one more person should have be battered or bruised as a result of domestic violence before someone dares to help. Before we dare to help. The images of her burned face are cle ...

10 Things THE CHURCH Can't Do While Following Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/09/2013 - 7:28am | Type: Blog

The Christian church is full of Christians, right? Sadly, the reality is the answer to that question is heavily dependent on whom you are asking. The Christian church is full of ...

A Better Kind of Disaster Relief
Originally Posted: 02/01/2013 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

As Superstorm Sandy demonstrated, putting off climate action comes at a steep cost — and one that the government may not always be willing to pay. But we all need to play our part to build the momentum that wi ...

The Unworthy Table
Originally Posted: 10/01/2012 - 2:41pm | Type: Blog

As we mindfully pray and vote, here’s something to think about: Are we being like those in the Corinth community that shared an “unworthy” Table, or will we be creating a worthy Table beckoning the kingdom of ...

What the Numbers Say About Losing Our Religion
Originally Posted: 07/16/2012 - 4:43pm | 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, ...

Learning From Rep. John Lewis
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 12:12pm | Type: Blog

The Huffington Post's Senior Religion Editor, Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, interviews civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis. The Huffington Post 's Senior Religion Ed ...

How ... How Did I Get Here?
Originally Posted: 03/28/2012 - 12:18pm | Type: Blog

No matter how daft my questions, how passionate my disagreement, or dysfunctional my interpersonal relationships, the church never backed away from me. Perhaps you have read Rach ...