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This Week in Religion: Friday July 6, 2012 (VIDEO)
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

Do Not Display (Church, Higgs-Boson, LGBT, Mormonism, Racial and Social Justice, religion news, Faith and Politics, Quick Read) Church,Higgs-B ...

Wild Goose 2012 Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

For the first hour I was there as I nearly passed out trying to set up a tent in the sweltering heat, I was in a panic mode wondering why I was stupid enough to subject myself to the discomfort and imperfectio ...

Wild Goose: A Sacred and Safe Place
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 12:56pm | Type: Blog

In many hours of talking to Mike over the past few years, he has told me tales of horrible religious abuse; of being denied food because he had not said the appropriate prayer, of being evicted from the gospel ...

Life in Translation
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 8:52am | Type: Blog

I have been thinking about the church of my youth. I have been remembering, if you will, as a guy who has read too much Updike (I'll never forgive him for the Rabbit books) might remember his youth. ...

How the Wild Goose Cured My Heebie-Jeebies
Originally Posted: 06/28/2012 - 8:04am | Type: Blog

I imagined the spaces and places other than church that might be out there for churchless people “like me.” Bars? Starbucks? Soccer games? Bars? (Sorry, did I mention 'bars' already? I get a bit dist ...

When All the Church Can Say Is 'I'm Sorry'
Originally Posted: 07/01/2012 - 12:43pm | Type: Blog

The whole experience was exhilarating, partly because it started out being utterly terrifying. It could have gone very differently, and in a different context, it still might. But that doesn’t mean that more p ...

Donations to Religious Institutions Decline for Second Straight Year
Originally Posted: 06/21/2012 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

Post-recession America is beginning to open its wallet to charities again, but is not giving as generously to religious institutions. WASHINGTON — Post-recession America is begin ...

Love Greater Than Our Differences: Christian Piatt's Interview on ChurchNext
Originally Posted: 06/21/2012 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

I spoke with Chris Yaw recently, host of an online program called ChurchNext. On it, he has dialogues with a number of church leaders about the current state of organized religion, the changing face of Christi ...

Church No More: Part 1 — Walking Away From Church
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

This minister is walking away from church — well, at least for the next three months. I'm rewriting the old African-American spiritual “Down By the Riverside.” (Don't ...

Missional Church: A Paper Revolution
Originally Posted: 06/06/2012 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

Sometimes we want to believe that a new ad campaign, worship service or big, expensive mission trip will give us the charge we need to turn things around in the church. But what if the real revolutions take pl ...

Church of the Laptop-Bound: Sunday June 3, 2012
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 7:59am | Type: Blog

Couldn't quite get yourself together to make it to church this weekend? We've got you covered. Here for you edification and instruction, are three good lessons in video and audio form, from pastors T ...

Deliver Us From Smugness
Originally Posted: 05/31/2012 - 7:59pm | Type: Blog

It is not the imperfection or presence of conflict themselves within the Communion of the Saints that too many of those who would not call themselves Christians find repellent. It is how the church deals with ...

The Naked Pastor: Three Ways to Leave the Church
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

Paul Simon says there must be 50 ways to leave your lover. The Naked Pastor figures there must be at least three ways to leave your church. Paul Simon says there must be 50 ways ...

Agape Doesn't Mean "Potluck"
Originally Posted: 05/15/2012 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

If we knew that the people entering the doors of this, our little House for all Sinners and Saints, were actually Jesus’ friends, that they were those whom Jesus loved then despite what we thought of their per ...

We All Need A Spotter: Church and CrossFit Gym
Originally Posted: 04/30/2012 - 8:56am | Type: Blog

I was talking to my husband about why I am loving Crossfit and it made me realize that it is for some of the reasons I love church. I can’t lift my arms. They scream in muscle ...

Praying After Your Food
Originally Posted: 03/27/2012 - 10:55pm | Type: Blog

While I believe in the principle of church-state separation, there are times when it is taken too far. Today’s example is a food pantry in Seymour, IN. While I believe in the pri ...

Lapsed Catholics Explain Why They Leave Church
Originally Posted: 03/26/2012 - 7:24pm | Type: Blog

TRENTON, N.J. — As part of a survey to understand why they have stopped attending Mass, a few hundred Catholics were asked what issues they would raise if they could speak to the bishop for five minutes. The ...

Four Reasons Why I Came Back To Church
Originally Posted: 03/26/2012 - 6:38pm | Type: Blog

I’ve written a couple of pieces recently that have gotten a lot of attention about why younger people tend to walk away from church. Some readers suggested I might also post a piece about why young adults come ...

What is Church 2.0?
Originally Posted: 03/15/2012 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

Here is a condensed version of a workshop I offer on the concept of “Church 2.0.” I talk in it about the popularity of things like the “Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus” video and Mark Driscoll’s Acts 29 Net ...

Young Evangelicals: Unaffiliated Does Not Always Mean UnChristian
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

While some of my fellow millenials are jumping ship on Christiainity--many are not so much leaving the big-C “Church,” as they are leaving established churches. There has been a l ...

Four More (BIG) Reasons Young Adults Quit Church
Originally Posted: 03/12/2012 - 11:17am | Type: Blog

There are a plethora of reasons young adults are leaving the Church. Adding to yesterday's list, Christian Piatt explores more. There has been a surprisingly positive respons ...

Seven Reasons Why Young Adults Quit Church
Originally Posted: 03/11/2012 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

From time to time I revisit the question: Why are young adults walking away from religion? Although the answer(s) vary from person to person, there are some general trends that I think apply in most cases. ...

Who Hijacked My Church?
Originally Posted: 03/01/2012 - 5:46pm | Type: Blog

“Church folks are just too political!” When people are asked why they have decided to leave the church, this has become an increasingly popular response. And, sadly, it is a particularly popular response for ...

TRANSCRIPT: Barack Obama and The God Factor Interview
Originally Posted: 02/22/2012 - 5:43pm | Type: Blog

In 2004 I met then-State Sen. Barack Obama at Café Baci, a small coffee shop in Chicago. We spoke for more than an hour. He came alone. No handler, no spokesperson, no notes. He seemed to be relaxed and at eas ...

Gospel Great Marvin Winans to Lead Funeral for Whitney Houston
Originally Posted: 02/16/2012 - 12:42pm | Type: Blog

NEWARK, N.J. — Grammy Award winner and longtime family friend Marvin Winans will deliver the eulogy for Whitney Houston during her funeral Saturday (Feb. 18) at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, the chur ...

Something in the Blood
Originally Posted: 02/14/2012 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

Once in a while, we have an opportunity to catch a glimpse of grace in the middle of the worst humanity has to offer. And it’s in those moments that I tend to recognize God in our midst. ...

Pete Hoekstra and Cultural IQ: Why It Matters to the Church
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 10:08am | Type: Blog

Our nation is moving rapidly towards racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity, and American Christianity is bearing witness to these dramatic changes. Workplaces, congregations, conferences, and readerships are ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 01/05/2012 - 12:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Widow, Queen, Lover, Warrior; Faith in the Struggle; The Message; ‘Do Not Cast Me Away.’ Widow ...

What Next for the Occupiers?
Originally Posted: 01/09/2012 - 12:33pm | Type: Magazine Article

Bill McKibben There are many things they seemed to hold in common, not least an instinctive nonviolence, contrasting so sharply with the ...

Christians and Climate Change: What Would MLK Do?
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 4:53pm | Type: Blog

The legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the reality of climate change are both victims of western culture’s remarkable capacity to accommodate and neutralize that which is most critical of it. ...

Viral: "Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus"
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

Are you a Christian who spends a lot of time online? Then perhaps you've heard of Jeff Bethke. Bethke, aka bball1989, is a spoken word poet whose rhymes and videos are capturing the attention of thousands ...

Why the "War on Christmas" Doesn't Translate Across the Pond
Originally Posted: 12/23/2011 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

Christmas matters. It changes people. For some, it is what brings them to Jesus. Throughout history, we British have had our fair share of wars. You guys are probably still mad ...

Lowes, Lowes, Lowes ...
Originally Posted: 12/15/2011 - 6:25pm | Type: Blog

Lowes pulled its ad dollars from a show that aims to tighten the tapestry we call America because of a faux controversy drummed up by a hate group that said, through its claims of “propaganda," that it� ...

Larry Shallenberger answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 12/07/2011 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

The term "Evangelical" is like a pair of hand-me-down underwear. It's been stretched over so many shapes and sizes that it's lost its snap and doesn't fit anyone anymore. ...

The Afternoon News: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

The Afternoon News: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 CHRISTIANTIY TODAY: The Defining Issue Of The 2012 Presidential Race? Forecasting election outcomes is dangerous business, but I c ...

Light in the darkness – an interview with Daniel Walker, author of "God in a Brothel"
Originally Posted: 12/07/2011 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

Author Daniel Walker sits down with Sojourners' James Colten to talk about his new book, "God in a Brothel," the scourge of child slavery and the sex industry worldwide, and the church's r ...

Why How We Do Anything Means Everything
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

How helps us understand that principled behavior isn't merely something a PR/Corporate Social Responsibility staff or attorneys tell us is important. Rather it is the surest path to success and relevance ...

Boo! It's Jesus!: Halloween and Evangelization
Originally Posted: 11/01/2011 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

Is Halloween a prime time for evangelism? Are religious tracts passed out along with (or in lieu of) "treats" really the best way to spread the gospel message? Is ...

Wallis and Mohler Debate Social Justice and the Gospel
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

The Rev. Jim Wallis and Dr. Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, went head to head Thursday night at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School outside Chicago in a debate over the hot ...

News: Quick Links
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

NPR/AP: Economy Grew 2.5 Pct. In Q3 As Consumers Rebound NPR/AP: Economy Grew 2.5 Pct. In Q3 As Consumers Rebound WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy grew modestly over th ...

Linda Midgett answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

I think an evangelical is someone who believes Jesus is the Son of God, that the Word of God is true, and that we all need redemption from this fallen word. I think an ...

News: Quick Links
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

Fox News takes a poll on #OccupyWallStreet. ... Bet they weren't expecting this: Will Occupy Wall Street's spark reshape our politics? Fox News takes a poll on #Occu ...

Adam Phillips answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 10:33pm | Type: Blog

This video is the latest installment in an ongoing series at God's Politics blog where we've asked leading clergy, writers, scholars, artists, activists and others who self-identify as "evangeli ...

Naked Before the Lord: Unitarians Have More Fun
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

I will go barefoot and naked; I will make lamentation like the jackals, and mourning like the ostriches. -- Micah 1:8 I will go barefoot and naked; I will make lamentati ...

Farewell to Fred Shuttlesworth, Civil Rights Hero
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, a pioneer and giant of the civil rights movement, died Wednesday at 89. The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, a pioneer and giant of the civil rights m ...

#OccupyWallStreet: A Digital Hootenanny
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 7:53am | Type: Blog

In the squares of the city, In the shadow of a steeple; By the relief office, I'd seen my people. As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking, Is this land made for you and me? ...

WAR NO MORE
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 8:16am | Type: Blog

This Friday, October 7, 2011, marks 10 years since the United States invaded Afghanistan in the name of the "War on Terror." Sadly, this summer President Obama announced he'll continue our milit ...

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 ...

Pat Robertson: I'm Out
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 8:30am | Type: Blog

Mark your calendars. The Rev. Pat Robertson has announced his ersatz retirement from politics. Robertson, 81, tells the Associated Press that he will no longer offer political endorsements. ...

The Gospel Should Be Offensive
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 8:53am | Type: Blog

Before Jesus was born, his mother Mary predicted that he would offend some people. In the Magnificat she sang: "He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the pow ...