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4 Ways Jesus Was Like a Millennial
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

Christians, especially around the blogosphere, are infatuated with 'Millennial Christianity,' but in many ways ‘Millennial Christianity’ is simply a modern-day attempt at reconstructing the example o ...

What We Need Right Now
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 12:34pm | Type: Blog

Laws can help to restrain us, and can help by making it a little less easy for us to find ourselves armed for murder. But we need something more, something that churches are better equipped to offer than legis ...

Five Things That Are Holding Christianity Back
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 9:06am | Type: Blog

In my ongoing effort to help name trends and offer an alternative way of thinking about our faith, here are the five biggest things I’ve seen that tend to keep us from doing our best work as the living, breath ...

Making All Things New
Originally Posted: 09/19/2013 - 9:47am | Type: Blog

I have little confidence in universal human capacities to save or fix the world but I do believe there's a new humanity revealed in Jesus Christ that is capable of redeeming Creation, of making all things ...

Unexpected Sightings: My Emmaus Moment
Originally Posted: 09/09/2013 - 5:20pm | Type: Blog

God is present in every aspect of human life — from the trees, to the clouds, to the faces of people we interact with each day. They are all created by the same hands of the same God. ...

Christianity: Has Education Replaced Transformation?
Originally Posted: 09/09/2013 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

This infinite God can rarely be summarized by a quick theological question or answer, and this God cannot be completely understood merely by words, definitions, and data. American ...

Study: Too Much Religion Can Harm Economy
Originally Posted: 09/03/2013 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

Too much religion can harm a society’s economy by undermining the drive for financial success, according to a new study in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. ...

Introverts: Caring for Dandelions
Originally Posted: 08/29/2013 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

Perhaps in this age, the best we can do is find a broken ethic of “preventing the most harm” in a broken world that refuses to adopt instead an age-changing ethic of creating nurture. ...

Seekers of Truth or Defenders of Belief?
Originally Posted: 08/27/2013 - 7:44am | Type: Blog

Are we more concerned with being right or loving others? The differences are paramount. One Sunday morning, I was facilitating a discussion with the teenagers in my small group. ...

The Thing: Who Do You Say That I Am?
Originally Posted: 08/26/2013 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

This thing that churches are wrangling with, this reasoning about why to gather, who we follow as we gather, and what our lives in the world should proclaim, is not a question for a bunch of Gen X malcontents ...

How to Make Space to Create, And Why It Matters
Originally Posted: 08/22/2013 - 12:21pm | Type: Blog

When the challenge enters the picture, all of a sudden my kids are timid and anxious about their creations. They’ll ask me what I think of them, something they never do otherwise — usually they just present th ...

How Antoinette Tuff Showed the Solution Is Not More Guns in Our Schools
Originally Posted: 08/22/2013 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

When major news networks began playing a recording of suburban Atlanta school employee Antoinette Tuff’s 911 call reporting a shooter in her school’s building on Tuesday, I almost turned off the TV. Then, I he ...

The American Church: Searching for a New Imprint
Originally Posted: 08/21/2013 - 10:52am | Type: Blog

Christian congregations in America are dying for many reasons — smugness, excessive infighting, fear of change, aversion to risk, perpetuating ineffective practices — but one reason is this reality of imprint. ...

Steve Jobs: Prophet of a New Religion
Originally Posted: 08/21/2013 - 8:55am | Type: Blog

The truth about Jobs and religion may be that, in this arena as in others, he was ahead of the cutting edge. The new movie about Steve Jobs is short on anything explicitly religio ...

On Scripture: The Power of Love
Originally Posted: 08/19/2013 - 3:36pm | Type: Blog

While there may be interesting, and coincidental, similarities between the woman in Luke 13 and the women of Magdalene up to this point, where their stories converge is that none of them were looking for Jesus ...

Why Wild Goose Matters
Originally Posted: 08/19/2013 - 9:21am | Type: Blog

It's not every day that you can walk by a makeshift tent and listen to Phyllis Tickle succinctly summarize the history of Christendom in 45 minutes, and then wander over and pick up a vegetarian pita sand ...

God Loves a Holy Mess
Originally Posted: 08/13/2013 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

Biblical writers suggest that God loves a holy mess. They compare God’s creative spirit to a strong wind, and we all know what happens when a powerful wind blows through our windows or through our lives — ever ...

The Fake Church v. the Real Church
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

Our faith in Christ gives us hope and strength and courage, but it doesn’t erase reality, and it isn’t meant to create a flawless utopia where we can escape from the world’s problems. But many churches attempt ...

Can a Hebrew Charter School Teach the Language but Not the Faith?
Originally Posted: 08/08/2013 - 9:24am | Type: Blog

As a public school, Sela can’t ask students about their religion, but Lody estimates that only about 20 percent of the school’s 120 students will be Jewish, and more than half will be African-American. ...

Comics & Faith with Gene Luen Yang
Originally Posted: 08/08/2013 - 10:44am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors In the September-October 2013 issue of Sojourners magazine, senior associate editor Julie Polter interviewed award-winning comic book author and artist Gene ...

In God We (Don’t) Trust
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:29pm | Type: Blog

The truth is that our faith and spirituality is often dependent on hundreds of different relationships, factors, institutions, and circumstances that we directly correlate with God. ...

Have I Become the Christian I Can't Stand?
Originally Posted: 08/05/2013 - 8:14am | Type: Blog

Being aware of my faults, I will continue to strive to live out the Gospel message as faithfully as possible, and along the way I hope to bring others to know the same God of love and acceptance that I do. ...

The Church of the Long Haul
Originally Posted: 08/15/2013 - 3:55pm | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C WHICH SCRIPTURES WILL our biases tempt ...

There’s Something in the Air: Grace
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 9:42am | Type: Blog

Rather than a Third Great Awakening I believe we are standing in the threshold of a Great Grace Awakening. It’s a move of the Holy Spirit drawing people away from legalistic and fear-based beliefs to a place s ...

Vanity of Vanities: Does Ministry Really Matter?
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 8:47am | Type: Blog

The system is broken, and we are broken with it. The religious systems have failed the people they claim to serve, and our social safety nets have holes large enough for lives to slip through, nearly undetecte ...

Do Not Bear False Witness Against Your Neighbor: The Surfer Boy and the Receptionist
Originally Posted: 07/31/2013 - 3:51pm | Type: Blog

What’s sinful is comparing Christianity with other religions in a way that is dishonest, untrue, or misrepresents other religions or the followers of those other religions. In other words, it is a sin to bear ...

Questioning the Bible: What I Would Have Said to Bill Maher
Originally Posted: 07/30/2013 - 1:46pm | 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. ...

Ramadan, a Shared Table, and Following Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 3:26pm | Type: Blog

As I often say, as followers of Jesus, we have no choice but to move toward relationships with those who are marginalized, dehumanized, and in need of love. We don’t compromise our faith by hanging out with pe ...

A Lifesaving Partnership
Originally Posted: 07/26/2013 - 10:41am | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey The Global Fund has a plan to win the fight against the three major diseases of poverty—and it's working. ...

A Jew and a Mormon Find Common Ground Midair
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Blog

I don’t know what John thought of me when he first saw me, after we spoke, or now, a few days later. But as we were exiting our aisle, John and I thanked each other for such civil and rich discourse. ...

Mother Searches for God’s Purpose in the Midst of Grief
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

Sarah Decareaux was lying on the cold, concrete floor of a barn. Sarah Decareaux was lying on the cold, concrete floor of a barn. She closed her eyes, curled her knees into her ...

10 Things THE CHURCH Can't Do While Following Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/09/2013 - 8:28am | 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 ...

July 4th and the Table of Demons
Originally Posted: 07/03/2013 - 8:52am | Type: Blog

For Jehovah’s Witnesses, the trouble with patriotism is twofold: 1) it tempts us to equate God and nation, and 2) it provides a sacred cover for violence. On July 4 th  I will b ...

Struggle of Faith
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Leigh Donaldson Early morning before he unlocks the church gate the rector kneels before the gridiron fence surrounding the Cathedral, not in prayer but to c ...

On Scripture: Resistance is Futile
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 4:59pm | Type: Blog

For others with different theological and political perspectives, these decisions will be a difficult test, and they will struggle to accept them. I pray for their comfort and consolation. ...

Christianity for Non-Christians
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 6:54am | Type: Blog

There are lots of biases and assumptions about Christians out there, many of which are founded in real-life experience. ... But sometimes, if we’re being honest, they’re just wrong. And stupid. ...

13 Questions All Christians Eventually Ask Themselves
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:29pm | Type: Blog

During the Christian spiritual journey, followers of Christ are forced to eventually face some basic faith-related questions. Here are a few of the most common ones. During the Ch ...

ICYMI: Vampire Weekend Wrestle with Faith ... Wait, Really?
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

On this album, the third in what Koenig sees as a trilogy, Vampire Weekend manage to mature their poppy, eclectic sound, drawing from all sorts of genres and international songs — as they normally do — but als ...

Sermon — Prayer, Actually — on Jesus Loving Us So Much He Wants to Throw Up
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

I’m not a fan of the over-use of the term “the Lord. ”Like when people say “I just love the Lord,” I just never really know what that means. The way it’s casually thrown around makes me uncomfortable. ...

Losing Control and Learning to Trust: My Unexpected Diagnosis
Originally Posted: 06/13/2013 - 12:08pm | Type: Blog

We have a God who will always find ways to bring love and justice into the world with and without us, and sometimes despite our best efforts and human attempts to keep “control.” ...

Memory, Identity, and the Fourth of July
Originally Posted: 06/17/2013 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

There are moments, before and after the Revolution, that we mutually agree to forget in order to plant hands to hearts and let tears fall on the fourth day of the seventh month every year. ...

10 POLITICAL Things You Can't Do While Following Jesus
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

Jesus didn't worry much about stepping on political toes, and the Bible insists that governments be just toward the least of these (the books of the prophets alone make this point very clear). ...

Raising Children to Be Global Citizens
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

We quickly realized that the very best gift we could give our children is to live the kind of life we would desire them to live as faithful followers of Jesus. In other words, if we are to be role models to ou ...

10 Things You Can't Do While Following Jesus
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

Lots of people claim to be “following Jesus” and then they do stuff like this. Sure, people who follow Jesus do these things all the time, but you can't say you are doing them because you are trying to fo ...

Wounding and Welcome in the Church
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Jason Howard Does Jesus Really Love Me? A Gay Christians Pilgrimage in Search of God in America. Harper TWO Y ...

Should a Christian Watch 'Game of Thrones?'
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 2:11pm | Type: Blog

Is there anything morally redeeming about Game of Thrones? Does the hit HBO series even have a moral vision? Is there anything morally redeeming about  Game of Thrones ? Does t ...

Marks
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

Editor’s Note: The following poem by Trevor Scott Barton was written while he was living in Africa and reading The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi. Editor ’ ...

Hashtag Christianity
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:25pm | Type: Blog

I have multiple online identities, the result of subconsciously trying to be a better version of myself — a better follower of Christ. But these various personalities that I portray among social media sites ar ...

Is a Messiah’s Work Never Done?
Originally Posted: 05/29/2013 - 2:01pm | 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 ...

On Scripture: Faith in New Places
Originally Posted: 05/29/2013 - 9:22am | Type: Blog

A dialogue becomes possible between faith communities in the midst of the world’s brokenness, a dialogue that is rooted not in maintaining established identities but in being attentive to the cry coming from t ...