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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 ...

Pentecost and the Crucifixion of Privilege
Originally Posted: 05/28/2013 - 4:22pm | Type: Blog

While we continue to live in a society that unjustly rewards some at the expense of others, the Gospel exposes and crucifies such circumstances, and in doing so, we are set free from the lures of privilege and ...

The Thrill of the Race
Originally Posted: 05/28/2013 - 2:52pm | Type: Blog

What I have found at the Speedway (never “Indy”) is similar to the best faith moments I have had: pure experience, no pretense, no whining, a clear focus on what matters, never for sale to high bidders, never ...

Tornadoes, Butterfly People, and Finding the Sacred in Collective Stories
Originally Posted: 05/28/2013 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

In the chaotic scenes depicted of Moore, Okla., last week, it was difficult to find God. After witnessing the profound impact of the Joplin, Mo., tornado last year from a nearb ...

The Megachurch vs. Minichurch: Do Popularity and Growth Really Matter?
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

In a Westernized culture captivated by success and money, we often make judgments based on the size of a church — or organization, ministry, and community. But our preconceived opinions are often wrong. ...

Christians: It's NOT a Sin to Change Your Beliefs
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

But theology — our study and beliefs about God — should be a natural process involving change instead of avoiding it. Our God is too big and too wonderful to completely understand by the time we graduate high ...

Tales of a Male 'Preacher's Wife'
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 2:10pm | Type: Magazine Article

Christian Piatt The stats say that women in the workplace – from seminaries to the boardroom – have become the norm, but being a stay-at- ...

What God Has Joined
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite Social, political, and economic forces can either undermine the institution of marriage–or foster a society w ...

From the Archives: June-July 1974
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Edith Black The Mark of True Faith COMING TO know Christ can be likened to culture shock, when all the old eg ...

A Mother's Love
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday Kay Stewart shared this poem at the cemetery as we laid to rest the ashes of her first-born daughter Katherine (“Katie”). Yesterday Kay Stewart shared this at the c ...

Redefining Faith
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

We often assume and speak as if faith = belief. If this leads to action, that is wonderful. Yet we still assume it is possible to speak about faith even if there is no action. La ...

Reflections Along the Way of Terminal Illness
Originally Posted: 05/09/2013 - 1:11pm | Type: Blog

“IT’S RAINING, IT’S POURING” was written the day we learned that Katie’s incurable Leiomyosarcoma had taken a turn for the worse. In memory of Katherine (“Katie”) Elizabeth Slaikeu Nolan. ...

'Created to Do Good Works?'
Originally Posted: 05/08/2013 - 1:10pm | Type: Blog

In their determination to not be ‘saved by works’ they have cultivated a historically isolated, theologically sterile, spiritually impotent ‘faith’ that I can only describe as ‘Christian inertia.' ...

Why I Made My Teenager Go to Church
Originally Posted: 05/06/2013 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

In this age when the “spiritual but not religious” seem to have more relevance than churchgoers, it’s easy to wonder why church attendance matters at all. But I believe that we need common spaces, more ground ...

Yoga As a 'Connection to God'
Originally Posted: 05/03/2013 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

At the beginning of the year, I embarked on a two-month sabbatical to recover from a rough 2012. I needed to recharge, and resolved to rest, spend time with the people I love most, and find some kind of physic ...

We Don't Need Your Cookies
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

When we complete a task, it is good to celebrate the end result, but what do we really remember? Is it not the people, the things we did, and the lessons learned in the process of completing the task? ...

Post-Boston Bombings, Female Converts to Islam Face Growing Scrutiny
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 5:10pm | Type: Blog

Converts to Islam are as diverse as the rest of America, racially and ethnically, as well as in their interpretations of the faith. Some female converts wear a headscarf; some don’t. What they share is the per ...

Still A Believer: A Talk with Singer-Songwriter Nataly Dawn
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 12:43pm | Type: Blog

A while back I had an opportunity to sit down and talk with up-and-coming singer-songwriter Nataly Dawn about faith and songwriting. Dawn grew up in France, went to Stanford for undergrad, and made it big on Y ...

Everyday Moments of Resurrection
Originally Posted: 04/23/2013 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

The cross, the empty tomb, the moment of divine inspiration are repeated every day and everywhere. They’re ongoing and participatory. Many experience those moments of inspiration each day. ...

Boston Bombings Bring Chaplains into New Ground
Originally Posted: 04/19/2013 - 4:15pm | Type: Blog

In a week when Boston hospitals cared for more than 170 bomb victims, staff chaplains were suddenly in great demand. They moved calmly from emergency departments to waiting rooms and employee lounges, offering ...

Theologian Tries to Make Sense of Son’s Death
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 4:32pm | Type: Blog

Grief as the subject of memoir is now commonplace. But this volume, written by a professor of preaching at Duke Divinity School, conveys not only the anguish of grieving families, but also offers testimony to ...

Atheists Find a Sunday-Morning Connection with Other Nonbelievers
Originally Posted: 04/16/2013 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

Sunday mornings at Houston Oasis may look and feel of a church, but there’s no cross, Bible, hymnal, or stained glass depictions of Jesus. There’s also nary a trace of doctrine, dogma, or theology. ...

Submission: Freedom and Community
Originally Posted: 04/05/2013 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

Freedom has always been important to Americans, but a short-sighted definition of freedom has played havoc with the common good recently. Communities, essential to our survival and well-being, are suffering. ...