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The Thrill of the Race
Originally Posted: 05/28/2013 - 1:52pm | 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 - 11:00am | 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 - 2:15pm | 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 - 4:30pm | 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 - 1:10pm | 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 - 9:05am | 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 - 9:05am | 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 - 3:18pm | 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 - 8:05am | 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 - 12:11pm | 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 - 12:10pm | 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 - 2:44pm | 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 - 3:28pm | 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 - 3:01pm | 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 - 4:10pm | 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 - 11:43am | 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 - 1:13pm | 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 - 3:15pm | 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 - 3:32pm | 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 - 3:48pm | 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 - 3:20pm | 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. ...

Desmond Tutu Wins $1.7 Million 2013 Templeton Prize
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

Desmond Tutu, the former Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, who won a Nobel Peace Prize for his battle against apartheid, has won the 2013 Templeton Prize, which is billed as the most significant ...

VIDEO: The Story of the Common Good
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 12:50pm | Type: Blog

I invite you to watch this short video, and to engage in the discussion as we move forward, toward our common good. Years ago, I tutored inner-city kids from my Washington, D.C., ...

The Political Subversion of the Cross
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 8:43am | Type: Blog

My fear as we remember the horrible and horrific event of the crucifixion, is that we have forgotten much of its significance, both historically in Jesus’ time and for us today. ...

Does Postmodern Theology Risk Becoming What It 'Hates?'
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 7:59am | Type: Blog

hereas there’s a great potential benefit in challenging, or even actively deconstructing everything from our image of God to our notion of all things supernatural or miraculous, there’s also the risk that we e ...

No Time for Arm-Chair Activists
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 8:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Those who study together can also change together. Here are our recommendations for good books, videos, and online resources ...

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. ...

Marcus Mumford and the Trouble With Labels
Originally Posted: 04/03/2013 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Marcus Mumford, the 26-year-old lead singer of the wildly successful British band Mumford & Sons, raised the hackles of religious folks (in some quarters) when he decli ...

Getting Ahead of Ourselves? (Rob Bell Blogalogue Part 7)
Originally Posted: 04/03/2013 - 1:43pm | Type: Blog

Nuanced or not, are Christians, especially evangelicals, perceived as being against things like peacemaking? (The Controversial figure Rob Bell has created another firestorm wit ...

God For Us and The Scandal of Being Good (Rob Bell Blogalogue Part 6)
Originally Posted: 04/02/2013 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

At the heart of the Christian message lies the ridiculous, absurd, and even scandalous message that God is for everyone. (The Controversial figure Rob Bell has created another f ...

Awake My Soul (Rob Bell Blogalogue Part 5)
Originally Posted: 04/01/2013 - 8:15am | Type: Blog

Why does Rob write this stuff? Whose side is he on? Yours. Mine. Ours. It's the Monday after Easter, and I couldn't think of a better day to talk about God being with us ...

What Do You Mean, 'Open,' Rob? (Rob Bell Blogalogue Part 3)
Originally Posted: 03/28/2013 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Scientific inquiry and Biblical interpretation are not the same thing. So what's Rob's purpose for this chapter? (The Controversial figure Rob Bell has created another ...

The God of Jesus: Beyond Religious Tribalism (Rob Bell Blogaglogue, Part 2)
Originally Posted: 03/27/2013 - 6:33am | Type: Blog

Rob Bell isn’t making up new ways to talk about God. Throughout the book, Rob explores what God has done in the past and how God continues to pull all humans into a global future that has “greater and greater ...

The Real Message of Easter
Originally Posted: 03/26/2013 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

In Christianity’s passage through Holy Week to Easter Day, a moment of truth will arrive. In Christianity’s passage through Holy Week to Easter Day, a moment of truth will arrive. ...

Victims Raise Profile of ‘Spiritual Abuse’
Originally Posted: 03/26/2013 - 6:32am | Type: Blog

Wanjico, of Casa Grande, Ariz., was 17 years old when she chose to go with the congregation and shun her mom. Looking back now, at age 49, she says it was the most devastating thing she’s ever done. ...

An Open Letter to Rob Bell
Originally Posted: 03/25/2013 - 6:11pm | Type: Blog

What I think Rob Bell is doing is not so much giving us new ideas (though, given some of the ecclesial silos many of us have been reared in some of these ideas might seem new). Instead, Rob is lending his voic ...

Gordon Cosby: My Mentor
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 3:21pm | Type: Blog

In a time when egalitarianism defines nearly all relationships as the desired norm, it’s well to remember the role of mentors who maintain, purely through their own internal integrity and faithfulness, a spiri ...

Nonviolent Resistance Through Fantasia: On Peter Rollins' 'Idolatry of God'
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 3:37pm | Type: Blog

My central problem with Rollins’ work is that he’s not serious enough about the problem of evil, the power of idolatrous capitalism in our world. His system is not robust enough to resist the totalizing power ...

Alabama Senator Denies the Moral Responsibility of Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions recently made the claim that there is no “moral or legal responsibility to reward somebody who entered the country [without documentation].” The momentu ...

After Giving Up Religion, Atheists Try Giving Up Something Else for Lent
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 5:18pm | Type: Blog

What would an “atheist Lent” look like? A group of young nonbelievers are finding out, observing the Christian practice minus its religious context. What would an “atheist Lent” l ...

Walking in the Father's Embrace
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

When are we going to stop teaching that the Father has to look on Jesus to love us? Why do we teach that the Father turns away from us, abandons us because of our sin? When are we going to stop teaching that t ...

On Earth As In Heaven
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 8:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Patrick O'Neill Farm labor organizer Baldemar Velasquez on making it real in the here and now. A RECENT ...

The Wizard We Need
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

Somewhere in the magical middle of this movie, the not-yet-wizard Oscar Diggs (James Franco) makes his confession: “I'm not the wizard you were expecting, but I may be the wizard you need.” We can apply t ...

Diverse Religion Because of Diverse Creation By a Diverse Creator?
Originally Posted: 03/08/2013 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

Species don’t evolve to become like other species. They evolve into better versions of themselves. I read a lot of Trinitarian theology last semester at Duke Divinity school, most ...

Is God on Our Side?
Originally Posted: 03/05/2013 - 10:44am | Type: Blog

What's it like to wrestle with the Divine One? You know, like Jacob did there in the desert one night. You can contend with God, can you not? Is God not then your enemy in some way? ...

Rosa Parks Statue Unveiled at Capitol, Celebrated by AME Church
Originally Posted: 02/28/2013 - 1:32pm | Type: Blog

A bronze statue of civil rights heroine Rosa Parks was unveiled at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, a day for members of her African Methodist Episcopal Church to celebrate one of their own. ...

From Lent To Love: From Your Friendly Neighborhood Troubadour
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

If you read the text as a propositional description of God, it can be a rather disturbing image as God keens agonizingly one minute, and rages menacingly the next. It is almost a frightening glimpse of someon ...

Waiting for God in the Dark Night of the Soul: On Peter Rollins' Atheism for Lent
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

I love Peter Rollins' honesty about his dark night of the soul. He's popularized a term for the intellectual position accompanying the dark night of the soul: a/theism. I interpret Peter's thoug ...

Christianity Is Not a Club
Originally Posted: 02/22/2013 - 1:39pm | Type: Blog

The Gospel is public truth, available to everyone, that reveals to all flesh who it is who rules all things by love, who holds all things in the grip of grace, who is making all things new by Christ's res ...

The Art of Slowing Down (And The Wisdom of Louis Armstrong)
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

This world. It’s so beautiful. And every day, we have the opportunity to relish it. How many days are spent checking off to-do-list items on the backs of receipts? Why do we think we’re so busy all the time? W ...