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Thanksgiving Everyday
Originally Posted: 11/28/2012 - 12:50pm | Type: Blog

Thanksgiving Day keeps coming around, keeps reminding us of what could be, keeps giving us tastes of what God wants for us. Thanksgiving Day speaks the bold truth that God isn't done with us. A world of w ...

The Naked Artist: Narcissism or Self-Giving Love?
Originally Posted: 11/27/2012 - 11:09am | Type: Blog

To rejoice in not being God means to rejoice in being ourselves. To accept that we are not God is to accept our imperfection. How is it possible that the creative life can feel si ...

'Life of Pi:' A Story to 'Make You Believe in God'
Originally Posted: 11/22/2012 - 10:41am | Type: Blog

Life of Pi, adapted from Yann Martel’s moving book, takes on massive questions — who is God, how do we find God, and why do bad things happen to us — as we follow Pi, a zookeeper’s son shipwrecked on a lifeboa ...

Bono Preaches the Gospel of Social Justice at Georgetown
Originally Posted: 11/14/2012 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

"It changed him," Bono said of St. Ignatius and his conversion experience. "It forced him out of bed and into the world. And that's what I'm hoping happens here in Georgetown with you. ...

Links of Awesomeness: October 26, 2012
Originally Posted: 10/26/2012 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

Today's awesome links! Ever wonder what other people look like when they turn the corner in a haunted house and — BOOM — out of nowhere comes that one guy dressed in a su ...

Tripp Hudgins' Busted Stuff: Abundant Life
Originally Posted: 10/24/2012 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

What do you have to say about "living abundantly"? How do you deal with anxiety when you think about the future of churches? What do you have to say about "living ...

Sermon on Snot-Nosed Children, Insecurity, and The Lap of God
Originally Posted: 09/25/2012 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

How often, like the disciples, do the times of cowardice, boasting, and fear come from the fact that we don’t know or don’t believe that, like a child in the lap of God, there simply is no longer any basis for ...

Taking America Back for God?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2012 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

Yet, as Gregory A. Boyd notes in his important book The Myth of a Christian Nation, taking America BACK for God assumes we were at one really belonged to God, followed God, listened to God. Boyd goes on to ask ...

Texas Cheerleaders Clamor for G-O-D at Football Games
Originally Posted: 09/24/2012 - 7:32am | Type: Blog

Cheerleaders at an East Texas high school are fighting their school district’s orders to stop using Bible quotes on their signs at football games. Cheerleaders at an East Texas hi ...

A Prayer for the Anniversary of 9/11
Originally Posted: 09/11/2013 - 7:03am | Type: Blog

Good and gracious God, Today we come before you with heavy hearts as we remember the events of 9/11. Good and gracious God, Today we come before you with heavy hearts as we ...

How the Lord’s Prayer Saved a 9/11 Survivor
Originally Posted: 09/11/2012 - 5:01pm | Type: Blog

“There are thousands of stories from 9/11. Some are stories of pain and survival. Many are stories of heroism. Mine is a story of faith.” For John Mahony, a retired U.S. Army colo ...

Where Is God in 9/11?
Originally Posted: 09/11/2012 - 3:33pm | Type: Blog

While watching the replayed video of the plane colliding with the first tower, the second tower attack came. And then there were the reports of similar attacks at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania. At that mome ...

Removing 'God' and Letting God In
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 1:59pm | Type: Blog

On the heels of the Republican National Convention, where the shadow of the Religious Right still ominously looms, it was notable that the Democratic National Convention opened with a debate over the absence o ...

UPDATE: Democrats RESTORE "God" to Party Platform
Originally Posted: 09/06/2012 - 2:35pm | Type: Blog

UDATE: (Posted 9/6/12) Criticized by Republicans and some members of their own party, Democrats voted to restore the word “God” to the Democratic national platform late Wednesday (Sept. 5). The GOP had seized ...

Heaven's Heart
Originally Posted: 08/28/2012 - 8:07am | Type: Blog

So this "soul" that we speak of — this part of our selves that isn't grounded in physical being but is spiritual (whatever that means) that we expect or hope will live on after our mortal coils ...

Want to Know God? Get Religion.
Originally Posted: 08/13/2012 - 9:04am | Type: Blog

God is bigger than the craft that is religion. God is not what we do. Nor is God some Collective Self. God is more than we can contain in even our most imaginative moments. God is more than the people who have ...

Church No More: Part 4 — I Don't Want to Go Back
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

I do not want to go back to Church because life outside of Church is better. It just is. There's no dogma complicating the path to God. It is more than refreshing to escape the games church-folk play with ...

All Sinners, All Saints, All Welcome
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 9:12am | Type: Blog

"I am a flawed person. I should not be allowed to be here talking to you. But you know what? That's the God we're dealing with, people." ~ Nadia Bolz-Weber to the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering ...

Trapped in Your Own Story: Salome, Herod and John the Baptist
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 12:26pm | Type: Blog

Herod was trapped in his own story and it feels to me like it’s a story that tortured him, one from which he felt there was no escape. When our own little stories begin to feel self-contained and inescapable, ...

Take From Me These Myths: A Prayer
Originally Posted: 07/10/2012 - 2:43pm | Type: Blog

Good and gracious God: Today, like the rest of the world, when I woke I wrapped myself in myths. They are comfortable and warming in what can seem like such a cold world. Yes, they are old and worn but they ...

Church No More: Part 2 — Church That Doesn't Steal Your Joy
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 11:48am | Type: Blog

I lost my joy. I suspect there are a few of you who feel the same way. Not that you aren't happy, but there is this deep place of celebratory joy which you once knew that really doesn't come around m ...

Health Care and Judgment Day (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 8:54am | Type: Blog

One-hundred years after Teddy Roosevelt pressed for a national health care program — the Supreme Court has levied its judgment: States can opt out, but they cannot prevent the nation from offering its citizens ...

With God Some Things Never Change
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 9:48am | Type: Blog

Peace is better than war. Good of the whole is better than whims of a few. God wants everybody — red, yellow, black, brown and white taken care of. God wants true community, more togetherness … not more separa ...

The Death of Cynicism
Originally Posted: 06/28/2012 - 12:09am | Type: Blog

I knew I was cynical, but I didn’t know I was about to die from my cynicism. Then I went to the Wild Goose Festival. I wasn’t healed there. Just the opposite. I was playfully wooed to mourn the passing of my y ...

It's Time to Say a Brave YES to What You Were Made For
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 1:56pm | Type: Blog

Arloa Sutter didn’t know what she was doing, but she did it anyways. I love gutsy people like that. I want to tell you the story of one brave woman who has given her life to live ...

Adam, Eve and That Damned Snake
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 12:48pm | Type: Blog

Because now, according to this version of what the story is about, every person born after that inherited original sin from Eve. That’s right. Eve messed it up for everyone by eating some piece of fruit God to ...

Anne Lamott's Commencement Speech at U.C. Berkely: 'You Are Not Your Bank Account ... You Are Spirit.'
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

Author Anne Lamott, one of our favorite Jesus-loving subversives, recently delivered the undergraduate and interdisciplinary studies commencement address at the University of California at Berkeley. ...

Snake Handling, Stigmata and Testing God
Originally Posted: 06/01/2012 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

Faith is an orientation toward something rather than an arrival at it. Faith is a daily practice, not a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Yet we continue to try to define God, faith and the Bible on our own terms ...

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 ...

Unexpected Hope: The Vocation of the Church
Originally Posted: 05/17/2012 - 2:22pm | Type: Blog

So I want to speak directly to you about the vocation of the church in the world. Let me start with a baseball story. I have been a Little League baseball coach for both my son’s teams over many years. And I’ ...

Mom: Prayer, Pure Sweetness and No Nudity Involved
Originally Posted: 05/11/2012 - 9:30am | Type: Blog

“Get working on your prayer life,” I told myself. I knew what made my mother who she was. She was close to very few people. But she was close to God. Whatever character defects my mother started out with, the ...

I Have Met The Stranger, and He Is Me
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 10:44am | Type: Blog

To believe is easy. You can fill stadiums with people wanting to believe, either to solidify what they already think or to grasp hold of something because they feel cast adrift and lost at sea. To doubt, to in ...

Tearing Down the Thin Veil: 20 Years After the Rodney King Riots
Originally Posted: 04/27/2012 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

This weekend, if you can believe it, marks the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots that followed the verdict in the Rodney King trial that acquitted four police officers of any wrong doing. Maybe some of ...

President Obama to Young Evangelicals: 'God’s Hand is Moving through His People'
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

In a video address Tuesday, President Obama told hundreds of young evangelical Christian leaders gathered at the Q Conference in Washington, D.C., that they had a partner in the White House in their humanitari ...

Faith is Certain and Endless
Originally Posted: 04/03/2012 - 10:59pm | Type: Blog

Faith alone offers no guarantees. Faith is not the proof of our beliefs, but rather the hope that what we choose to believe in is right. While the proven theories in life can only extend to a given limit, the ...

These Dry Bones
Originally Posted: 04/03/2012 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I stood in the middle of a valley. Hot wind whipped the sand at my feet. Dry bones, bleached by the sun covered the valley floor. Son of man, God said, can these bones live? It ...

Poverty 101: A Poem
Originally Posted: 03/27/2012 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

A note from the poet: Two years ago, our church opened its doors and began serving meals to our community. The immense and overwhelming feelings I felt scared me and so I penned them in this poem. Working with ...

Doing Nothing for Lent
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

What struck me most indelibly is how at ease — content, yes, but more than that — Peterson is in his own skin. Fully present. Mellow but absolutely alert, energized, fascinated by the world and the people arou ...

“Pray For Us”: How Can We Pray Effectively for the People of Syria?
Originally Posted: 03/02/2012 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

A headline from Reuters stopped me in my tracks earlier this week. It read, ‘"Pray for us" say Syria rebels as army closes in’." I was struck by how moving I found this statement, this plea. ...

Femsculine Christianity
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:05pm | Type: Blog

No matter how normal this may feel it is time for the people of God to wake up to this broken reality. We cannot blindly accept the cultural assumptions that have been handed down to us. ...

Examining John Piper's "Masculine Christianity"
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

Piper, recently keynoted a conference called “God, Manhood and Ministry: Building Men for the Body of Christ.” On first blush, this sound both exciting and very necessary. Men are leaving organized religion in ...

UK Watchdog Group Bans Christian Ads, Says Divine Healing=False Advertising
Originally Posted: 02/07/2012 - 12:52pm | Type: Blog

LONDON — Britain's powerful media advertising watchdog has banned a Christian group from claiming on its website and brochures that God's cure-all powers can heal a string of medical ailments.The Ad ...

Atheism: A Null Hypothesis on God
Originally Posted: 01/17/2012 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

When I talk about myself in relationship to atheists I often sound like a post-civil-rights white person trying to minimize the gap between myself and another group. When I talk a ...

Football: Our Finest Christian Witness
Originally Posted: 01/11/2012 - 5:39pm | Type: Blog

When God chose Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow to be His witness to a hurting world, it might not have been clear that this was only a temporary calling. When God chose Denve ...

God, PBS and Paul Simon, The "God Chronicler By Accident"
Originally Posted: 01/06/2012 - 9:10pm | Type: Blog

Kim Lawton of PBS's "Religion & Ethics Newsweekly" interviews Paul Simon about God, his music, and the spiritual questions he's asked, and continues to ask, after all these years. ...

God Told Pat Robertson Who the Next President Will Be (But It's a Secret)
Originally Posted: 01/04/2012 - 5:18pm | Type: Blog

In an appearance on his "700 Club" program Tuesday, while Iowans were heading to their caucuses, Robertson, the 1988 Iowa Caucus runner up, told viewers that he had a long conversation with the Almig ...

The Gospel According to Charles Dickens: The Horizon of Death
Originally Posted: 12/25/2011 - 1:51pm | Type: Blog

For a story about conversion, death is a necessary character. It is in the finality of death that our eyes are able to readjust and see the horizon of our life and being. It is wi ...

The Gospel According to Charles Dickens: Moral Imagination
Originally Posted: 12/25/2011 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

Scrooge had not yet lost all his empathy. It took the visions of Christmas past in order to spark it in him but it was still there. The Ghost of Christmas Past showed Scrooge a to ...

Heeding the Bethlehem Call: Freedom Comes from Tenacity
Originally Posted: 12/23/2011 - 12:07pm | Type: Blog

If all who hear the “Bethlehem Call” respond then momentum will build for the liberation of all God’s children in the Holy Land. In preparing to leave for the Holy Land a few week ...

Maybe the Big Bang Wasn’t So Big
Originally Posted: 12/23/2011 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

Does the discovery of the Higgs Boson particle call into question the existence of God? If so, how does God feel about that? I figure she’ll be pissed. The international scientifi ...