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COMMENTARY: More Christian Influence? Be Careful What You Wish For
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 6:07pm | Type: Blog

Right-wing politicians are fond of saying we need more Christian influence in American political life. Right-wing politicians are fond of saying we need more Christian influence i ...

GO: The Biggest Word in the Great Commission
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

Jesus didn’t command his disciples to stand behind a pulpit and preach to make disciples of all nations. He didn’t suggest we threaten them with the prospect of eternal exile and damnation from their church co ...

Are We Preaching a Gospel of Inadequacy?
Originally Posted: 05/27/2014 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

I question whether inadequacy marketing has infiltrated the way we communicate the Christian Gospel. Every time I go to restock my face cream at the cosmetics vendor, inevitably t ...

A Gospel of the Garden
Originally Posted: 04/24/2014 - 8:56am | Type: Blog

Wisdom is calling for every human dwelling — every neighborhood, whether rural, urban, suburban, to protect our environment, and nurture permanent food systems that yield abundance and permanent peace. ...

Seeing and Believing at Easter Time
Originally Posted: 04/14/2014 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

Even in these festive moments, many people express insecurity regarding the quality of their own believing. Easter Sunday marks the holiest, most exalted moment of the Christian ...

The Black Presence in the Bible: Uncovering the Hidden Ones
Originally Posted: 02/21/2014 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

The Bible is a multicultural book. This statement may sound controversial but archeology, history, and the text prove it to be true. “Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia ...

The (Anti)Gospel of Francis Underwood
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

Will you trample over others or will you empty yourself, taking the very nature of a servant? In short, will you choose the way of Frances Underwood or the way of Jesus Christ? ...

Reclaiming the Word
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 1:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

Terry LeBlanc In missionary hands, the gospel was too often a bludgeon used to divide and conquer Native communities. Today, Indigenous t ...

Pope Francis' Message for Washington
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 2:05pm | Type: Blog

As an evangelical whose work has focused on the intersection of faith and public life, let me offer two additional reflections that will render Pope Francis more understandable to our public life. ...

70 Really Is the New 50 ... If You Take Care of Yourself!
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

What is so amazing is that I feel many times better today than I felt at 60, 50, or even 40. 70 really IS the new 50! Good health is a blessing from God. Self-care is a "Thank you" for the blessing. ...

Boo! You're Saved
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 2:23pm | Type: Blog

Can you be scared into salvation? Can you be scared into salvation? For the past 41 years, Liberty University’s “ Scaremare ” has attracted thousands to its haunted attractio ...

On Scripture: I Know What God Looks Like
Originally Posted: 09/09/2013 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

Perhaps we can find signs of God in those places where people bend their backs all day to do what’s necessary to support a household. Those who struggle to make a living wage might have more insight than I do ...

'Zealot:' How Reza Aslan Constructed a False Jesus
Originally Posted: 08/19/2013 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

[Aslan] constantly picks and chooses which verses from the Bible he uses to support his claim that Jesus was a warrior messiah whose goal was to violently overthrow the Roman and religious establishment. ...

Walter White and the Gospel According to ‘Breaking Bad’
Originally Posted: 08/19/2013 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

Since its debut in January 2008, Breaking Bad has taken its audience on a spiritual journey — following Walt’s soul on a slow, steady descent into a hell of his own creation. With ...

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 ...

Loving Like Christ
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 11:16am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Thanks be to God for the life of Gordon Cosby. GORDON COSBY was perhaps the most Christian human b ...

Creating Connections by Erasing Boundaries
Originally Posted: 05/07/2013 - 3:47pm | Type: Blog

Yes, it’s a tough time to be a denominational partisan, to believe one’s own tradition is absolutely right and all others wrong. But that was never God’s desire. God has wanted oneness, not separation; and hum ...

Modern Hymn Writers Revive a Lost Musical Art
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 2:22pm | Type: Blog

Most songwriters in Nashville want to get their songs on the radio. Keith and Kristyn Getty hope their songs end up in dusty old hymnbooks. NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Most songwriters in ...

The Cost of Being 'Christian'
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:43am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper "Richard Twiss was willing to step out for what he believed in." ALL EYES WERE f ...

Reclaiming the Commons
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 12:44pm | Type: Blog

It appears the European commons is a legacy of historic Christianity, while American individualism is a new creation of this country’s Protestant right, or of capitalism gone wild. ...

Discipleship and Strangers: A Cup of Cold Water
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 3:05pm | Type: Blog

A cup of cold water is the minimal requirement for what the Scripture calls hospitality or in the original language, xenophilia — love of the stranger. Jesus says that whoever gives a cup of cold water to thes ...

A Gospel for the Common Good
Originally Posted: 04/01/2013 - 1:16pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Christianity is a call to a relationship that changes all our other relationships. OUR LIFE TOGETH ...

Christianity Is Not a Club
Originally Posted: 02/22/2013 - 2:39pm | 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 ...

Unexpected Grace in Les Miz
Originally Posted: 12/27/2012 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

For many centuries Christmas Day worshippers have been hearing these words as their New Testament reading: “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all” (Titus 2:11). Grace, everyone used to k ...

The Objective Gospel For Suffering Christians
Originally Posted: 11/05/2012 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

Since there was nothing within myself that could fix me, where could I look? Where could I turn? Where can any of us look? “The prevailing view in much of contemporary Christia ...

A Sermon on Hacking Off Our Own Limbs for Jesus
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 1:12pm | Type: Blog

Were I one for object lessons I’d have brought a nice sharp axe with me into the pulpit today. Because it’s only once in awhile that we get to hear Jesus talk about brutal self-mutilation as a sign of disciple ...

A Hip Hop Gospel?
Originally Posted: 09/20/2012 - 8:58am | Type: Blog

Dozens of pop culture books have been written about using hip-hop to evangelize young people, to relate to their lives and bring them into the organized church. But Monica R. Miller, a visiting professor of re ...

The Ethical Opportunity of a Video
Originally Posted: 09/19/2012 - 11:08am | Type: Blog

The recently revealed video of Gov. Mitt Romney at a fundraising event last May is changing the election conversation. I hope it does, but at an even deeper level than the responses so far ...

Healing the Gospel: Did Jesus Die to Save Us From God?
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 1:47pm | Type: Blog

When did the good news become bad news? Why did Jesus have to die? Was it to appease a wrathful God's demand for punishment? Does that mean Jesus died to save us from God? Ho ...

Gender Equality: Why The Gospel Coalition Misses the Gospel
Originally Posted: 08/27/2012 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

Once we catch the subversive spirit of what Jesus and the rest of the New Testament is doing here, we can then see the direction that the New Testament is moving in, and recognize that this is a trajectory tha ...

Social Location at the Goose
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

At Wild Goose, I was humbled to be among justice-seeking Christians seeking to follow in the footsteps of Jesus....It’s this voluntary reconsideration of wealth and rediscovery of our Christian justice traditi ...

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 ...

Bare Feet and Dolphins: Rob Bell's Return
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

The sounds of the Pacific crashing on the shore mix with a reggae tune playing on the outdoor stereo of the bar next door as the speaker, a 41-year-old former pastor and bestselling author, resumes his riff on ...

Q Conference Hopes to Present a Different Face of Evangelical Activism
Originally Posted: 04/10/2012 - 1:26pm | Type: Blog

Gabe Lyons thinks Christian culture warriors are on the wrong path. His sixth annual Q Conference, which opens today in Washington, D.C., is an attempt to do things differently. With 700 participants gathered ...

Life Under Empire
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 3:20pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Clawson What The Hunger Games and the gospels have in common. “THE WORLD will be watching,” runs the ta ...

Ending Poverty in Our Time
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 12:42pm | Type: Blog

Hearing about the injustice and suffering in our world can be overwhelming. The problems seem so insurmountable. Is it really possible to make a difference? Hearing about the inju ...

Black Evangelicals, White Evangelicals and Franklin Graham's Repentance
Originally Posted: 03/01/2012 - 6:20pm | Type: Blog

When Franklin Graham expressed doubts about President Obama’s Christian faith during and interview on Morning Joe last week, it reminded me of an uncomfortable dinner I had in the late ‘90s. ...

Obama Says Faith Mandates Him to Care for The Poor
Originally Posted: 02/02/2012 - 6:12pm | Type: Blog

President Obama connected his faith with his policies toward the poor at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday (2/2/12), a subtle but sharp contrast to remarks made by presidential hopeful Mitt Romney the ...

When Actions Speak Louder than Words: Bill and Melinda Gates
Originally Posted: 02/02/2012 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

While Bill and Melinda Gates don't wear their religiosity or spiritual predilections on their sleeves, they most certainly are doing God's work, intervening to care for and advocate on behalf of the ...

Manners and Morals
Originally Posted: 01/30/2012 - 1:51pm | Type: Blog

Governor Brewer’s demeanor toward the president was inappropriate. However, the deeper question is why would this woman think it is appropriate to put her finger in anyone’s face, president or not? ...

I Continue to Fail “The Poor”
Originally Posted: 01/24/2012 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

Once in a while, it feels like this work is hardly making a dent in the poverty juggernaut we’re fighting against. So sometimes it’s just easier to keep it at arms-length and focus on “the poor.” That may help ...

Defining "Evangelical" and Other Unsolved Mysteries
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

I understand the interest in us evangelicals, I really do. The way much of the mainstream media covers our communities in the news can make us seem like a puzzling subspecies of the American population, not un ...

Gary Bauer is Wrong about the Bible
Originally Posted: 01/11/2012 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

There are Biblical scholars who will argue that it is not clear if the Year of Jubilee was ever actually put into practice. Therefore, Christians today shouldn’t practice it or it’s importance should be dimini ...

The Nerd Gospel
Originally Posted: 01/06/2012 - 5:26pm | Type: Blog

I have a number of identifiers on my various venues I write for and on my email signature: heretic, antagonist, father, son, instigator, pop culture junkie, theologian, social media guru, and so on. But one se ...

A Christmas Reflection: Grace
Originally Posted: 12/25/2011 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

That baby Jesus will be many more things as his life, death, resurrection and eternity continues but here in the straw, and central to everything he will do and be, he is a symbol of grace. This is what Christ ...

Is Tim Tebow on God's Fantasy Football Team?
Originally Posted: 12/13/2011 - 10:25am | Type: Blog

If Tebow and I (and his pastor) are reading the same Gospel, every player in the NFL is on God’s team. Not just Tebow. Not just the ones who pray or express their faith as openly as he does. ...

A Society That Doesn't Believe In The Family
Originally Posted: 11/22/2011 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

If we truly are pro-family, it’s time for us to demonstrate that it means all families, at all times, in all circumstances. " Shattered Families ," a new report from t ...

From Jim Wallis to Billy Graham, on His 93rd Birthday: "Thank you!"
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 5:37am | Type: Blog

Billy Graham is 93 years old today. And all over the world, people are discussing his influence and impact and remembering their own encounters with the world's leading evangelist. ...

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 ...

#OccupySunday: We Are the 100 Percent
Originally Posted: 11/15/2011 - 9:07am | Type: Blog

Any society that will not care for its poor, in effect, prefers its rich. Any society that will not care for its poor, in effect, prefers its rich. It may give power ...