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May God Have Mercy on Fred Phelps
Originally Posted: 03/20/2014 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

A “fringe hatemonger” — that’s what I called Fred Phelps in a letter to the editor of The Washington Times in 1999. A “fringe hatemonger” — that’s what I called Fred Phelps in a l ...

Anderson Creates Sacred Cinematic Space in 'Grand Budapest Hotel'
Originally Posted: 03/11/2014 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

To my mind, all of Wes Anderson’s films are masterpieces in the truest sense of that word. But his most recent creation, Grand Budapest Hotel, is, perhaps, his chef d’oeuvre. To m ...

Salvation: All Is Grace
Originally Posted: 02/07/2014 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

We elevate one belief or practice over another, then divide ourselves as Christ followers by the priority we set when, in fact, all of these are taught as saving by Christ, who alone is our salvation. ...

Smoking What We’re Growing: 8 Things That Happen When We Live (or Don’t Live) What We Talk About
Originally Posted: 01/23/2014 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

Who's to say theology built in academia is any more valid than theology build in the realities of everyday life? I was down in Mexico a few years ago for a gathering of peers ...

Beyond Fire and Brimstone
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:23am | Type: Magazine Article

Brian McLaren Jesus' teaching about hell flipped popular imagery of the afterlife upside down—and offered a radical, transformative ...

Pope Francis: An Imitation of Christ
Originally Posted: 12/19/2013 - 5:36pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis is TIME's Person of the Year. But that is only because Jesus is his Person of the Day — every day. Pope Francis is  TIME's Person of the Year . But t ...

Unravelling Grace
Originally Posted: 11/04/2013 - 4:23pm | Type: Blog

I am entangled and grace comes and unravels all of that — whatever "that" is — and sets me free. Grace unravels me, my sense of self that has been shaped by all the other expectations I carry so tigh ...

Complexities of Struggle and Love
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins The makers of The Butler have told a kind of truth about the struggle for "beloved community" that has rarely be ...

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 ...

Catching Up and Catching Grace with Singer-Songwriter Sam Phillips
Originally Posted: 09/03/2013 - 12:13pm | Type: Blog

"Push Any Button,” the first new physical album in five years from singer-songwriter Sam Phillips, is a blithe, fetching exploration of life’s flip side — after the flush of youth, after the heartbreak, a ...

The Passing of a Prophet
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum "We're all bastards," Will Campbell wrote, 'but God loves us anyway." ...

A Community of Strangers
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Stacy Martin Regardless of where we end up on immigration reform, Matthew 22 reminds us that no law can make us love our neighbor. ...

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 ...

Evangelicals Decry ‘Silence’ on Sexual Abuse
Originally Posted: 07/24/2013 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

More than 1,200 people have signed an online petition decrying the “silence” and “inattention” of evangelical leaders to sexual abuse in their churches. “These events expose the troubling reality that, far too ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:47am | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Live Simply by Franciscan Media / Who is Dayani Crystal? by Pulse Films / Eyes of the Heart: Photography as a Christian Con ...

Finding Joy in a Place of Need
Originally Posted: 06/24/2013 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

Here, in the midst of the squalor, in a place where people have prayed and waited for rain for years, I was encountered by something sacred. Go  Here  to read the second in this ...

From the Archives: July 1994
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Richard Rohr Our Script Matters THE FUNCTION of healthy religion and church is to provide individuals and soc ...

Pursuing Grace, Onstage and Off
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Christine A. Scheller Laughter is Sacred Space: The Not-So-Typical Journey of a Mennonite Actor. Herald Press ...

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 ...

Boston, Bombs, and the Scandal of God’s Criminal Justice
Originally Posted: 04/17/2013 - 8:48am | Type: Blog

As we journey forward in the aftermath of this terrible tragedy, may we be confronted and comforted by the reality of God’s abundant grace. I am tormented by what took place at ...

Fifty Days of Grace
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C HOW SHALL WE engage with scripture thro ...

The Church's Alternative Currency
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Andrew Wilkes The Economy for Desire: Christianity and Capitalism in a Postmodern World. Baker Academic DANIE ...

A Struggle for the Nation’s Moral Center
Originally Posted: 03/14/2013 - 1:34pm | Type: Blog

Throughout the United States, people of faith are on the front lines of the effort to replace life-without-parole sentences for children with age-appropriate accountability measures that focus on rehabilitatio ...

What Are We Guarding Against?
Originally Posted: 03/05/2013 - 7:36pm | Type: Blog

It's a marvel that people hate vehemently enough to end their lives and those of complete strangers as a solution to their actual suffering or perceptions of injustice. It's expensive to make this me ...

Uncertainty's Graces
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 10:54am | Type: Magazine Article

Amy Sullivan Faith, Doubt, and Other Lines I've Crossed: Walking with the Unknown God. Jericho Books. JU ...

Oscars and the Big Picture
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 10:58am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins We shouldn't really expect the Oscars to grasp the point of history, though this year the films nominated for Best Pi ...

Finding God in the Depths of Silence
Originally Posted: 02/14/2013 - 10:54am | Type: Magazine Article

Richard Rohr Real interior silence, not just the absence of noise, is a foundational spiritual discipline. So why are we so resistant to ...

Sermon on Baptism and the Devil
Originally Posted: 01/29/2013 - 10:25am | Type: Blog

While I am certain evil exists I’m not sure it’s in the form of a red man with horns and pitchfork and tail. That image that terrified me as a child is now a bit too cartoon-y for me to take seriously. ...

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 ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:10pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter I Told My Soul to Sing: Finding God with Emily Dickinson by Kristin LeMay / Grace and Mercy by Jonathan Butler / Gather at t ...

It's Time to End the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:34am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Attitudes toward capital punishment are changing, including among conservatives. I AM AGAINST the ...

Conjectural Navel Gazing (Jesus in Lint Form): A Poem
Originally Posted: 11/12/2012 - 12:49pm | Type: Blog

I cannot think that you don't sound or breathe weep or grieve I cannot think that you don't sound or breathe weep or grieve I will not think that you don ...

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 ...

Rob Bell Is @&^*!ing With Me: Part, The Third
Originally Posted: 10/26/2012 - 1:28pm | Type: Blog

Reentry is often a pain in my ass. It's true. I get a chance to get away from it all, to spend some time with friends and begin to unwind and it's glorious. But then there's the return trip ho ...

Ethiopia: The Face of God
Originally Posted: 10/23/2012 - 9:38pm | Type: Blog

BAHIR DAR, Ethiopia — When I posted the photograph of a beautiful little Ethiopian girl holding a daisy a few days ago, my friend and fellow God's Politics blogger Christian Piatt responded on Twitter wit ...

Max Lucado Answers Twitter Followers’ Questions
Originally Posted: 09/19/2012 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

Prolific author Max Lucado talked to Religion News Service about grace, the topic of his 29th book, and answered a range of questions from people who follow RNS on Twitter. Lucado, 57, is the minister of preac ...

Sermon for Ordination: You Don't Have What It Takes — But You Have a God Who Does
Originally Posted: 09/17/2012 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

I experience the gospel to be true even when I can’t believe it. And honestly sometimes I believe the gospel even when I don’t experience it. And I suggest to you today that this is why we have and even why w ...

From Shame to Grace
Originally Posted: 11/05/2012 - 1:11pm | Type: Magazine Article

Stacey Schwenker Ashamed No More: A Pastor's Journey Through Sex Addiction. IVP Books PASTOR T.C. RYAN s ...

They're Not Racist. They Just Don't Know.
Originally Posted: 08/30/2012 - 3:47pm | Type: Blog

My sons, ages 13 and 10, spend two evenings each week on a golf course because I parent out of my own personal brokenness, which includes an acute awareness of life experiences and skills I was not exposed to ...

Life, Death, and Connectedness in the Company of Strangers
Originally Posted: 08/27/2012 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

I recognize that with each passing day we are deeply connected within the company of strangers, for they depend upon us, and we deeply depend upon them. This is, as Martin Luther King, Jr. said, the “single ga ...

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 ...

The HIV Minister (VIDEO)
Originally Posted: 07/27/2012 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

The Rev. Andrena Ingram is currently the only known Lutheran ordained pastor living openly with HIV. Her husband's death from an AIDS-related illness, and the shame that he felt, inspired the pastor to be open about her own diagnosis with HIV. She ...

Learning How to Live Well
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

Sometimes we have to get out of the way and let the Spirit do his thing — that requires intentionality. Other times we’ll have to choose to love or choose to forgive or choose to speak the truth, and as we con ...

Going Easy On The Church
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 10:18am | Type: Blog

Widening the already vast chasms created by the culture wars won’t heal deep wounds in the body. As we have faithfully argue, our God and our interpretations of the Bible ought to make church a wide and wonder ...

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, ...

Happy Mandela Day: Madiba, Ubuntu and Vertigo
Originally Posted: 07/18/2012 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

Ubuntu. It was the secret of how Mandela reconciled his people to the violent criminals of their cruel white oppressors in post-apartheid South Africa. Co-existence was vital, not only to the peace of the nati ...

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 ...

Hellbound? New Film Explores Ideas, Doctrine of Hell
Originally Posted: 07/10/2012 - 7:17pm | Type: Blog

If you believe that all non-Christians are going to hell, then that means that not only would Hitler be there, but so would most of his victims.How could it be just for someone to go from the fires of Auschwit ...

Losing Touch With Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

It’s such an easy thing to do, To overshoot and lose touch with You; Surrounded by everyday anxieties,... It’s such an easy thing to do, To overshoot and lose touch with You; ...

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 ...