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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 ...

Thesis vs Jesus: When it Comes to Faith, Which Matters More?
Originally Posted: 03/23/2012 - 11:13am | Type: Blog

Galatians 3:22: Is it the faith of Jesus or faith in Jesus that’s the key? The following is an excerpt from Banned Questions About Jesus , edited by the author: Galatians ...

Stuffed Cows and the Self-Imposed Cost of Free Grace
Originally Posted: 03/21/2012 - 4:03am | Type: Blog

It was remarkable to me, with a little bit of healthy distance, how similar the two situations ended up being. Though in one, the fit was about mourning the loss of some ideal that might have been (but probabl ...

Knotted Celt
Originally Posted: 03/15/2012 - 11:12pm | Type: Blog

Howling wind whipped my long, unruly hair in penitent lashes across my face as I stood in the rain, staring at the churning sea at the northernmost point of Ireland. This place, Malin Head in County Donegal, f ...

40 Ideas for Keeping Lent Holy
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

40 Ideas for Keeping a Holy Lent from House for All Sinners and Saints church in Colorado, that God's Politics contributor Nadia Bolz-Weber serves. 40 Ideas for Keeping a H ...

TRANSCRIPT: Barack Obama and The God Factor Interview
Originally Posted: 02/22/2012 - 5:43pm | Type: Blog

In 2004 I met then-State Sen. Barack Obama at Café Baci, a small coffee shop in Chicago. We spoke for more than an hour. He came alone. No handler, no spokesperson, no notes. He seemed to be relaxed and at eas ...

Something in the Blood
Originally Posted: 02/14/2012 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

Once in a while, we have an opportunity to catch a glimpse of grace in the middle of the worst humanity has to offer. And it’s in those moments that I tend to recognize God in our midst. ...

Just Say It: Be God's Love, Grace and Mercy Today
Originally Posted: 02/14/2012 - 3:05pm | Type: Blog

"You and I have the power to change someone’s day. And so I am going to challenge you, on this Valentine’s Day, to not only tell family members you love them, but also others whom you care for." ...

In Memory of Whitney Houston
Originally Posted: 02/13/2012 - 12:33pm | Type: Blog

The Bible teaches us: “A good name is better than precious ointment and the day of death, than the day of birth.” (Ecclesiastes 7:1) On this day, as the world morns the unexpected passing of legendary singer W ...

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? ...

Standing at the Gates: A Confession
Originally Posted: 01/02/2012 - 11:28am | Type: Blog

Everybody needs forgiveness. But it’s hard to face that. It feels threatening, like an accusation. So we tend to get defensive and start justifying ourselves, rather than seeing the one we’ve hurt. ...

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 ...

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: Suffer Not the Little Children
Originally Posted: 12/25/2011 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

Children remind us what faith is. When they overflow with joy and excitement it is contagious. When I imagine Jesus telling his disciples, “Let the little children come to me,” I ...

The Gospel According to Charles Dickens: A Chain of Our Own Making
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

“I wear the chain I forge in life,” replied the Ghost. “I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free-will, and of my own free-will I wore it.” The spect ...

The Gospel According to Charles Dickens: Christmas as Ebenezer
Originally Posted: 12/23/2011 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

An ebenezer is a reminder. It tells the story of God’s faithfulness and our repentance. It is a marker for transformation and conversion. “Marley was dead, to begin with.”   ...

Rob Bell's Parting Epistle to Mars Hill: "Grace + Peace"
Originally Posted: 01/02/2012 - 11:50am | Type: Blog

Rob Bell, 41, the founding pastor of Mars Hill church in western Michigan, bid adieu to his congregation in a 5,000-word epistle about grace and peace, which he preached the Sunday before Christmas to thousand ...

An Advent Reflection: Being a Hospitality House
Originally Posted: 12/19/2011 - 8:26am | Type: Blog

We’re a house of hospitality when we learn to wait, when we learn to open ourselves to grace, when we let love transform us, one relationship at a time. Before Leah and I moved to ...

Praying for (and Engaging with) the One Percent
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

There has been a lot of anger levied at the very wealthy since the Occupy movement began back in September. There is no doubt that much of this anger is justified – righteous indignation, if you will. ...

Pepper Spray and Peppermints: How to Occupy Christmas without becoming a Grinch
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 2:16pm | Type: Blog

While the spirit of rampant capitalistic greed is certainly appalling, and people are justifiably angry about the economic abuses of Wall Street, still some have criticized Occupy Xmas for it's aggressive ...

David Wilcox on Guidance, Religion and Miracles
Originally Posted: 12/07/2011 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

Few will chose to follow Out of all the star invites Most will hide safe inside With the lantern turned up bright Waiting for a miracle It's that time of the year again, th ...

Thanks(giving) Be To God!
Originally Posted: 11/23/2011 - 3:42pm | Type: Blog

When I reflect on the events of the last year, it is precisely that — the epic blessing of the unexpected — that fills my soul with gratitude. For as long as I can remember, Than ...

Faith On Foot at UC Davis: Blessed Are The Peacemakers
Originally Posted: 11/21/2011 - 1:40pm | Type: Blog

Thank you, Rev. Stoneking, for being a peacemaker and a comforter. Thank you for standing up for justice and mercy. Thank you for walking with grace. The video of police shooting ...

Wallis and Mohler Debate Social Justice and the Gospel
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

The Rev. Jim Wallis and Dr. Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, went head to head Thursday night at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School outside Chicago in a debate over the hot ...

Halloween and Jesus: A Reconciliation in the Dark
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 8:06am | Type: Blog

Two years ago, my then 10-year-old son celebrated his first Halloween. He'd arrived in the United States from Africa just a few months before, and as far as we could discern no such Oct. 31 holiday exists ...

News: Quick Links 2
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

The Side Effects Of Fast-Tracking Deportations The Side Effects Of Fast-Tracking Deportations Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security released its deportation statist ...

Of Traffic and Tee Times: The Grace of Unexpected Community
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

The things you do for your children. Or rather, the things you unwittingly do for yourself. It was an early autumn Thursday afternoon, four days after the ten-year anniversary of September 11, 4:25 p.m. If ...

Adam Phillips answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 10:33pm | Type: Blog

This video is the latest installment in an ongoing series at God's Politics blog where we've asked leading clergy, writers, scholars, artists, activists and others who self-identify as "evangeli ...

Luci Shaw answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 10:33pm | Type: Blog

I wonder if the Lord God abhors labels as much as I do. I wonder if the Lord God abhors labels as much as I do. Somehow we human beings need to group and categorize pe ...

"The Arch" at 80: Saints Dance Among Us
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

There is a magnificent, modern church mural at St. Gregory of Nyssa's Episcopal Church in San Francisco's Potrero Hill neighborhood that il ...

Lynne Hybels answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 11:00pm | Type: Blog

It's 5 a.m. and I'm in a hotel room preparing for the second day of a conference on Middle East Peace. It's 5 a.m. and I'm in a hotel room preparing for the se ...

David Vanderveen answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 10:29pm | Type: Blog

The most important thing we evangelicals have to learn from Buechner is honesty. "The most important thing we evangelicals have to learn from Buechner is honesty. His books ...

St. Francis, Pray for Us
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 8:08am | Type: Blog

Today (Oct. 4) Christians around the world celebrate the life of St. Francis of Assisi, one of the bright lights of the church and one of the most venerated religious figures in history. ...

A Hymn for Blessing the Animals: "O God, Your Creatures Fill the Earth"
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

This weekend and on St. Francis Day (Oct. 4) some churches are having services for the blessing of animals. This weekend and on St. Francis Day (Oct. 4) some churches are ...

Must Read: Mother of Amish Massacre Shooter Caring for His Paralyzed Victim
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Today Religion News Service reporter Daniel Burke has an absolutely stellar, exclusive interview with Terri Roberts, the mother of Charles Carl "Charlie" Roberts IV, who, on Oct. ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Food Edition
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Apples Apples Ok, well, Apple (singular) to be more precise. Ever wondered what Steve Jobs' favorite gelato flavor might be? Yeah, us neither. But someone went unde ...

Church: Socks Are Optional but Grace is Required
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

September 18 was National Back to Church Sunday. It's OK. I missed it, too. September 18 was National Back to Church Sunday. It's OK. I missed it, too. ...

Life: Interrupted
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

I've come to believe that one aspect of maturity is the ability to see life's interruptions not as interruptions but as necessary events and journeys. If we think of the unexpected as an interrupt ...

The Polemics of Forgiveness
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

The Gate of Forgiveness, Jerusalem. Photo by Deror Avi. The Gate of Forgiveness, Jerusalem. Photo by Deror Avi. In the wake of Troy Davis' exe ...

The Republican Debates So Far (part 1)
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

As a liberal, a progressive that stands to the left of President Obama, I do not expect to hear much in a Republican presidential debate with which I will agree. As a liberal, a p ...

Somebody You Should Know: Christopher Sofolo
Originally Posted: 09/29/2011 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

That the email ever made its way to me is something of a miracle. That the email ever made its way to me is something of a miracle. And brother, am I glad it did. ...