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Sermon About How Totally Uncool We Are
Originally Posted: 09/05/2013 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

This practice of curating parts of the self is something we all do to some degree. We so carefully create a persona and it’s always only a partial truth. And just maintaining it can be exhausting. ...

God's Passionate Vulnerability
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 4:05pm | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Common Lectionary, Cycle B One of the drawbacks intrinsic to liturgical wo ...

Can Rich Folks Go to Heaven?
Originally Posted: 03/23/2012 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

Jesus said it’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of the needle that you used to stitch that Noah’s Ark for your child’s bedroom — than for a rich guy to get to heaven. Let. That. Sink. In. ...

Sermon on the Worst Parable Ever
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: 'The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the ...

Sermon on Forgiveness
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

When I was growing up, there was a house down the street from us which had slightly tattered window coverings and the front lawn was like a graveyard of broken things. When I wa ...

The Harry Potter Prayer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2007 Laura Askelin | more info (via: Wylio)Though I like a rousing round of ave maria's as much as the next person, the past few centuries of church prayer trends have eschewed Latin in f ...

Graduates: Boast Gladly in Your Weaknesses
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

[<strong>Editors' note: </strong><em>This blog post is taken from a commencement address Nadia Bolz-Weber delivered for the graduates of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley ...

What Men and Women Lose Under Complementarianism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Any discussion of shared authority and responsibility between men and women must start with the importance Jesus placed on unity among his followers. Any discussion of shared auth ...

Presidential Contenders: None Standing Tall on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Whoever is our next president -- whether President Obama in a second term or the eventual Republican nominee -- will be the most consequential president <em>ever</em> for overcoming global warming ...

Claremont Lincoln: The World's First Interreligious University
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On May 16, 2011, the Claremont School of Theology, located in Claremont, California, announced the receipt of a $50 million naming gift from Joan and David Lincoln that will establish the Claremont ...

'Farewell Rob Bell' (Or, John Piper's Inferno)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100301-robbell.jpg"></a>"Farewell Rob Bell." With this three word tweet John Piper -- senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist church in ...

Remembering Elizabeth Edwards, Advocate for Health Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/12/08/remembering-elizabeth-edwards-advocate-for-health-reform/" target="_self"></a>[Editors' note: Today we remember Elizabeth ...

Prayer and the Persistent Widow
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Well, it's parable day again boys and girls. Parables are like Jesus' subversive little stories of an alternate universe. Well, it's parable day again boys and girl ...

Who is My Neighbor?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

At the conclusion of my blog post which asked, <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/08/27/what-constitutes-sacred-space-at-ground-zero" target="_blank">What Constitutes Sacred Space at ...

A Sermon on the "Good" Samaritan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

From what I hear, if you are taking a trip to the Holy Land you can visit the actual road from Jerusalem to modern-day Jericho, and local tour guides are happy, for the right price, to show you the ...

'Gentrification Kills': Confronted by the Writing on the Wall
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100714-gentrification-kills.jpg"></a>Every morning I walk to my job -- from my neighborhood that sits on a hill along the edge of Howard Univ ...

Cosmic Child Abuse?: Mark Driscoll, N.T. Wright and Atonement that does Jesus Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

British Evangelist Steve Chalke upset a lot of evangelicals of a reformed bent with two little paragraphs in (his book that has so much worth reading in it beyond what has got all the attention) <a ...

Why Glenn Beck is a Danger to True Evangelical Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I watched the Glenn Beck show on Fox News yesterday. His topic was how churches that are using the term, "social justice" are misinterpreting scripture in order to spread Marxism. ...

Slavery is Alive and Well ... For Now
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>It'd be nice if enacting a law would solve the problem, wouldn't it?</p> It'd be nice if enacting a law would solve the problem, wouldn't it? ...

The God Who Sees
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

When I was in second grade handball was all the rage. We played it with big red rubber balls against backboards on the playground. When I was in second grade handball was all the ...

So, Am I a Reductionist?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

A few weeks ago I wrote a post on my blog entitled <a href="http://aarondtaylor.blogspot.com/2010/03/will-real-gospel-please-stand-up.html">Will the Real Gospel Please Stand Up?</a> In t ...

A Reading for April 15: The Parable of the Taxpayer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This time of year it is useful to recount the parable of the angry taxpayer (from the VERY New Testament). This time of year it is useful to recount the parable of the angry taxpa ...

Four Steps to Save the Souls of Big Banks
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> The biggest banks have an ethical obligation to hel ...

Interview with Brian McLaren About 'A New Kind of Christianity' (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

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Interview with Brian McLaren About 'A New Kind of Christianity'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

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If They Are Too Big To Fail, Let's Make Them Smaller
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p>We're off and running. I am headed for the airport to go to Detroit for the fi ...

The Nazareth Declaration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

On November 20, 2009, to considerable media fanfare, a group of 140 senior Christian leaders issued <a href="http://manhattandeclaration.org/">'The Manhattan Declaration.'</a> I ...

To Love God is to Love Our Immigrant Neighbors
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally/8116193_7PzaR#530383196_HMehM"></a>"We believe the scriptures are God's revelat ...

The Parable of the Unmerciful Bankers
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> This week, I joined a press conference with Peo ...

Dan Brown's Lost Symbol and the Lure of Secret Knowledge
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Dan Brown, the author of <em>The Da Vinci Code</em> and of <em>Angels and Demons</em>, has a new book out Dan Brown, the author of The Da Vinci Code a ...

Scripture and History Remind Us That We Are All Immigrants
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Nearly five years ago my friends, Hector and Gabby and their five kids, entered the U.S. legally from Mexico in order to join the pastoral staff at my church, Willow Creek. Nearly ...

Audio: 'If You Don't Do Compassion, Mercy, and Justice, You Will Catch Hell'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

It's always hard to narrow down Pastor Efrem's sermons to a few key minutes, and this one was no exception. Preaching from Matthew 25, he puts some extended focus on the health-care debate. ...

Be Fair to the Pharisees: Guarding Against Anti-Jewish Attitudes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In the fall of 1997, I began a graduate program in Bible at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. In the fall of 1997, I began a graduate program in Bible at Hebrew Union Coll ...

Are Christians More Compassionate Towards Immigrants?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I am heartened by a new analysis of data from a <a href="http://people-press.org/report/274/americas-immigration-quandary">2006 Pew Research Center poll</a>, which indicates that people w ...

Proximity: Relocation Doesn't Equal Relationship
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

One of the principles of the Christian community development movement is "relocation." While the principle has depth to it, more times then not it is lived out as people who choose to move their p ...

Audio: The Beloved Community, the Kingdom of God, and Candy Bar Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In this sermon, Pastor Efrem discusses the focus in April on Martin Luther King's death and the Easter Season, and proclaims that there is no separation between proclaiming the gospel and advancing ...

My Advent Calendar: December 11
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>Not surprisingly, when I opened the eleventh window, it revealed a picture of a lion holding a book- ...

My Advent Calendar: December 9
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>I had a hard time finding window nine, an elusive little door hidden in the bushes outside of the ca ...

Who Moved My Cheese?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>"The cheese is gone, someone came in and stole the cheese."</p> "The cheese is gone, someone came in and stole the cheese." I looked at Sh ...

A Crash Course in Jesus Studies
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/summer-sundays"></a></p> A Sunday or two ago, I made mention of -- more to the truth, wrote a w ...