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To Spiritually Thrive, We Must First Spiritually Survive (And Help Others Do the Same)
Originally Posted: 08/27/2014 - 12:41pm | Type: Blog

On numerous occasions we get pulled back into a right relationship with God only because people were willing to love us, and this wouldn’t have happened without individuals selflessly making the decision to in ...

They've Got Your Number...
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 8:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. And they're using it for themselves. I’VE BEEN SPENDING a lot of time with my credit card ...

'Daddy, why are those people sleeping in the park?'
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 9:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Christian Piatt How to talk with our children about homelessness. MY 5-YEAR-OLD daughter, Zoe, is in preschoo ...

A New Relationship with Iran
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 9:01am | Type: Magazine Article

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick How an agreement on nuclear weapons can build a bridge to peace. DEALING WITH IRA ...

What Is the Lord's Justice?
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 9:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Joy J. Moore Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A EXECUTE: TO ENACT OR DO. Having grown up i ...

Subverting the Myth
Originally Posted: 11/14/2013 - 11:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Marty Troyer A pastor's experiment in unmasking white privilege. I MET PASTORS Harvey, Alton, Charles, a ...

Shalom and Gender Justice
Originally Posted: 09/17/2013 - 9:16am | Type: Blog

It is only after the fall of humanity — when we decided not to trust God’s ways, when we decided to grab at our own way to peace and gratification — that women were subjected to men. ...

Kicking the Outrage Habit in the Blogosphere
Originally Posted: 09/04/2013 - 1:02pm | Type: Blog

Before you end up aimlessly roaming the Internet and getting outraged over what So-and-So is saying over on That There far-left or far-right or Reformed or Baptist or Whatever blog so that you can comment and ...

On Scripture: It's Not About You
Originally Posted: 09/03/2013 - 12:38pm | Type: Blog

Whether in musical arts, as in in Vy Higgensen’s Gospel for Teens program, or in biblical hermeneutics, the best learning happens in healthy relationships.  A life transition — li ...

Hot Dogs for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 9:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel I felt the horror of a kid caught in a grade school coolness competition. WHEN I WAS growing up in ...

What If 'Sex Week' Came to First Baptist Church?
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 8:38am | Type: Blog

With apologies to Campfield’s ever-vigilant protection of Christian sensibilities, the real problem here is not that mandatory student fees are being used to promote sexual education and awareness. The problem ...

We Don't Need Your Cookies
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

When we complete a task, it is good to celebrate the end result, but what do we really remember? Is it not the people, the things we did, and the lessons learned in the process of completing the task? ...

Be Ready to Be Changed
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 8:49am | Type: Blog

We’re surrounded by beauty all of the time. Sometimes we just need a little help seeing it. We have a group at our church that does a weekly sandwich ministry together. Though we ...

A Gospel for the Common Good
Originally Posted: 04/01/2013 - 12:16pm | Type: Magazine Article

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

From the Archives: March-April 1999
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Jennifer Jean Casolo 'If Not Us, Who?' IN A CROWDED auditorium [in Honduras after Hurricane Mitch] ...

Church Power!
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:08am | Type: Magazine Article

Kendall Clark Baker Building community and clout through congregation-based organizing. In any genuine comm ...

Battles for Self
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 10:03am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins It's a mark of the moral complexity of The Master that it can critique the damage done by demonic religion while hono ...

What We Know About Muslims
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 10:03am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel It's frustrating to be constantly represented by violent thugs and to be asked to explain their actions. ...

An Offering of Self
Originally Posted: 10/16/2012 - 1:23pm | Type: Blog

Maybe the path to civility and peace can be found somewhere along the path from my house to a Malinki village. This morning, Madu walked the one kilometer path from his village to ...

How to Forget Paris
Originally Posted: 02/24/2012 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

A friend of mine — one who’s wiser and kinder and more thoughtful than I — knows the difficult, painful unweaving I’m talking about. She, too, was carroted down the rabbit trail of a hope-filled future shared ...

Why How We Do Anything Means Everything
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 3:34pm | Type: Blog

How helps us understand that principled behavior isn't merely something a PR/Corporate Social Responsibility staff or attorneys tell us is important. Rather it is the surest path to success and relevance ...

Wallis and Mohler Debate Social Justice and the Gospel
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 11:24am | 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 ...

Evangelicals: By The Numbers
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 7:12am | Type: Blog

What are "the evangelicals," you ask? Certainly not a political or ideological monolith, as recent polling and survey numbers demonstrate. What are "the evang ...

R.E.M. Taught Me How to Lose Religion and Live a Life of Faith
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

After 31 years, the band R.E.M. has called it a day. ... After 31 years, the band R.E.M. has called it a day. ... One of my earliest experiences with m ...

Commemorating 9/11 by Desegregating Theological Education
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I just returned from a very moving convocation at the Claremont School of Theology where I am on the faculty. I just returned from a very moving convocation at the Claremont Sch ...

Take a Walk on 9/11
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, many of us are wondering how best to honor the many victims of that tragedy and its aftermath. As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 appro ...

A Lifestyle of Enough
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

About two years ago, Minhee and I made one of the hardest decisions we've made thus far in our marriage and in our calling as parents. About two years ago, Minhee and I made ...

The Harry Potter Prayer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | 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 ...

Bringing the Camp Spirit Back Home
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:15pm | Type: Blog

I was not one of the 1,500 who attended the inaugural Wild Goose Festival in Shakori Hills, North Carolina last month, but I did grow up going to Christian summer camp. I was not ...

Paid Leave: Why We Need Sabbath Rest for All
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 7:59am | Type: Blog

As I celebrated my freedom on Independence Day, I found myself considering the promise that my country boasts about: "liberty and justice for all." In particular I was struck by the many freedoms uni ...

How To Prepare for Turbulent Times
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Change happens in our lives whether we like it or not so we must learn how to mold our lives so that we bend, rather than break, in the midst of change. Change happens in our live ...

Living in the Presence of God
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 3:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Malinda Elizabeth Berry Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C. Themes of time and patience uni ...

Only Jerks Allowed
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 9:28pm | Type: Magazine Article

Chris Rice If those who know me really knew me, what would they think of me? There is much talk these days abo ...

Just a Glimmer of Hope
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 9:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ted Parks Relationship as political critique. I must admit I felt brutalized by the F-word rolling unremitting ...