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The Revolving Door of Church 'CEOs'
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

From major corporations to startups led by visionary leaders, from universities to churches, the departure of the top leader can stop momentum and usher in months, perhaps years, of uncertainty. ...

The American Church: Searching for a New Imprint
Originally Posted: 08/21/2013 - 10:52am | Type: Blog

Christian congregations in America are dying for many reasons — smugness, excessive infighting, fear of change, aversion to risk, perpetuating ineffective practices — but one reason is this reality of imprint. ...

Steve Jobs: Prophet of a New Religion
Originally Posted: 08/21/2013 - 8:55am | Type: Blog

The truth about Jobs and religion may be that, in this arena as in others, he was ahead of the cutting edge. The new movie about Steve Jobs is short on anything explicitly religio ...

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 ...

ACLU Says Magistrate Can’t Order ‘Messiah’ Name Change
Originally Posted: 08/13/2013 - 2:22pm | Type: Blog

A Tennessee judge should not have barred a couple from naming their child “Messiah,” said the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee. NASHVILLE, Te ...

The Fake Church v. the Real Church
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

Our faith in Christ gives us hope and strength and courage, but it doesn’t erase reality, and it isn’t meant to create a flawless utopia where we can escape from the world’s problems. But many churches attempt ...

In God We (Don’t) Trust
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:29pm | Type: Blog

The truth is that our faith and spirituality is often dependent on hundreds of different relationships, factors, institutions, and circumstances that we directly correlate with God. ...

Have I Become the Christian I Can't Stand?
Originally Posted: 08/05/2013 - 8:14am | Type: Blog

Being aware of my faults, I will continue to strive to live out the Gospel message as faithfully as possible, and along the way I hope to bring others to know the same God of love and acceptance that I do. ...

The Church of the Long Haul
Originally Posted: 08/15/2013 - 3:55pm | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C WHICH SCRIPTURES WILL our biases tempt ...

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 ...

Reza Aslan on Fox News: Punch, Counter-Punch
Originally Posted: 07/31/2013 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

Despite what Ms. Green and Dr. Aslan want us to believe, our choice is never between a biased point of view and the unvarnished truth. Our choice always involves which interpretative lens we are going to use t ...

Do Not Bear False Witness Against Your Neighbor: The Surfer Boy and the Receptionist
Originally Posted: 07/31/2013 - 3:51pm | Type: Blog

What’s sinful is comparing Christianity with other religions in a way that is dishonest, untrue, or misrepresents other religions or the followers of those other religions. In other words, it is a sin to bear ...

'Duck Dynasty' Star Phil Robertson Shares Story of 'Rediscovering God'
Originally Posted: 07/31/2013 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

Hollywood producers often break every rule when it comes to publicizing faith and politics. But A&E’s smash hit reality show, Duck Dynasty, puts it front and center. Hollywood ...

Questioning the Bible: What I Would Have Said to Bill Maher
Originally Posted: 07/30/2013 - 1:46pm | Type: Blog

It matters how we read the Bible. So as someone who has focused on confronting those "bad parts" in Scripture, I wanted to take a stab at addressing Maher's questions. ...

10 Things THE CHURCH Can't Do While Following Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/09/2013 - 8:28am | Type: Blog

The Christian church is full of Christians, right? Sadly, the reality is the answer to that question is heavily dependent on whom you are asking. The Christian church is full of ...

13 Questions All Christians Eventually Ask Themselves
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:29pm | Type: Blog

During the Christian spiritual journey, followers of Christ are forced to eventually face some basic faith-related questions. Here are a few of the most common ones. During the Ch ...

The LGBT Gap, By Religion
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 5:09pm | Type: Blog

We all know that when it comes to the acceptance of LGBT folks, religions differ. But what the religions communicate, and how the people in the pews actually feel, are not the same. ...

Loving Our Country By Facilitating Opportunity
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 3:42pm | Type: Blog

I love our country and the people in it. I admit that I have received many more opportunities than I deserve. I am ready to facilitate opportunities for others. When I first met ...

On Scripture: Religious Liberty for the Rest of Us
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 8:53am | Type: Blog

Eleven legislators, all white male Christians, backed a bill to codify Christianity in state law, saying the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does not trump the state’s rights. The effort died a quick ...

Should a Christian Watch 'Game of Thrones?'
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 2:11pm | Type: Blog

Is there anything morally redeeming about Game of Thrones? Does the hit HBO series even have a moral vision? Is there anything morally redeeming about  Game of Thrones ? Does t ...

Marks
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

Editor’s Note: The following poem by Trevor Scott Barton was written while he was living in Africa and reading The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi. Editor ’ ...

My Messy Faith
Originally Posted: 05/28/2013 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

Truly, the more God's Kingdom comes and the more God's will is done, the messier life gets and the more beautiful this world becomes. The more I study theology and the ...

The Megachurch vs. Minichurch: Do Popularity and Growth Really Matter?
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

In a Westernized culture captivated by success and money, we often make judgments based on the size of a church — or organization, ministry, and community. But our preconceived opinions are often wrong. ...

Canadians Turning Away from Organized Religion
Originally Posted: 05/16/2013 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

TORONTO — A new national study shows that while Canada remains overwhelmingly Christian, Canadians are turning their backs on organized religion in ever greater numbers. Results from the 2011 National Househo ...

Paved with Good Intentions
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins The beginning of wisdom proposed in the best documentaries is simply this: telling the truth, to ourselves and others, as ...

From Diversity to Pluralism
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel Bridges don't fall from the sky; people build them. THE TERM “DIVERSITY” in professional and ...

We Don't Need Your Cookies
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 4:01pm | 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? ...

Post-Boston Bombings, Female Converts to Islam Face Growing Scrutiny
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 5:10pm | Type: Blog

Converts to Islam are as diverse as the rest of America, racially and ethnically, as well as in their interpretations of the faith. Some female converts wear a headscarf; some don’t. What they share is the per ...

Boston Bombings Bring Chaplains into New Ground
Originally Posted: 04/19/2013 - 4:15pm | Type: Blog

In a week when Boston hospitals cared for more than 170 bomb victims, staff chaplains were suddenly in great demand. They moved calmly from emergency departments to waiting rooms and employee lounges, offering ...

Atheists Find a Sunday-Morning Connection with Other Nonbelievers
Originally Posted: 04/16/2013 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

Sunday mornings at Houston Oasis may look and feel of a church, but there’s no cross, Bible, hymnal, or stained glass depictions of Jesus. There’s also nary a trace of doctrine, dogma, or theology. ...

Desmond Tutu Wins $1.7 Million 2013 Templeton Prize
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

Desmond Tutu, the former Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, who won a Nobel Peace Prize for his battle against apartheid, has won the 2013 Templeton Prize, which is billed as the most significant ...

VIDEO: The Story of the Common Good
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

I invite you to watch this short video, and to engage in the discussion as we move forward, toward our common good. Years ago, I tutored inner-city kids from my Washington, D.C., ...

The Political Subversion of the Cross
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 9:43am | Type: Blog

My fear as we remember the horrible and horrific event of the crucifixion, is that we have forgotten much of its significance, both historically in Jesus’ time and for us today. ...

The God of Jesus: Beyond Religious Tribalism (Rob Bell Blogaglogue, Part 2)
Originally Posted: 03/27/2013 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

Rob Bell isn’t making up new ways to talk about God. Throughout the book, Rob explores what God has done in the past and how God continues to pull all humans into a global future that has “greater and greater ...

CrossFit: A Secular Church?
Originally Posted: 03/11/2013 - 5:41pm | Type: Blog

I think CrossFit is like secular church. It offers more than weight loss or fitness. It speaks to our innate desires for community, purpose, and transformation. The first Christma ...

Is God on Our Side?
Originally Posted: 03/05/2013 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

What's it like to wrestle with the Divine One? You know, like Jacob did there in the desert one night. You can contend with God, can you not? Is God not then your enemy in some way? ...

One Woman’s Journey Out of Faith, Family, and Fear
Originally Posted: 03/05/2013 - 9:00am | Type: Blog

There were at least 5,000 honor killings in 2000, according to a U.N. report. In 2010, a British newspaper estimated the number as high as 20,000. Most honor killings involve the murder of one family member — ...

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 ...

Oscar Spirit: Faith, Values, and the 2013 Best Picture Nominees
Originally Posted: 02/22/2013 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

The fragility of life. The servanthood of love. The (im)morality of war. The fundamentals of mercy and justice. The power of grace and forgiveness. The oneness of creation. The personal (and spiritual) toll of ...

Meet the Nones: On the Brink
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 10:19am | Type: Blog

Churches are crying out, “You need us! You don’t think you do, but you really do!” The “nones” are shouting back, “I’ve got my own community, thank you very much, and it’s way less hypocritical than yours!” Th ...

Christianity Without Arrogance
Originally Posted: 01/23/2013 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

It might be that our first job in responding to the rise of the "Nones" is that we should stop creating so many of them through our own arrogance and our attempts to judge others (contrary to Christ& ...

‘Virtual’ Public Schools Draw Interest of Religious Families
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 5:02pm | Type: Blog

Since Florida became the first state to try them in 1996, virtual public schools have enjoyed dramatic growth, with at least some of it coming from religious families. Worried ...

God is Alive and Well in America, Says Gallup Chief
Originally Posted: 01/07/2013 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

Despite a deep drop in the number of Americans who identify with a particular faith, the country could be on the cusp of a religious renaissance, says Frank Newport, editor-in-chief of The Gallup Poll. ...

A Heart for Peace
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:52am | Type: Magazine Article

Geoff Tunnicliffe Rick Love Lisa Sharon Harper Tyler Wig ...

In Praise of Holding One's Religion Lightly
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 12:52pm | Type: Blog

'Religion is bad for you' and everyone around you for that matter. 'Being SBNR is shallow and boring.' Well, if these statements are true then we are up Sh*t's Creek without a paddle. ...

Love, Faith ... Action!
Originally Posted: 01/07/2013 - 12:32pm | Type: Blog

It wasn’t until I started getting into politics that I really began examining just how strange some of the more vocal positions of the conservative right might look to a person who has never sat in a pew. ...

A Gen-X Spiritual-But-Not-Religious Creed?
Originally Posted: 12/28/2012 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

There are a lot of emergent folk who shun creeds. They have let go of much of their free-range evangelicalism, but the anti-creedal posture still holds a principal place. Still, I am thinking about music and l ...

Top 10 Stories of 2012
Originally Posted: 12/26/2012 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

From the nuns to the “nones,” religion dominated the headlines throughout 2012. Faith was a persistent theme in the presidential race, and moral and ethical questions surrounded budget debates, mass killings, ...

Unbelief Is Now the World’s Third-Largest ‘Religion’
Originally Posted: 12/19/2012 - 1:21pm | Type: Blog

A new report on global religious identity shows that while Christians and Muslims make up the two largest groups, those with no religious affiliation — including atheists and agnostics — are now the third-larg ...