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WAR NO MORE
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

TEN YEARS. THOUSANDS OF LIVES. BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. TEN YEARS. THOUSANDS OF LIVES. BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. Next Friday, October 7, 2011, marks 10 ye ...

Must Read: Mother of Amish Massacre Shooter Caring for His Paralyzed Victim
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | 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 - 5:24am | 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 ...

Today's News Round-up
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

Aide: Obama faces 'titanic struggle' in 2012 Aide: Obama faces 'titanic struggle' in 2012 President Obama and aides are bracing for a tough re-el ...

Church: Socks Are Optional but Grace is Required
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | 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 - 5:24am | 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 ...

Today's News Round-up
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

Evangelical author nears the end of her "biblical year" From making her own clothes to praising her husband at the city gate to sleeping outside in a tent for the duration of her period, Rachel Held ...

The Polemics of Forgiveness
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | 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 ...

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 ...

Somebody You Should Know: Christopher Sofolo
Originally Posted: 09/29/2011 - 9:56am | 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. ...

Austin's Autumn (Nonfiction) List: Pete Rollins, Part 2
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I wrote yesterday of Peter Rollins' new book Insurrection. I wrote yesterday of Peter Rollins' new book Insurrection . Rollins posted the introduction a ...

For Troy Davis
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Troy Anthony Davis died at 11:08 p.m. EST, Sept. 21,2011. Troy Anthony Davis died at 11:08 p.m. EST, Sept. 21,2011. UPDATE : I originally posted this shortly after 7 ...

Evening List of Awesomeness: Get Your Click On!
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Nerd-dom covers vast swaths of territory, from Trekkies and Settlers of Catan enthusiasts to, apparently, at least a few followers of Christ. Nerd-dom covers v ...

Maurice Sendak: "Live your life, live your life, live your life."
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

In case you missed it, National Public Radio's Goddess of Conversation, Terry Gross, had a simply outstanding, incredibly moving interview with the author Maurice Sendak on Tuesday's Fresh Air. ...

Austin's Autumn (Nonfiction) List: Pete Rollins, 'Insurrection' and desire
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday I wrote about the novels I'm eager to read this fall. Yesterday I wrote about the novels I'm eager to read this fall . And while, yes, autumn is ...

Why Christians Should Be Biased
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Make no mistake, Christians should be biased. I know there has been a lot of conversation in the past few years about Christians cleaning up their image. We are often known more for our prejudices than princi ...

Austin's Autumn Reading List: What's on Yours?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

For some reason, I associate autumn with good novels. For some reason, I associate autumn with good novels. This makes very little sense, I realize, as it's just as ...

Two Thumbs Up for Ebert and "Life Itself"
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

"The conditions of my life are precarious," film critic Roger Ebert wrote last week in a posting on his online journal titled, "Fall from Grace." Ebert, 69, perhaps the pre-eminent film cr ...

Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself...
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

They call me ..."God Girl."* And I'll be your new tour guide here at God's Politics. Some of you may know me by my more official byline, Cathleen Falsani. I've been a contributing edi ...

We Are Family! (Get Up Everybody and Sing!)
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I think I was about nine or ten years old when I first heard the passage read. Or first really listened to it, anyway. I sat in church, likely running the crease of the bulletin under my fingernails, trying ...

Life Inspired: Roger Ebert
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Roger Ebert, perhaps the preeminent film critic in the United States, recently published a 500-page memoir titled, Life Itself, that chronicles his journey from childhood to his most recent years, adjusting ( ...

Surprised by Joy on 9/11/11
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

"[Music] is no invention of ours: it is a gift of God. I place it next to theology. Satan hates music: he knows how it drives the evil spirit out of us." -- Martin Luther ...

Awakening Creativity in Prayer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Each moment is pregnant with new possibilities waiting to be born, alive with new beginnings, God's secrets not yet heard, God's dreams not yet fulfilled. Each moment is ...

Reflecting the Image of God
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

In reading some of the responses to my last post Embodied Theology, I was reminded of an essay I wrote for a class last semester, so I've rewritten part of it as a blog post to help clarify my positi ...

Tools for Prayer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday afternoon I found out that ABC news plans to dedicate it programming today to "Hunger at Home: Crisis in America." It precipitated my writing of this post which I had planned to add as a la ...

We're Connected by What We Eat
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

To the farmers who grow our food, the harvesters who pick it, the transporters who bring it to market, the grocers who present it, and the cooks who prepare it. To the far ...

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 ...

Embodied Theology
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Earlier this summer I attended a church service where the pastor, a man struggling with what appears to be his final bout with cancer, preached about the hope that Jesus promises to those who trust ...

A Tennessee Church Welcomes its Muslim Neighbors
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Rev. Steve Stone was just trying to be a good neighbor. Rev. Steve Stone was just trying to be a good neighbor. Two years ago, the pastor of Heartsong Church in Cordova, Tenne ...

Here I Am!
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, 'Here I am, for you called me.' Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. ...

Should Worship be Entertaining?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

In recent days I've been thinking through with a friend one of the enduring challenges of pastoral and catechetical ministry: how to dispel the notion that worship should be entertaining. ...

Jesus Walking on the Water: A Sermon Sarcastic and Serious
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

It's Jesus walking on the water Sunday here at House for All Sinners and Saints, and we thought maybe during "Open Space" we should have a kiddie pool set up in the back so you could all " ...

New Models of the Church in a New Media World
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

In his seminal 1974 book Models of the Church, theologian Avery Dulles offered five paradigms, or "models," each of which called attention to certain aspects of the worldwide Christian church. ...

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I have gotten so used to stories of violence in the news every morning that I confess they don't move me as much as they should, or used to. I have gotten so used to stories ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 08/28/2011 - 6:08pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Love Provokes Love Provokes From challenging apartheid in South Africa to speaking out for ...

Saying Goodbye to Uncle John: My Memories of John Stott
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

John Stott died this Wednesday. He was 90 years old. John Stott died this Wednesday. He was 90 years old. What many people don't understand is that he was the most influentia ...

The Conservative Radical: An Article by John Stott
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

[Editors' note: Rev. John Stott, one of the world's most influential evangelical figures over the past half-century, died this Wednesday at age 90. Rev. [ Edi ...

God Is Watching
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The markets are watching, the Republicans are watching, the Democrats are watching, the media are watching, the pollsters and pundits are watching. The markets are watching, ...

The Importance of Sharing Our Stuff
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

"And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. "And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was le ...

The Bookends of Life
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

There's something special about the bookends of our lifetimes. I became a first-time father seven months ago and a hospice chaplain just one month past. There's somethin ...

Spotting the Kingdom of God After the Tragedy of Death
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

He put before them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greates ...

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 ...

Are Books a Thing of the Past?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2010 Zhao ! | more info (via: Wylio)Sales of printed books are down 9 percent this year, supplanted in part by digital versions on Kindles, Nooks, and even iPhone apps. ...

Bringing the Church Together for Justice
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

After having spoken at the Greenbelt Festival in England a number of times now, we at the Center for Action and Contemplation always hoped and planned that we create a similar festival for spiritualit ...

A Sermon on My Alcohol Addiction, the Tyranny of the Will, and Romans 7
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2004 Phil Whitehouse | more info (via: Wylio)Even I can't help admitting that there is a bunch of stuff in the Bible that's hard to relate to. ...

Shane Claiborne on Rupert Murdoch, Zondervan, and Empire
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2009 World Economic Forum | more info (via: Wylio)Most people know now that Rupert Murdoch presides over the News Corp media empire, and that he is fighting for his reputation after being ...

Facebook, Google+, and More: Does Social Networking Enhance Our Faith?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The other day I read some interesting statistics about how social media is shaping our lives . The other day I read some interesting statistics about how social media is shaping ...

What's in a Name?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Whether we realize it or not, names matter. Ask Barack Hussein Obama, whose infamous middle name has led xenophobic adversaries to question his citizenship. Whether we realize it ...

Betty Ford and the Trials and Blessings of Life
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Life is hard. It is full of pain, disappointments, and challenges of every kind. When hard times come our way, we often ask, Why me? And the answer comes: Why not you? Life is har ...

Joyless Christians and The Lord of the Rings
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 1:12pm | Type: Blog

My favorite characters in The Lord of the Rings are the Ents -- an ancient race of giant living, talking, breathing trees in J.R.R. Tolkien's fictional land, Middle Earth. My ...