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Sacred Materialism
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

As a convert to Orthodox Christianity, I have come to appreciate the strong connection in our tradition between spirituality and creation. As a convert to Orthodox Christianity, I ...

Biblical Perspectives on Idolatry, Poverty, Abortion
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<em>Beliefnet invited Jim Wallis to participate in a </em><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/blogalogue/"><em>"blogalogue"</em></a><em> with David ...

In Praise of the Dishonest Manager
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>One of Jesus' most in-your-face stories, and a personal favorite of mine, is the Parable of the Dishonest Manager in <A title=http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=76525043 href="http://bible.oremu ...

N.T. Wright and Bart Ehrman: New Stories and Resurrection (Part 2 of 2 by Melvin Bray)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>[Continued from <A href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/05/nt-wright-and-bart-ehrman-new.html">part 1</A>]<BR><BR>I pondered what I might offer to spotli ...

N.T. Wright and Bart Ehrman: New Stories and Resurrection (Part 1 of 2 by Melvin Bray)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>As did <A href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/05/nt-wright-and-bart-ehrman-disc.html">Brian McLaren</A>, I recently read the <A href="http://blog.beliefnet. ...

N.T. Wright and Bart Ehrman Discuss Evil (Without Flaming)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>It's true that the blogosphere has created space for some truly <em>un</em>remarkable interchanges to take place. It's true that the blogosphere ...

Whom Do You Serve?
Originally Posted: 03/06/2012 - 11:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Marva J. Dawn A biblical framework for understanding money's grip on us -- and how to break free. Why doe ...

What is a Justice Revival? (part 5 of 5 by Rich Nathan)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis, in his book <em>The Great Awakening</em> said,</p> Jim Wallis, in his book The Great Awakening said, Imagine something called Justice Reviv ...

John F. Haught on the New 'Soft-Core Atheists' (interview by Becky Garrison)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>Following the publication of <A href="http://www.powells.com/partner/29218/biblio/084991972x">The New Atheist Crusaders and Their Unholy Grail</A> I received hordes of b ...

John F. Haught on the New 'Soft-Core Atheists' (interview by Becky Garrison)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>Following the publication of <A href="http://www.powells.com/partner/29218/biblio/084991972x">The New Atheist Crusaders and Their Unholy Grail</A> I received hordes of b ...

Border-blenders and Corner-dwellers (Part 4 of 5 by Rich Nathan)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

My dear friend, Ken Wilson, who pastors the Ann Arbor Vineyard, showed me a chart that I found very helpful:</p> <table cellpadding="10" border=1> <tr> <td width="120"& ...

The Year of Living Biblically: Interview with Author A.J. Jacobs
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>In church one day, my pastor asked us to raise our hands if we believed in what the Bible said. The right answer seemed pretty obvious, and the whole congregation and I raised our hands. Then ...

Lifeboat Theology vs. Ark Theology (Part 3 of 5 by Rich Nathan)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>Let me give you an illustration of the difference between the narrow focus of contemporary American evangelicalism and the big focus of the Bible. <p> D.L. Moody, the great 19th-century evangeli ...

Is Social Justice a Distraction from the Gospel? (Part 2 of 5 by Rich Nathan)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Social justice is not a distraction from our commitment; it is part and parcel of the gospel of the kingdom. We read in Mark 1:15:</p> Social justice is not a distraction fr ...

What Doing Justice Means for My Church (Part 1 of 5 by Rich Nathan)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

I've always wanted to be part of a church that seeks to be and to do everything the New Testament calls the church to be and to do. I've always wanted to be part of a ch ...

Prosperity Preachers and Personal Planks
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>Yesterday <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89231818">NPR ran a story</a> about the on going Senate investigation of the so-called Grassley Six; Creff ...

Reckoning with Faith
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Judy Coode More than seven years ago, James Carroll, award-winning novelist and Boston Globe columnist, wrote Constantine’s Sword, which ...

A Giant Religious Rummage Sale
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><P><a href="http://www.powells.com/partner/29218/biblio/0787987425"></a>When I interviewed <A href="http://www.phyllistickle.com">Phyllis Tickle</A> f ...

How Wrong Was Rev. Wright?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>On a Sunday when Americans flooded houses of worship seeking words of comfort, hope, and healing, Rev. On a Sunday when Americans flooded houses of worship seeking wo ...

Struggling With a 'Purple State of Mind'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>When I got an invite to attend a screening of the documentary, <A href="http://www.purplestateofmind.com">Purple State of Mind</A>, I went in expecting to see a blue sta ...

Latin Tattoos and 24 Hours of Televangelism
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

<P>While working on my upcoming book for Seabury Press - <I>Salvation on the Small Screen? While working on my upcoming book for Seabury Press - Salvation on the ...

Was Jesus a Politician?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

<P>Last Friday I was in Santa Barbara, California, to speak at Westmont College - where even on a Friday evening, the gymnasium was packed with students. Last Friday I w ...

Mosaics: The New Multicultural Conspirators
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P><A href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/02/the-new-conspirators-by-tom-si.html">Last week</A> I shared a snapshot of the new monastics. This week I will look at the ...

A Dose of Inaugurated Eschatology
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>A comment thread from <a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/01/video-the-moral-state-of-the-u.html">Jim's "Moral State of the Union" post</a> frustr ...

The New Monastic Conspirators
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>Discover what God is doing through a new generation of risk-takers, innovators, and prophets at <A href="http://thenewconspirators.wordpress.com">The New Conspirators</A> ...

The Truth About Obama's Faith
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>Everyday there seems to be some new outrageous charge leveled at Barack Obama. One of the most pernicious is that he is a Muslim who is dishonestly masquerading as a Christian. ...

The Truth About Obama's Faith
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>Everyday there seems to be some new outrageous charge leveled at Barack Obama. One of the most pernicious is that he is a Muslim who is dishonestly masquerading as a Christian. ...

In the Image of God: Male and Female
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>When I asked a leading progressive biblical scholar who was doing the very best bible work on images of God and gender theology, she didn't hesitate in her answer: Elizabeth Johnson, she said. ...

Women, Faith, and Presidential Politics
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>During the South Carolina Republican debate, Mike Huckabee garnered greatest applause when defending his views of wifely submission as part of his evangelical faith. ...

Living with AIDS
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Kimberly Burge Reflecting Theologically on AIDS: A Global Challenge The worldwide body of Christ is finally ge ...

Getting to Know Jon Sobrino (by Michelle Garc
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>When I first landed in El Salvador, all I knew about the tiny Central American country was its war. What I found was lush mountain ranges, volcanoes, and air heavy with grief. ...

Mother Teresa's Advent Light
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>When I went to check my post office box after Thanksgiving, among the pile of mail waiting for me were review copies of Dinesh D'Souza's <A href="http://www.powells.com/part ...

Advent Awakenings to the Jackhammer on the Roof
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

<P>The denomination which I am now seeking to enter and belong to, the Episcopal Church, is a denominaton that many others are now seeking to depart. The denomination wh ...

Providence and Politics
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

<P>Last week, a Liberty University student asked Gov. Mike Huckabee to account for his recent surge in the polls. Last week, a Liberty University student asked Gov. Mike ...

Ordained to Prophetic Ministry
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

<P>Tuesday evening, Virginia Lohmann Bauman was ordained to the ministry at First Baptist Church in Granville, Ohio. Gini (as we know her) is Sojourners' Ohio Field Organizer. ...

Three Things I Didn't Expect to Learn from Joel Osteen
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>Last weekend my wife Amy and I were in Baltimore and attended Joel Osteen's event. Joel pastors the largest church in America with more than 38,000 people, and his latest book has alread ...