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More Epic Fail: A Tour of Ill-Conceived Church Signage
Originally Posted: 03/19/2012 - 10:09am | Type: Blog

Some Christians reject science, but math too? There's a fine line between relevance and pandering, and they found it. Now why is it again that folks think Christians are narrow-minded? Science, Math, and ...

Naomh Padraig: St. Patrick's Day, John O'Donohue and Blessing
Originally Posted: 03/16/2012 - 6:24pm | Type: Blog

To bless someone, in the most literal sense of the word, is to confer your hopes to them. That's why so many traditional blessings begin with the word "may." To bl ...

Bowling Lanes Disappearing from U.S. Churches
Originally Posted: 03/16/2012 - 6:09pm | Type: Blog

Church bowling alleys are disappearing fast. There are probably fewer than 200 left. PEORIA, Ill. — When Max and Nancy Carson got married at St. Ann Catholic Church in 1974, the o ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: March 16, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/16/2012 - 4:57pm | Type: Blog

Get ready for St. Patrick's Day with some laughs, crafts, and a look at some green musicians. Plus, a look at the impressive "Magic Mushroom House," an express book-printing machine, portraits m ...

Cleveland Bishop Has 60 Days to Appeal Church Closures
Originally Posted: 03/16/2012 - 4:16pm | Type: Blog

CLEVELAND--Bishop Richard Lennon on Wednesday (March 14) received the official Vatican decrees that overturn his closings of 13 Catholic parishes, the diocese said, kicking off a 60-day period for him to decide whether to appeal. "The process t ...

Priest Defends Denying Communion to Lesbian
Originally Posted: 03/16/2012 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

A Catholic priest who was pulled from ministry after a furor over denying Communion to a lesbian at her mother's funeral insists he did the right thing and criticized the Washington archdiocese for discip ...

Slavery, Tokenism and the Atheist PR Debacle
Originally Posted: 03/16/2012 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

Atheist activism is hardly news these days. Folks are feeling increasingly convicted about taking their disbelief public, and more specifically, pointing out the damage done by religion. But it seems the most ...

Archbishop of Canterbury Resigns and Speculation Quickly Turns to His Successor
Originally Posted: 03/16/2012 - 3:21pm | Type: Blog

Williams' surprise announcement stunned the religious world, even as the short list of prospective successors swiftly began to circulate. Williams, 61, has led the Church of England and the world's 7 ...

Vatican Pulls Support for Seminarians’ Soccer League
Originally Posted: 03/16/2012 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

VATICAN CITY — A Vatican department has withdrawn its support from a soccer tournament that pits teams from Rome's seminaries against each other because it has lost its "educational" value. ...

Restoring Dignity
Originally Posted: 03/16/2012 - 2:47pm | Type: Blog

years after that conversation, Huckel launched Restore with a $17,000 grant and a laptop. She worked ...

Tony Blair, UK's Chief Rabbi on the Resignation of the Archbishop of Canterbury
Originally Posted: 03/16/2012 - 2:52pm | Type: Blog

Upon learning that Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has announced his intention to resign at the end of the year, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and the UK's Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks ...

Breaking: Archbishop of Canterbury Resigns
Originally Posted: 03/16/2012 - 12:29pm | Type: Blog

Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, announced this morning that he is resigning at the end of the year. After more than 20 years as bishop and then archbishop, Williams plans to return to academia at Cam ...

Crystal Cathedral: A Cautionary Tale
Originally Posted: 03/16/2012 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

* As members of the Schuller family head in new directions — Coleman and brother-in law Jim Penner plan to start a new church this Sunday — the famous glass-walled church offers a cautionary tale of the p ...

In St. Patrick's Footsteps: Humor and Humanity
Originally Posted: 03/15/2012 - 11:15pm | Type: Blog

We know very little for sure about Ireland’s patron saint, the embodiment of the spirit of the place where I was born and raised, and the reason many of us will be partying this weekend to remember a land wher ...

Knotted Celt
Originally Posted: 03/15/2012 - 11:12pm | Type: Blog

Howling wind whipped my long, unruly hair in penitent lashes across my face as I stood in the rain, staring at the churning sea at the northernmost point of Ireland. This place, Malin Head in County Donegal, f ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: March 15, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/15/2012 - 6:09pm | Type: Blog

Mad Men meets Sesame Street, the documentary film Mister Rogers & Me, electric bicycles, a new Ben & Jerry's flavor, and an impressive glowing Japanese dance team. Th ...

Sermon on Losing Your Life and How Jesus Isn’t Your Magical Puppy
Originally Posted: 03/15/2012 - 2:00pm | Type: Blog

See, I wrote another sermon this week. A real one. I worked on it all week. And then yesterday afternoon I threw it away and just wrote you this letter instead. Because I realized that in my sermon I was tryin ...

Spiritual Refugees, Mainline Protestants and Missed Opportunities
Originally Posted: 03/15/2012 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

I've been speaking at many small colleges that have historical ties to the oldest mainline denominations in the U.S. I have been noticing something interesting: a terrific hunger for a deeper spirituality ...

Movie Review: Game Change
Originally Posted: 03/15/2012 - 1:30pm | Type: Blog

First, let me say that this is about a movie based on real people, and I’m critiquing the movie as a piece of entertainment. This is a movie review, not a political analysis. We can do that later. ...

Tithing: No Buts About It
Originally Posted: 03/15/2012 - 1:09pm | Type: SojoMail

March 15, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK “A huge problem is that the ...

What is Church 2.0?
Originally Posted: 03/15/2012 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

Here is a condensed version of a workshop I offer on the concept of “Church 2.0.” I talk in it about the popularity of things like the “Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus” video and Mark Driscoll’s Acts 29 Net ...

Sh...tuff Emergents Say: 'Ya Goin' to Wild Goose This Year?'
Originally Posted: 03/15/2012 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

My friend, Travis Mamone, did a short video about all the stuff emergent Christians are prone to pop off about. Yeah, he pretty much nails me in it. My friend, Travis Mamone , ...

Tithing: No Buts About It
Originally Posted: 03/15/2012 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

I’ve been lying about money. No, I’m still lying about money. But, I’m getting better. I’ve been lying about money. No, I’m still lying about money. But, I’m getting better. ...

(Home) Schooling Bill Maher
Originally Posted: 03/15/2012 - 8:37am | Type: Blog

Last Friday, on his weekly show "Real Time with Bill Maher," the not-so friendly atheist, Mr. Maher took issue with the Santorum families decision to homeschool their children. Tim King, former homes ...

Jews Ask Pope to Push for Aid Worker’s Release in Cuba
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

Pope Benedict XVI will use his upcoming trip to Cuba to press for the release of Alan Gross, a Jewish man who has languished in a Cuban jail for more than two years, according to Gross' supporters. ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: March 14, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 4:36pm | Type: Blog

Today is Pi Day -- March 14! Celebrate by learning a little more about one of the most irrational numbers around. [ Pi Day ] Oh the many things you wouldn’t be able to do if your arms were as tiny the arms of a T-Rex (like writing out the f ...

Military Atheists Get Ready to ‘Rock Beyond Belief’
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

After more than a year of planning, atheists in the military will stage a public festival and rock concert celebrating their lack of religious beliefs at North Carolina's Fort Bragg, one of the largest U. ...

Why is it So Hard to Do Religion in Prime Time?
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 4:21pm | Type: Blog

Many TV network executives, advertisers and producers would sell their souls to get the kind of audience God has. But giving religion a starring role in prime time? Not so much. M ...

In The Stacks: Wenesday, March 14
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

Among my must reads are the Sunday New York Times Book Review and other book reviews I come across in various media outlets. There are too many books being published that I would love to read, but just don’t h ...

Pastor Nadarkhani Remains on Death Row in Iran
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

After searching for a while, I found a post by the American Center for Law and Justice that confirmed what had become my hope: Reports of Nadarkhani's execution were false. L ...

Afternoon News Bytes: March 14, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

THE WASHINGTON POST: Mississippi, Alabama Primaries: Evangelicals, Evangelicals Everywhere Approximately eight in 10 voters in today’s Alabama and Mississippi presidential primaries identify themselves as evangelical Christians, according to preli ...

George Clooney Witnesses War Crimes in Sudan
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

On a recent trip to Sudan's Nuba Mountains, George Clooney witnessed rocket attacks against the Nuban people and the effects of the ongoing violence. George Clooney has been ...

'Homeless Hotspots' a Controversial New Charity
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 3:49pm | Type: Blog

A new charity project debuting at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas, is sparking controversy. BBH Labs, a non-profit in New York, has started a campaign called “Homeless Hotspots,” in whi ...

Wanderlust: A Sojourn to Elysium
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 1:58pm | Type: Blog

Bring on the ice breaker questions — I have found the film about my year in intentional community. If there were a movie about your life, what would it look like? Which celebrity ...

Things I Hate (But Shouldn't)
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 1:28pm | Type: Blog

I know, Christians, love everyone and everything, right? Mister Bluebird on my shoulder and all that jazz. Well, that ain’t me. Not that I don’t try, but I also don’t try to fake it when I’m not feeling the lo ...

The Hoola Hoop Mission
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 11:36am | Type: Blog

It’s a simple joy – hoola hooping. And that seems to be the reason Carissa Caricato left her job to travel the world. A few years ago when Carissa traveled to Haiti for earthquake relief efforts, she brought a few hoops to share with the children. A ...

A Lagniappe of Awesomeness: Jesus Toast
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 5:49pm | Type: Blog

I wrote a piece a little while back about a guy in Espanola, New Mexico, who found the image of Jesus in his tortilla. While that was interesting, this is AWESOME. I wr ...

Invisible Children: Using Film and Social Media to Advance Global Justice Advocacy
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 5:35pm | Type: Blog

Social media as an organizing tool also opens up the possibility of creating extensive webs of interactions between activists across the globe. It allows story-telling to be a global enterprise. ...

Doctor Who Championed ‘Death with Dignity’ Dies at 83
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 6:05pm | Type: Blog

Peter Goodwin, the first doctor in Oregon to campaign publicly for the terminally ill to obtain medical help in ending their lives, died shortly after exercising the right he fought to secure. He was 83. ...

Pastor Says Hospitality Staff Can’t Live by Bread Alone
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 6:01pm | Type: Blog

The idea behind Big Table isn't about proselytizing, praying or preaching. The pastor's only goal is to befriend local food industry workers and pamper them at the regular Big Table dinners. ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: March 13, 2012, Video Edition
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

Improv Everywhere plays a prank during a fake TED talk after the classic “Mac spinning ball” pauses the slideshow presentation. [ Improv Everywhere ] It just doesn’t get much better than seeing Darth Vader take laps around a par ...

Contraception Debate Overlooks the Obvious
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

Since Rush Limbaugh’s tirade, calling Sandra Fluke a “slut” for testifying for free access to birth control, the actual subject of debate seems like a distant memory. What were we talking about again? ...

Afternoon News Bytes: March 13, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

CNN: The Psychological Toll Of War (OPINION) What motivated an American soldier to allegedly open fire and kill 16 innocent Afghan civilians in cold blood? No one knows at this point. The soldier, an Army staff sergeant, seems to have acted alone, ...

Young Evangelicals: Unaffiliated Does Not Always Mean UnChristian
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

While some of my fellow millenials are jumping ship on Christiainity--many are not so much leaving the big-C “Church,” as they are leaving established churches. There has been a l ...

Jonny Stew on 'You Might Be A Romney If...' and 'My Little Kony'
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 12:39pm | Type: Blog

"Everything Mitt Romney knows about the south he learned from a Jeff Foxworthy stand-up routine." "Everything Mitt Romney knows about the south he learned from a ...

Violence Makes Losers of Us All
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

If you were walking down the street and a stranger approached you and punched you in the face what would you want to do in that moment? Sure, this is an odd hypothetical situation, but really, answer the quest ...

IRAQ REFLECTION: A Small Miracle in Suleimaniya
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 12:03pm | Type: Blog

A Christian peacemaker in Kurdish Iraq responds to the sudden killing of an American Christian school teacher by an Iraqi student. The news spread through the city of Suleimaniya ...

Unresolved ... Like Jazz
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 12:08pm | Type: Blog

What saves Blue Like Jazz, thankfully, is that it is a memoir with a difference. It isn’t a rose-tinted, romanticized account of some historical or celebrated figure. It is the memoir of someone who is very mu ...

Disagreeing Wthout Being Disagreeable
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 7:00am | Type: Blog

In an apparent bid to add an erudite contribution to our public discourse, Rush Limbaugh called a Georgetown law student a "slut" and a "prostitute" for testifying before Congress in favor ...

U.S. Christians Hope for an ‘Ecumenical Spring’
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 6:00am | Type: Blog

Ten years after multi-denominational church leaders took the first steps toward forming the broad-based group Christian Churches Together in the USA, some have hopes that U.S. churches may be entering a new se ...