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The Only Way Out is Through (A Lenten Reflection)
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

How about we all just agree to skip Lent this year and just get back together on Easter, okay? A day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness! -Joel ...

Spiritual But Not Religious: Oswald Chambers
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 2:28pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Modern passages from Oswald Chambers' classic devotional reader My Utmost for His Highest. L ...

How the Traditional Pope Benedict Is Redefining the Papacy
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

Yet with the stunning announcement that he is resigning as the 264th successor to Saint Peter, Benedict may wind up fundamentally changing the way the church and the world view the papacy. ...

In Memoriam: Dr. Richard Leo Twiss
Originally Posted: 02/12/2013 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

We were anointing our brother’s feet for burial. As I moved the oil over his feet, I repeated the words that Richard’s editor had said to me when we talked earlier that night: “Beautiful are the feet of the on ...

Who’s in the Running for Pope? 12 Names to Watch
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

What will happen when the world’s cardinals gather before the splendor of Michelangelo’s Last Judgment fresco in the Sistine Chapel to elect a new pope? Who are the “papabile,” as the Italians say, the “pope-a ...

Missouri Synod President Apologizes for Newtown Interfaith ‘Debacle’
Originally Posted: 02/11/2013 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

The president of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod apologized for his role in the “debacle” that led him to publicly reprimand a pastor in Newtown, Conn., for praying at an interfaith service following the ma ...

Electing A New Pope Draws on Tradition and Secrecy
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

Pope Benedict XVI will soon become the first pope to resign since 1415, short-circuiting many of the initial stages of electing a new pope. But the Vatican says the transition to a new papacy shouldn’t be all ...

Faith to the Utmost
Originally Posted: 01/06/2014 - 5:34pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ronald Osborn Today many people identify as "spiritual but not religious." Before it was trendy, Oswald Chambers, the man behin ...

What Happens Next at the Vatican
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:42pm | Type: Blog

Following is a brief explanation of the process used in a conclave to elect a new pope. Following is a brief explanation of the process used in a conclave to elect a new pope. ...

Finding God in the Depths of Silence
Originally Posted: 02/14/2013 - 10:54am | Type: Magazine Article

Richard Rohr Real interior silence, not just the absence of noise, is a foundational spiritual discipline. So why are we so resistant to ...

What Happens When the 'See of Peter' is Vacant?
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:43pm | Type: Blog

If you live in the post-Modern, post-Christendom uber-hip world, you might not understand the full weight of this morning's announcement. A pope hasn't "resigned" in 600 years. ...

Will He Find Faith?
Originally Posted: 02/11/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

I do feel like a disembodied voice crying in the wilderness as I struggle, like a fish swimming upstream, to believe that the Gospel is real and solid and still matters.  C.S. Lew ...

Fasting Like an Old Testament Prophet Gains Followers During Lent
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

During Lent, which starts Feb. 13, the 40-year-old mother of two keeps a type of Daniel Fast, which involves eating only food from seeds (vegetables, fruits, unleavened grains), drinking only water and practic ...

A Westboro Change of Heart
Originally Posted: 02/07/2013 - 5:31pm | Type: Blog

In a shocking turn of events, Megan Phelps-Roger — granddaughter of Westboro Baptist founder Fred Phelps — recently left the flock along with her younger sister Grace Roper. Pick ...

The Ikea Effect, Slow Church, and Laboring Our Way Into Love
Originally Posted: 02/07/2013 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

We want to care. We want to have a stake in our lives. We want more from existence. We want love, but it seems that love requires something of us. Love is work. A man buys two dog ...

24/6: The Sanctity of Stop Day
Originally Posted: 02/06/2013 - 6:29pm | Type: Blog

"Time is money," wrote Ben Franklin in "Advice to a Young Tradesman, Written by an Old One." The saying that has embodied the Protestant work ethic since 1748 is no less relevant in our 21st-century postmodern culture. Our consumer-b ...

Lutheran Pastor Apologizes for Praying at Newtown Vigil
Originally Posted: 02/06/2013 - 6:02pm | Type: Blog

in the U.S., with almost 2.3 million members. The more liberal Evangelical Lutheran Church of America has 4 ...

The Key to Entrepreneurial Success
Originally Posted: 02/06/2013 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

Some enterprises, like tech start-ups, are all dream and no structure. Some enterprises, like tech start-ups, are all dream and no structure. A founder’s dream of making a ...

Justin Welby Confirmed as New Archbishop of Canterbury
Originally Posted: 02/05/2013 - 2:21pm | Type: Blog

Justin Welby was confirmed Monday as the new archbishop of Canterbury at a centuries-old service at St. Paul’s Cathedral, six weeks before his formal enthronement inside Canterbury Cathedral on March 21. ...

I'm An A-Hole Dad
Originally Posted: 02/04/2013 - 12:32pm | Type: Blog

My son, Mattias, is a charmer. As introverted and crowd-averse as I am, he feeds off the energy of a group. His uncle Matt calls him “Slumdog Millionaire” because he’s convinced that, if you dropped him in the ...

At Halftime, A Religious Alternative to Beyonce
Originally Posted: 02/01/2013 - 3:37pm | Type: Blog

Super Bowl halftime shows often burn more vivid images into the American conscience than the most-watched football game of the year, and can claim millions more viewers. Super B ...

Chick-fil-A and An Unexpected Friendship
Originally Posted: 07/26/2013 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

Shane L. Windmeyer, a nationally recognized LGBT leader in higher education, recently ‘came out’ as a friend of Dan Cathy, Chick-fil-A’s president and COO, who found himself embroiled in a PR battle after maki ...

Pastors, Parents, and People of Faith: Game Changers on Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

In moral battles over the last several years, I have witnessed the roles of pastors, parents, and people of faith. Their roles have made all the difference. Could that now happen again on guns? It will certain ...

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 ...

David Lamb: Is God Really ‘Angry, Sexist and Racist?'
Originally Posted: 01/30/2013 - 4:53pm | Type: Blog

Evangelical theologian David Lamb tackles some of the Bible’s most troubling passages in his book, God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist? His answer: yes and no. ...

Pope Benedict XVI Says Lack of ‘Faith’ Could Be Used in Marriage Annulments
Originally Posted: 01/30/2013 - 11:04am | Type: Blog

Pope Benedict XVI has asked the Vatican’s highest appeals court to consider reviewing church rules on marriage annulments — a statement that may signal a change in tone more than a change in substance. ...

Deep in the Heart of Texas Mythology
Originally Posted: 01/29/2013 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

Those who try to simplify American culture and demand that it fit their uniform standards fail to see the beauty of diversity, and they miss the half-truth – charming, but always partial – of the mythologies w ...

Faith Community Organizes Call-in Day to End Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

While the debate on sensible gun restrictions has continued, local evening newscasts continue to run stories highlighting yet more tragic deaths from gun violence. We need more than a conversation. We need Co ...

Sermon on Baptism and the Devil
Originally Posted: 01/29/2013 - 10:25am | Type: Blog

While I am certain evil exists I’m not sure it’s in the form of a red man with horns and pitchfork and tail. That image that terrified me as a child is now a bit too cartoon-y for me to take seriously. ...

John the Baptist's Revolutionary Message
Originally Posted: 01/28/2013 - 2:19pm | Type: Blog

My sister read aloud. Chapter 1: Zechariah, Mary, Elizabeth, babies on the way. Chapter 2: Jesus, prophesies. Chapter 3: John the Baptist, and wait, what? Every Christmas, my fami ...

Rethinking Modesty
Originally Posted: 01/28/2013 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

When I was growing up, the only thing that could be said about clothing was that it should be “modest,” and ideally not too “worldly.” “Modesty” was proof-texted from 1 Timothy 2:9: “I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not w ...

In Search of The Real World
Originally Posted: 01/28/2013 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

We in the general public often receive an edited intake of information based upon a wide variety of personal choices, public influences, and political agendas. But we often fail to recognize the various influe ...

Lutherans Warn Vatican Against Simpler Conversions
Originally Posted: 01/23/2013 - 5:29pm | Type: Blog

Lutheran leaders have warned the Vatican that the creation of a structure to welcome conservative Lutherans into the Catholic Church would harm dialogue and damage ecumenical relations. ...

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& ...

Sorry, But God Isn't a Ravens Fan
Originally Posted: 01/23/2013 - 2:25pm | Type: Blog

When did "football" become so intertwined with "God," like "God" and "America?" Faith and football, faith and flag. Is this what God is all about? ...

If I Were Manti Te’o's Pastor
Originally Posted: 01/18/2013 - 11:03am | Type: Blog

Because I’m a believer in people – and more so – because I believe in the power of redemption, reconciliation, and restoration, I want to see Manti Te'o do well – not just as a football player – but as a ...

Emerging From the Wilderness
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 12:37pm | Type: Blog

Wise leaders spend time in the wilderness. Wise leaders spend time in the wilderness. Some choose a sojourn in the desert; most are driven there when their leadership fails ...

When Radical Welcome Gets Messy
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 10:06am | Type: Blog

It’s easier to guide the vision and mission of a church you start. It’s another thing to help a 135-year-old congregation reimagine what it means to be a downtown urban church in a world that has changed drama ...

Virtual Vices Show Shift in American Morality
Originally Posted: 01/10/2013 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride still attract a lot of attention. But as the Internet and other media invade American life, our vices have also gone virtual, according to a new study. ...

‘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 ...

I Am Christian Because I Am #SBNR
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 12:19pm | Type: Blog

The only reason that I am Christian is because I am spiritual-but-not-religious. The only reason that I am Christian is because I am spiritual-but-not-religious. Right. That� ...

VIDEO: The Spiritual Practice of Bread-Making
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 2:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Spiritual growth through bread-making. Many congregations lament that young adults are leaving ch ...

Risking Depth and Passion
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 11:33am | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C "EVEN IF I OWNED Picasso's &# ...

Why We (Still) Can't Wait
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger The Beloved Community is not a utopian ideal. DURING THE unseasonably warm autumn of 1951, ...

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. ...

'Relevance' Is Not Enough
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:52am | Type: Magazine Article

Anne Marie Roderick Joshua Witchger Many young adults are leaving the church these day ...

Article on ‘Jesus’ Wife’ Papyrus Delayed for More Testing
Originally Posted: 01/07/2013 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

The Harvard Theological Review is postponing publication of a major article on the papyrus fragment in which Jesus seems to refer to his wife, raising further doubts about a discovery that was set to turn Chri ...

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. ...

Drinking Deeply
Originally Posted: 01/04/2013 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

What would it mean to the world if this year — and well into the future — we passed it a bottle of Wild Irish Rose, if we gave it the things that mean most to us? Let's try it! ...

Waiting for Your 2013
Originally Posted: 01/04/2013 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

2013 will be a year of healing and of leveling with the reality that I am broken. I have been broken and will be broken. And that's okay. My 2013 resolution is to continue the unraveling of 2012, 2011, 20 ...