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Old-School Confessional Revives Saying ‘I’m Sorry’
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 4:44pm | Type: Blog

Confessions among American Catholics have been on the decline for decades, a trend many theologians attribute to changes introduced by the modernizing reforms of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). ...

Jim Wallis Returns to the CultureCast with Christian Piatt
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 2:06pm | Type: Blog

Christian moderated a discussion with Jim at Powell’s Books last week to talk about his new book about nurturing the common good, called On God’s Side. Not to get all braggy here, ...

Prayer in Times of Grief: Q&A With National Day of Prayer Honorary Chairman
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 9:11am | Type: Blog

The honorary chairman of this year’s National Day of Prayer (May 2) says prayer was the only thing that got him through his son’s death five years ago. When fellow megachurch pastor Rick Warren lost his son Ma ...

Radical Theology: The New 'White' Religion?
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 8:31am | Type: Blog

While we’re busy navel-gazing and discussing the meaning of Nietzsche’s “death of God,” non-Anglo religious leaders were busy dealing with real-world problems right in front of them. ...

Leaning In, Mommy Wars, and a Dose of Humility
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

Over the last several weeks, I’ve been trying to figure out exactly why I feel so bothered by Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In. Over the last several weeks, I’ve been trying to ...

Catholics Try Their Hand at Old-Fashioned Evangelism
Originally Posted: 04/25/2013 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

On a recent rainy Saturday, about 125 Catholics packed a basement conference room, many of them older, most of them lay people. Many were representing their parishes. On a recen ...

Half of Christian Young Adults Say Marijuana Should Be Legal
Originally Posted: 04/25/2013 - 9:42am | Type: Blog

while only 23 percent believe using marijuana is a sin. Despite differing opinions ...

Creating Culture of Unity through Interfaith Cooperation
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

Jesus has called me to love my neighbor as myself, but what does that really mean when my neighbor is Mormon, Muslim, Jewish, Atheist, secular humanist, or Hindu? There's no ...

How We Know God
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 8:21am | Type: Blog

God never was only the words he utters, or the ones we utter about God — just like we are never the sum total of everything we have spoken or what has been spoken of us. There is so much more to the mystery of ...

Common Cause President Bob Edgar Dead at 69
Originally Posted: 04/23/2013 - 5:03pm | Type: Blog

The Rev. Bob Edgar, a Democratic congressman and United Methodist minister who went on to lead the National Council of Churches through a painful series of restructuring, died suddenly Tuesday at age 69. ...

Pope Francis’ Preaching Style is Low-Key and Mostly Private
Originally Posted: 04/23/2013 - 3:43pm | Type: Blog

When you’re the pope, few things matter as much as what you say and, especially, where you say it. When you’re the pope, few things matter as much as what you say and, especiall ...

French Jews Face Uncertain Future After Scandal
Originally Posted: 04/23/2013 - 3:00pm | Type: Blog

Amid a finance scandal that touched the heart of France’s Socialist government, a quieter drama played out this month as the country’s top rabbi resigned his post after admitting to plagiarism. ...

Isolated in America
Originally Posted: 04/23/2013 - 1:27pm | Type: Blog

In feeling isolated, the alleged bomber isn’t alone. Isolation is the new normal in America. I wonder if social isolation — not extremist religion or Chechen roots — explains th ...

Boston Mosque Says Bombing Suspect Had Outbursts But Wasn’t Violent
Originally Posted: 04/23/2013 - 1:13pm | Type: Blog

Leaders at the Islamic Society of Boston‘s mosque in Cambridge say Tsarnaev, 26, who died early Friday after a shootout with police, “disagreed with the moderate American-Islamic theology” of the mosque, but t ...

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Originally Posted: 04/23/2013 - 11:04am | Type: Product

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Screen-Free Week and the Still Small Voice
Originally Posted: 04/23/2013 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Besides the temptation of sheer distraction from difficult truths, there is the subtler temptation of 'clicktivism' which lets me feel that I’ve done something without requiring me to think deeply, p ...

A Man Had Two Sons — Luke 15:11
Originally Posted: 04/22/2013 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

It’s one of the deepest and most enduring themes of the Bible; from Cain and Abel, Isaac and Ishmael, Esau and Jacob, and many more — the two sons, with jealousy, strife, and even murder between them, and almo ...

America's Rough Week
Originally Posted: 04/19/2013 - 12:49pm | Type: Blog

Life is difficult. It can knock you down. Sometimes, an entire nation gets knocked down. Life is difficult. It can knock you down. Sometimes, an entire nation gets knocked down. ...

Transcript: Obama Praises Boston for Overcoming the ‘Face of Evil’
Originally Posted: 04/19/2013 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

was a 23-year-old student, far from home. And in the heartache of her family and friends on both sides of a great ...

Theologian Tries to Make Sense of Son’s Death
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 3:32pm | Type: Blog

Grief as the subject of memoir is now commonplace. But this volume, written by a professor of preaching at Duke Divinity School, conveys not only the anguish of grieving families, but also offers testimony to ...

We Are in a Battle for the Common Good
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 3:27pm | Type: Blog

I hear it over and over again both during my conversations on the road, and as I skim the headlines each day, that we are in a battle for the common good. From Boston to Washington, we are facing many fronts. ...

Be Ready to Be Changed
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 8:49am | Type: Blog

We’re surrounded by beauty all of the time. Sometimes we just need a little help seeing it. We have a group at our church that does a weekly sandwich ministry together. Though we ...

George Beverly Shea, the Voice of Billy Graham Crusades, Dies at 104
Originally Posted: 04/17/2013 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

have been a little distracting, but I know he forgave me,” Shea wrote in his book. At age 23, he ...

After Boston: Above and Beyond
Originally Posted: 04/17/2013 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

After the horror and tragedy in Boston, our heads have been down. This work of art serves as a reminder to look up to hear the sound of the spirit of goodness, compassion, and creativity that can turn tragedy ...

Boston Marathon’s Holy Ground and Sacred Bonds
Originally Posted: 04/17/2013 - 10:09am | Type: Blog

Monday’s bombing may have tested that bond, but it couldn’t destroy it. Marathoning may look like a solitary journey, but it’s a communal one. Like everything in life, you need plenty of people — and plenty o ...

Atheists Find a Sunday-Morning Connection with Other Nonbelievers
Originally Posted: 04/16/2013 - 3:48pm | 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. ...

Christendom, Bias, and The End of Religion
Originally Posted: 04/16/2013 - 1:07pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday the Barna Group offered up a very interesting analysis of post-Christianity in the United States. But when we talk about the end of Christianity, which Christianity are we talking about? ...

Today, We Pray for Our Enemies
Originally Posted: 04/16/2013 - 7:49am | Type: Blog

It is in times and tragedies like those that happened in Boston that our call to pray for our enemies is most difficult. May we be faithful to pray for them despite our circumstances. ...

‘Death Cafes’ Normalize a Difficult, Not Morbid, Topic
Originally Posted: 04/15/2013 - 1:26pm | Type: Blog

The casual get-togethers are held at coffee shops, restaurants and, recently in Atlanta, at the historic Oakland Cemetery. Hosts are social workers and chaplains — no professional association, philosophy, or r ...

Pope Francis Orders Overhaul of U.S. Nuns to Continue
Originally Posted: 04/15/2013 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

Nearly a year after the Vatican announced a makeover of the largest umbrella group for American nuns, Pope Francis has directed that the overhaul of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious continue. ...

The Common Good Amid Individualism
Originally Posted: 04/15/2013 - 10:54am | Type: Blog

As Americans, we live in a culture that is hyper-individuated, fragmented, and dehumanizing as it pushes a mantra of success based on material accumulation and power. Being in community with others is the coun ...

How Will I Know I Have Given Enough?
Originally Posted: 04/12/2013 - 1:07pm | Type: Blog

I am advocating that individual Christians and church communities stop thinking of serving others as a line in a budget of many competing priorities, and begin to think about emulating God’s grace as central t ...

Obama Awards Catholic Army Chaplain Medal of Honor
Originally Posted: 04/12/2013 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

A candidate for sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by President Obama Thursday at the White House. A candidate for sainthood in t ...

I Will Miss David Kuo
Originally Posted: 04/11/2013 - 10:20am | Type: Blog

David always believed that our faith should shape our politics, not the other way around. David Kuo was a good friend of mine. After a decade long battle with brain cancer, David ...

North Carolina Minorities Remain Worried After Religion Bill is Pulled
Originally Posted: 04/09/2013 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

A resolution to allow North Carolina to defy the Constitution and establish a state-sanctioned religion may be dead in the state capitol, but minority faiths say there’s more than enough reason to remain nervo ...

Pope Francis and a New Vision of Catholic Reform
Originally Posted: 04/08/2013 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

From the very first moment of his unexpected election as Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina has embraced a series of small departures from established tradition. ...

Vitriol Infests Rick Warren Family’s Grief
Originally Posted: 04/08/2013 - 1:58pm | Type: Blog

A shocking number are taking the moment of media attention to lash out at Warren on their digital tom-toms. The attacks are aimed both at him personally and at his Christian message. ...

The Problem Isn’t God; It’s Certainty
Originally Posted: 04/08/2013 - 8:07am | Type: Blog

Uncertainty about the existence of God is not the same thing as certainty about the non-existence of God. Uncertainty about the existence of God is not the same thing as certainty ...

Pope Francis a Huge Hit With U.S. Catholics (For Now)
Originally Posted: 04/05/2013 - 1:10pm | Type: Blog

He has been Pope Francis for less than a month, but the keep-it-simple prelate from Argentina is a wow with American Catholics — at least for now. He has been Pope Francis for l ...

Desmond Tutu Wins $1.7 Million 2013 Templeton Prize
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 9:56am | 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 ...

Growing Up Trinitarian
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 8:17am | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C I WAS BROUGHT UP up on stories of my fa ...

The Political Subversion of the Cross
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 8:43am | 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. ...

Does Postmodern Theology Risk Becoming What It 'Hates?'
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 7:59am | Type: Blog

hereas there’s a great potential benefit in challenging, or even actively deconstructing everything from our image of God to our notion of all things supernatural or miraculous, there’s also the risk that we e ...

One Baptism, One Faith
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 8:18am | Type: Magazine Article

John Klassen A recent agreement between U.S. churches marks important ecumenical progress. AFTER SEVEN YEARS ...

On Scripture: Why Our Bodies Matter
Originally Posted: 04/03/2013 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

The resurrection story implies that bodies matter. Jesus’ resurrection is not merely a spiritual thing – the apparition of his ghost, or his ongoing spiritual influence. Immediate ...

The Garden Outside Pleasantville
Originally Posted: 04/02/2013 - 1:46pm | Type: Blog

In some way or other, I think it’s safe to say that we all have a kind of nostalgia for the innocence and purity of the Garden of Eden before what we call “the fall.” In some way ...

VIDEO: Jim Wallis on 'This Week'
Originally Posted: 04/02/2013 - 8:16am | Type: Blog

Sojourners President and CEO Jim Wallis sat down with George Stephanopoulos on ABC's 'This Week' to discuss his latest book On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Lea ...

Brazilian Evangelist Has Big Plans for U.S.
Originally Posted: 04/02/2013 - 8:03am | Type: Blog

Fourteen years after he started out in the countryside outside Sao Paulo, Apostle Valdemiro Santiago sits at the helm of a booming Pentecostal church in Brazil, the world’s fastest-growing evangelical country. ...

New Testing Dates Shroud of Turin to Era of Christ
Originally Posted: 04/01/2013 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

New scientific tests on the Shroud of Turin, which went on display Saturday in a special TV appearance introduced by the pope, date the cloth to ancient times, challenging earlier experiments that dated it onl ...