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Vatican Censors Nun’s Book on Sexual Ethics
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 4:32pm | Type: Blog

A long-simmering conflict between the Vatican and American nuns erupted again on June 4 when the Vatican's doctrinal office issued a scathing critique of a popular book on sexual ethics by Sister Margaret ...

The Nuns Who Once Taught the Bishops Aren’t Done Yet
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

When publicly reprimanded by some of the most powerful men in the Vatican, one is expected to respond, "Yes, Your Excellencies. Very sorry, your Excellencies.” American nuns are trying something different ...

Mourning 2.0
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

This is Mourning 2.0. Technological advances have dramatically altered how we grieve for and memorialize the dead.In this new era, the bereaved readily share their sorrow via Facebook comments. They light virt ...

Biblical Add-Ons, Edits & Agendas: A Challenge to Literalism?
Originally Posted: 06/03/2012 - 5:58pm | Type: Blog

Can those who don’t interpret scripture literally use the Bible as a bludgeon against others? Of course. But the inherent lack of room for discussion, critical thought, nuance or even alternate views within th ...

Church of the Laptop-Bound: Sunday June 3, 2012
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 7:59am | Type: Blog

Couldn't quite get yourself together to make it to church this weekend? We've got you covered. Here for you edification and instruction, are three good lessons in video and audio form, from pastors T ...

U.S. Nuns Rip Vatican Over 'Unsubstantiated Accusations'
Originally Posted: 06/01/2012 - 5:43pm | Type: Blog

The unexpectedly strong pushback to the Vatican may be an indication of how much backlash the campaign has sparked among Catholics, who value the sisters’ longstanding ministry in education, health care and so ...

Renewal for the church
Originally Posted: 06/01/2012 - 4:36pm | Type: Blog

An interview with Sr. Pat Farrell, president of LCWR. After releasing its first public statement in response to Vatican criticism, Leadership Conference of Women Religious pre ...

Some Thoughts on the Holy Trinity
Originally Posted: 06/01/2012 - 12:59pm | Type: Blog

Holy Trinity is not the most popular festival among preachers who, for all the other seasons and special days of the church year, normally get to dig into interesting gospel narratives. ...

Snake Handling, Stigmata and Testing God
Originally Posted: 06/01/2012 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

Faith is an orientation toward something rather than an arrival at it. Faith is a daily practice, not a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Yet we continue to try to define God, faith and the Bible on our own terms ...

How to Proclaim Restoration
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 2:00pm | Type: Magazine Article

Andrew Wilkes Missional Preaching: Engage, Embrace, Transform, by Al Tizon. AL TIZON’S Missional Preaching ...

God's Passionate Vulnerability
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 4:05pm | Type: Magazine Article

[ June 24 ] Grace and Power 1 Samuel 17:57 - 18:5,10-16; Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32; 2 Corinthians ...

The Face of Hate
Originally Posted: 05/22/2012 - 4:20pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joanie Eppinga Rebecca Barrett-Fox An interview by Joanie Eppinga with Rebecca Barrett ...

Malcolm X’s Pivotal Letter on Race at Center of Dispute Between Syracuse, Alex Haley’s Family
Originally Posted: 05/31/2012 - 4:23pm | Type: Blog

Sitting in his hotel room in Saudi Arabia in April 1964, civil rights activist Malcolm X penned a letter on hotel stationery to his friend and co-author, Alex Haley. Now, Haley’s son wants that letter back. ...

Snake Handling Pastor Dies of Snake Bite
Originally Posted: 05/31/2012 - 2:24pm | Type: Blog

Pastor Mack Wolford — an eccentric snake handler and Pentecostal minister — was bitten by a deadly rattle snake at an outdoor service (or “evangelistic hootenanny”) at Panther Wildlife Management Area in West ...

Idaho Bans ‘Five Wives’ Vodka Over Risque Label
Originally Posted: 05/31/2012 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

Idaho regulators have decided not to carry Five Wives Vodka because of its label, while Utah booze cops have deemed the bottle’s depiction of 19th-century women in petticoats holding kittens near their lady p ...

Deliver Us From Smugness
Originally Posted: 05/31/2012 - 7:59pm | Type: Blog

It is not the imperfection or presence of conflict themselves within the Communion of the Saints that too many of those who would not call themselves Christians find repellent. It is how the church deals with ...

Community of the Heart
Originally Posted: 05/30/2012 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

The Trinity is meant not only to tell us the truth about God but to invite us to live that truth — a truth revealed not in abstract theory but in the flesh and blood, the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus ...

'Spiritual-But-Not-Religious' Mecca Faces Midlife Crisis
Originally Posted: 05/30/2012 - 1:04pm | Type: Blog

BIG SUR, Calif. — Perched atop the rugged splendor of the California coast south of Monterey, the Esalen Institute is the mother church for people who call themselves “spiritual but not religious." Over the last five decades, hundreds of th ...

Vatican Official Calls Leaked Documents an ‘Immoral,' ‘Brutal’ Attack
Originally Posted: 05/30/2012 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

The Vatican's No. 3 official on Tuesday (May 29) condemned the theft and publication of secret papal documents as an “immoral act of unheard-of gravity.” The Vatican's ...

Atheists, Believers Both Do Good But for Different Reasons, Studies Say
Originally Posted: 05/29/2012 - 5:44pm | Type: Blog

Atheists and others who don’t adhere to a religion often say they can be good without God. Now, three new studies appear to back them up. BERKELEY, Calif. — Atheists and others w ...

Catholics Rally Around Nuns Amid Vatican Crackdown
Originally Posted: 05/29/2012 - 5:31pm | Type: Blog

Catholics around the U.S. are coming together for prayer vigils as a show of support for America's nuns, whom the Vatican accuses of having "serious doctrinal problems." ...

Parents Take Teaching Hinduism Into Their Own Hands
Originally Posted: 05/29/2012 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

Children are usually the primary complainers about Sunday school, but when Mudita Bahadur started looking for excuses not to take her children to the Hindu temple on Sunday, she knew she had to make a change. ...

I'm a Fraud (and So Are You)
Originally Posted: 05/27/2012 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

I’m coming to terms with the realization that I’m a big, fat fake. But at least I’m in good company. I’m coming to terms with the realization that I’m a big, fat fake. But at lea ...

As Muslim Community Grows, Muslim Funerals Follow Suit
Originally Posted: 05/25/2012 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

As the Muslim population of the U.S. has grown -- the number of mosques grew 74 percent in the last 10 years, according to a 2011 survey -- so has the need for Muslim-specific services like funeral homes and c ...

The Problem with Certitude
Originally Posted: 05/25/2012 - 9:41am | Type: Blog

I'm troubled by the way many Christians choose to take definitive and certain stances about complex issues, and the rhetoric they use to state and defend these positions, rhetoric that tends to divide rat ...

Vatican Details Rules on Virgin Mary Sightings
Originally Posted: 05/24/2012 - 1:51pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican has published rules to evaluate the authenticity of the dozens of apparitions of the Virgin Mary reported each year. The Vatican has published rules to evaluate the au ...

Tell The Story of Who You Are With Your Whole Heart
Originally Posted: 05/24/2012 - 1:57pm | Type: Blog

Every soul cries: “Am I worthy of connection?” We then allow the mass public to tell us the answer to that. Please note: that unstable analysis can never end well no matter how popular one may seem. This lead ...

Catholic Bishops Divided in Legal Battle Against Birth Control Mandate
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 5:22pm | Type: Blog

The wave of lawsuits filed this week by more than 40 Catholic groups against the Obama administration’s birth control mandate was meant as a demonstration of church unity and influence in the face of what some ...

Vatican Denies Bid to Keep Boston Catholic Churches Open
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

Groups of Boston-area Catholics who have waged an eight-year battle to block the sale of parish buildings are running out of options as the Vatican has rejected their appeals. BOS ...

Does Love Last Longer in Arranged Marriages?
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 3:59pm | Type: Blog

Quinn, 23, a quiet engineering student from Springfield, Mo., wanted to settle down, and asked his ... to keep her daughter from dating, which Unificationists frown upon. Jaime, 23, saw her friends fawn over ...

Standing with Nuns, Standing for Compassion
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

This incident has inspired thousands to react in solidarity with American nuns. Long before the Vatican statement was released, however, I’ve had a sense that compassion is something powerful enough to trigger ...

Pope Benedict XVI Gives Direction to U.S. bishops on Hot-Button Issues
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 12:16pm | Type: Blog

In his speeches, Pope Benedict XVI often echoed bishops' concern about religious freedom and the challenges confronting the American church. In his last address, on May 22, he warned bishops of the “threa ...

Jennifer Grant Asks 'What is an Evangelical?'
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

As part of our ongoing series, "What is an Evangelical?" author Jennifer Grant used some creativity to get the message across. As part of our ongoing series, "Wh ...

The Naked Pastor: Three Ways to Leave the Church
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

Paul Simon says there must be 50 ways to leave your lover. The Naked Pastor figures there must be at least three ways to leave your church. Paul Simon says there must be 50 ways ...

‘Old Catholics’ Embrace New Movements
Originally Posted: 05/22/2012 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

Archbishop Michael Seneco, of Washington, D.C., is a gay man who plans to marry his longtime partner in September. Bishop Jim Morgan, of Ogden, Utah, is also gay and has been with the man he considers his hus ...

Catholic Groups File Suit Over HHS Birth Control Mandate
Originally Posted: 05/22/2012 - 12:22pm | Type: Blog

Dozens of Catholic universities, dioceses and other institutions filed lawsuits in courts around the country on Monday in a coordinated effort, spearheaded by the U.S. hierarchy and Catholic conservatives, to ...

Cleveland Catholics ‘Anxious,' 'Edgy’ as Parish Re-openings Drag On
Originally Posted: 05/18/2012 - 11:42am | Type: Blog

It's been nearly a month since Bishop Richard Lennon announced he would reopen 12 closed churches, but so far no shuttered sanctuaries have been resurrected. CLEVELAND — It ...

Young Pastor at the Forefront of Social Change in Australia
Originally Posted: 05/18/2012 - 9:26am | Type: Blog

Young pastor Jarrod McKenna describes it as “rolling up our sleeves and just getting on with the practical work of loving our neighbors.” He’s been arrested more times than he ca ...

Church That Stood Up For Gay Rights Faces Closure
Originally Posted: 05/17/2012 - 4:22pm | Type: Blog

of 23 percent. When the church was growing financially desperate earlier this spring, a predominantly ...

Unexpected Hope: The Vocation of the Church
Originally Posted: 05/17/2012 - 2:21pm | Type: SojoMail

May 17, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK "The church is supposed ...

Unexpected Hope: The Vocation of the Church
Originally Posted: 05/17/2012 - 2:22pm | Type: Blog

So I want to speak directly to you about the vocation of the church in the world. Let me start with a baseball story. I have been a Little League baseball coach for both my son’s teams over many years. And I’ ...

Church Softball League Calls a Foul on Bisexual Pastor
Originally Posted: 05/17/2012 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

"It seems like my sexuality doesn't have anything to do with how my congregation plays softball," Darnell said. "It's frustrating because this is who is representing Christianity in ou ...

Vatican Says Unity With Traditionalist Society of St. Pius X Needs ‘Further Discussions’
Originally Posted: 05/17/2012 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

The Vatican's doctrinal office said “further discussions” will be needed with the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) in order to heal a decades-long split within the Roman Catholic Church. ...

N.T. Wright Asks: Have We Gotten Heaven All Wrong?
Originally Posted: 05/16/2012 - 5:08pm | Type: Blog

N.T. Wright has explored Christian misconceptions about heaven in previous books, but now devotes an entire volume, "How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels," to this trendy subject. ...

Chuck Colson’s Memorial Steeped in Prison Themes
Originally Posted: 05/16/2012 - 4:47pm | Type: Blog

Prison Fellowship founder and former Nixon aide Chuck Colson was memorialized Wednesday (May 16) at Washington National Cathedral in a service steeped in Scripture and prayers about prison and redemption. ...

Preparing a Home (Day Fifteen)
Originally Posted: 05/16/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

A home is only a home if it’s lived in. Likewise, a life is only full if it’s broken open and shared. I’ve become a serious blog slacker, at least by my typical standards. My reg ...

Nuns on the Frontier
Originally Posted: 05/17/2012 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

American nuns in the 19th century. In the current controversy between the Vatican and U.S. religious women, a short history showing that it’s nothing new. Professor emerita of ...

Walter Wink: Remembrance and Reflection
Originally Posted: 05/16/2012 - 2:12pm | Type: Blog

Walter Wink, 76, a world-class biblical scholar and non-violent practitioner, crossed over to God on May 10 at his home in Western Massachusetts. Following a slow decline, he had been in hospice for several we ...

Agape Doesn't Mean "Potluck"
Originally Posted: 05/15/2012 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

If we knew that the people entering the doors of this, our little House for all Sinners and Saints, were actually Jesus’ friends, that they were those whom Jesus loved then despite what we thought of their per ...

Evangelical Leader Says Engaging Mormonism is a Christian Mandate
Originally Posted: 05/14/2012 - 3:16pm | Type: Blog

Richard Mouw never intended to start a riot within the evangelical community by saying his fellow believers had "sinned against Mormonism." But that’s exactly what happened. ...