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The Key to Entrepreneurial Success
Originally Posted: 02/06/2013 - 10:22am | 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 - 1:21pm | 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 - 11:32am | 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 - 2:37pm | 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 - 9:39am | 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 - 9:28am | 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 - 9:19am | 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 - 3:53pm | 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 - 10:04am | 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 - 3:33pm | 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 - 9:30am | 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 - 9:25am | 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 - 1:19pm | 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 - 9:29am | 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 - 8:52am | 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 - 4:29pm | 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 - 3:39pm | 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 - 1:25pm | 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 - 10:03am | 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 - 11:37am | 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 - 9:06am | 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 - 2:02pm | 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 - 4:02pm | 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 - 11:19am | 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 - 1:56pm | 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 - 10:33am | 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 - 9:51am | 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 - 3:33pm | 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 - 9:52am | 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 - 1:13pm | 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 - 11:52am | 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 - 3:08pm | 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 - 9:04am | 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 ...

Resting Between the Headlines: The Most Important Resolution You Can Make this Year
Originally Posted: 01/03/2013 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

Perhaps the best thing we can do for the peace and healing of our country is to take a weekly day of rest, beginning now. Hurricane Sandy. Sandy Hook.  The Fiscal Cliff.  Next ...

On Scripture: Frankincense, Myrrh, and a Toothbrush? Matthew 2:1-12
Originally Posted: 01/03/2013 - 4:21pm | Type: Blog

We realized the divide between rich and poor can be seen not by looking at house size, checkbooks, or retirement accounts, but by looking at a person’s smile. In  As I Lay Dy ...

A New Year's Challenge in the Wake of Sandy Hook
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 9:36am | Type: Blog

In the end I think it is so important that we realize that we all as individuals contribute to this national tragedy even if we live thousands of miles away because WE are what makes up this culture. ...

A Gen-X Spiritual-But-Not-Religious Creed?
Originally Posted: 12/28/2012 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

There are a lot of emergent folk who shun creeds. They have let go of much of their free-range evangelicalism, but the anti-creedal posture still holds a principal place. Still, I am thinking about music and l ...

'In Our Hearts, We Won Them All'
Originally Posted: 12/28/2012 - 10:08am | Type: Blog

"In our hearts we won them all." I'll always remember it and hold it in my heart. I attended a basketball banquet and a girls team gathered together on the stage. ...

One Last Christmas Gift
Originally Posted: 12/27/2012 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

I look forward to another year of ministry with your help and your support. Bless you and your families in these special days of time together. The year has been a busy and ch ...

Pope Paul VI Inches One Step Closer to Sainthood
Originally Posted: 12/27/2012 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

Pope Paul VI, who guided the Catholic Church through a tumultuous period of change in the 1960s and 70s, took a crucial first step toward possible sainthood when Pope Benedict XVI last week recognized his pred ...

What Are You Singing: The Little Drummer Boy
Originally Posted: 12/24/2012 - 10:54am | Type: Blog

Not only is this song fun to sing with its drum-like “pa-rum-pum-pum-pums,” but also it embraces a non-materialistic message that we all need to hear, especially this time of year. ...

What Are You Singing: I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In
Originally Posted: 12/21/2012 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

This Christmas I hope those “three ships” will sail toward the light of my Advent candles. And that I’m ready to receive the treasures they bear. One carol I’ve been humming this ...

Evangelicals' Answer to Newtown Should Be Evangelism
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Blog

Absent from all of this analysis is any consideration of our own failure to do exactly what evangelicals should be all about: Evangelism, in the form of reaching out and giving meaning to lost souls like the l ...

What Are You Singing: Do You Hear What I Hear?
Originally Posted: 12/20/2012 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

Rather than a subversive message about the twisting of the Gospel, “Do You Hear What I Hear” was actually a call for peace during the turbulence of the 1960s. Whoops. I was joki ...

Pastor Terry Jones is No Match for the Beatles’ LOVE
Originally Posted: 12/20/2012 - 11:16pm | Type: Blog

In this video produced by the New York Times, we get to witness what I consider a momentary intervention of God’s spirit in a beautifully, creatively nonviolent way. Many will re ...

What Are You Singing: O Little Town of Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 12/20/2012 - 9:50am | Type: Blog

One question I am left with as I think about Bethlehem and the places surrounding it this Christmas is What would Jesus have to say about this conflict? I don’t know about you, bu ...

Is It Too Late For Us?
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 9:39am | Type: Blog

As tragic as the shooting was in Connecticut —and I am truly not interested in minimizing the grief or outrage — we have to wake up and realize that more children are killed every year in the U.S \and we seldo ...

On Scripture: Can We Speak of God’s Activity, in Triumph or Tragedy?
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 9:40am | Type: Blog

Certain Christians seem compelled to speak for God in disorienting moments like these, and the results are frequently terrible. The rest of the church has a responsibility to get angry and repudiate the statem ...

Newest Front in 'Christmas Wars:' Billboards
Originally Posted: 12/18/2012 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

A billboard posted in Chico, Calif., that originally read “Don’t believe in God? Join the club” was defaced on Dec. 12, less than a week after it appeared, with vandals removing the word “don’t.” ...

What Are You Singing: Away In A Manger
Originally Posted: 12/19/2012 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

Even though the song may seem like it only deserves a cursory glance, as it was originally published in theLittle Children's Book for Schools and Families in 1885, I purport there’s something more to the ...