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On the Inside Looking Out
Originally Posted: 03/07/2013 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

We did a focus group here as part of strategic planning at Trinity Episcopal Church. CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — We did a focus group here as part of strategic planning at Trinity Epis ...

The Juxtaposition of Death and Life, or Church on a Bike
Originally Posted: 03/06/2013 - 8:48am | Type: Blog

All around us, death and life, life and death. Pitch black darkness, confusion, pain, redemption, hope, joy, life, and healing hover around us and within us each day and it’s rarely a smooth, seamless process. ...

What Are We Guarding Against?
Originally Posted: 03/05/2013 - 6:36pm | Type: Blog

It's a marvel that people hate vehemently enough to end their lives and those of complete strangers as a solution to their actual suffering or perceptions of injustice. It's expensive to make this me ...

Is God on Our Side?
Originally Posted: 03/05/2013 - 10:44am | Type: Blog

What's it like to wrestle with the Divine One? You know, like Jacob did there in the desert one night. You can contend with God, can you not? Is God not then your enemy in some way? ...

One Woman’s Journey Out of Faith, Family, and Fear
Originally Posted: 03/05/2013 - 8:00am | Type: Blog

There were at least 5,000 honor killings in 2000, according to a U.N. report. In 2010, a British newspaper estimated the number as high as 20,000. Most honor killings involve the murder of one family member — ...

On God's Side
Originally Posted: 12/03/2013 - 1:46pm | Type: Product

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March 2013
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 2:10pm | Type: Magazine Issue

March, 2013 Life, unplugged: Richard Rohr on finding God in the depths of silence. ...

Pope Benedict XVI Leaves Office, Promises ‘Obedience’ to Successor
Originally Posted: 02/28/2013 - 8:07pm | Type: Blog

The papacy of Benedict XVI came to a quiet end at 8 p.m. on Thursday, making him the first pope in 600 years to voluntarily leave office. VATICAN CITY — The papacy of Benedict XVI ...

Housework, Hookups, and St. Gregory of Nyssa
Originally Posted: 02/28/2013 - 1:51pm | Type: Blog

This past year, I’ve been working out of my house, something like a stay-at-home dad, what with the after-school hours and school holidays and such. ... What I have discovered, in all this mess, is that I am a ...

Vatican Intrigue Is Age-Old Part of Papal Politics
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:20pm | Type: Blog

Vatican experts say if you think the world’s largest nongovernmental institution is in unprecedented chaos right now, think again. The Vatican appears rocked by scandalous rumors ...

Pope Benedict Defends Choice to Resign in Last Public Address
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

In his final public address, Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday forcefully defended his decision to resign while trying to reassure Catholics still reeling from the shock of his unprecedented move. ...

What Pope Benedict XVI Shares With His Notorious Namesake
Originally Posted: 02/27/2013 - 11:30am | Type: Blog

You won’t find many Catholic churches named after Pope Benedict IX. You won’t find many Catholic churches named after Pope Benedict IX. Benedict IX squandered the papacy’s ...

On Scripture: How to Survive the Sequester, Syria, and Other Threatening Headlines
Originally Posted: 02/27/2013 - 7:54am | Type: Blog

Current events, like much about our lives, frequently leave us hopeless, fearful, and uncertain. Religious faith isn’t a matter of wishing away these experiences; it involves perceiving God in the midst of our ...

Sorry To Burst Your Bubble
Originally Posted: 02/27/2013 - 7:40am | Type: Blog

The bubble I see bursting is establishment Christianity in America. It is bursting ever so slowly, even as millions of people still find life, meaning, safety, and structure inside. ...

'Unexpected Gifts' of Community
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

“Stepping into community is far riskier than expected. It’s far worse than you expect it to be. But in the end, it’s far better than you could ever imagine.” I’ve been asked sev ...

Benedict Will Be ‘Pope Emeritus’ After Resignation
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

Pope Benedict XVI will be known as “Pope Emeritus” after his retirement on Feb. 28, and will continue to wear white vestments, the Vatican announced on Tuesday. VATICAN CITY — P ...

SNL’s 'DJesus Uncrossed,' Mark Driscoll, and the American Worship of Satan
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

To the accusation that a nonviolent Jesus is a projection of my own wussy imagination: That is false and, in fact, the reverse is true – a violent Jesus is a god made in our own image. ...

Venting and Vetting: The Brutal Side of Papal Politics
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

From champion of married priests to disgraced churchman within 72 hours, O’Brien’s trajectory is stunning but also emblematic of the frenetic and fever-pitched campaigning that occurs during the tiny window be ...

Why You Should Pray Like a Six-Year-Old Boy
Originally Posted: 02/25/2013 - 4:57pm | Type: Blog

It’s hard to over-emphasize the importance of honesty with God in our prayers. Stifling that honesty in ourselves or in our children by demanding that he or she pray for world peace instead of an awesome Chris ...

A Lenten Commitment to Give Up the Fear of Failure
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

What if we, as a Lenten discipline, make a commitment to give up the fear of failure — for such fears are too often personally devastating and publicly debilitating if left ignored or unresolved? ...

Take This Cup — For Real, TAKE It
Originally Posted: 02/22/2013 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

So you’ve heard the flu shot is somewhat ineffective this year, and, though you have a normal immune system, you don't want to take the Eucharist from a common chalice. Part of me kind of wants to slap yo ...

Christianity Is Not a Club
Originally Posted: 02/22/2013 - 1:39pm | Type: Blog

The Gospel is public truth, available to everyone, that reveals to all flesh who it is who rules all things by love, who holds all things in the grip of grace, who is making all things new by Christ's res ...

Vatican Mulling Changes to Election of New Pope
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:34pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican on Wednesday confirmed that Pope Benedict XVI is considering changes to church law regulating the election of a new pope, but stopped short of saying whether voting could start earlier than current ...

The Art of Slowing Down (And The Wisdom of Louis Armstrong)
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

This world. It’s so beautiful. And every day, we have the opportunity to relish it. How many days are spent checking off to-do-list items on the backs of receipts? Why do we think we’re so busy all the time? W ...

Into the Shadows: The Origins of Hell and Satan (Part 2 of 2)
Originally Posted: 02/21/2013 - 9:45am | Type: Blog

In Old Testament scripture, the resting place for the dead is called Sheol. While some believe this is the same as hell, there are indications to the contrary. In the ancient Jewish tradition, Sheol is a place ...

Satan and Hell: A Brief History (Part 1 of 2)
Originally Posted: 02/20/2013 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

We can argue day and night about whether fear-based theology is effective, biblically accurate, or even necessary. But it’s worthwhile to consider where our contemporary ideas about hell and Satan even come fr ...

Who Runs the Vatican After the Pope Steps Down?
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

As of 8 p.m. on Feb. 28, Pope Benedict XVI will no longer be pope and the Vatican will go into “sede vacante” mode — a Latin expression that means that the seat of St. Peter is vacant. So who’s in charge until ...

Conservatives Vent Disappointment Over Benedict’s Papacy
Originally Posted: 02/19/2013 - 9:31am | Type: Blog

When Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected Pope Benedict XVI in 2005, the surprising choice cast a pall over the liberal wing of the flock and left conservatives giddy with the prospect of total victory. ...

Why the Next Pope Should Come from the Global South
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 3:22pm | Type: Blog

As the 117 Roman Catholic cardinals walk into the Sistine Chapel next month for the election of a new pope, one hopes that they fully recognize the unfolding, dramatic pilgrimage of world Christianity: The dem ...

All Eyes on Texas, S.C. Church Property Fights
Originally Posted: 02/18/2013 - 4:17pm | Type: Blog

When disgruntled congregations have left hierarchical denominations such as the Episcopal Church, they’ve often lost property battles as civil courts ruled buildings and land are not theirs to keep. ...

'Memento Mori' and Living Today to the Fullest
Originally Posted: 02/18/2013 - 2:11pm | Type: Blog

The Memento mori ("remember you will die") of Ash Wednesday and of a Holy Lent is not a macabre, dark, or morbid reminder. It is our wake up call to live fully in the moment, to live *today* to its f ...

When Spouses Lose Faith, Sticking Together is Hard
Originally Posted: 02/15/2013 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

Many other partners either split up or continue their holy wars. Often, the believer eventually follows the nonbelieving spouse out the church door. SALT LAKE CITY — For years, Ma ...

'Relevance Is Not Enough- Anne Marie Roderick / Sojourners Magazine- February 2013
Originally Posted: 02/15/2013 - 3:22pm | Type: Press

February 14, 2013 Sojo in the News Anne Marie Roderick ...

Why the Next Pope Should Be a Poor Woman of Color
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:38pm | Type: Blog

Who better to embody the Christ-like compassionate suffering alongside the poor than one who knows the experience first-hand? For the first time in six centuries, the head of the ...

The Only Way Out is Through (A Lenten Reflection)
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 2:55pm | 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 - 1:28pm | 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 - 2:40pm | 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 - 9:29am | 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 - 2:41pm | 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 - 3:52pm | 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 - 2:41pm | 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 - 4:34pm | 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 - 2:42pm | 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 - 9:54am | 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 - 2:43pm | 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 - 9:27am | 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 - 2:53pm | 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 - 4:31pm | 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 - 3:06pm | 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 - 5:29pm | 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 ...