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Learning How to Live Well
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

Sometimes we have to get out of the way and let the Spirit do his thing — that requires intentionality. Other times we’ll have to choose to love or choose to forgive or choose to speak the truth, and as we con ...

Imitation of Christ: Thomas a Kempis, Love and Learnin'
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 8:56am | Type: Blog

"Nothing is sweeter than love, nothing stronger, nothing higher, nothing wider, nothing more pleasant, nothing fuller or better in heaven or earth; for love is born of God, and can rest only in God above ...

Going Easy On The Church
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 10:18am | Type: Blog

Widening the already vast chasms created by the culture wars won’t heal deep wounds in the body. As we have faithfully argue, our God and our interpretations of the Bible ought to make church a wide and wonder ...

Walking in Ruby's Shoes
Originally Posted: 07/24/2012 - 2:09pm | Type: Blog

From the first day of school until the last, our watchword is, "We use words to build up instead of tear down. We use words to help and not to hurt." Even my former students can recite this word for ...

Church Sign Epic Fails, Christian T-Shirt Edition
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 12:32pm | Type: Blog

Thought I’d mix it up a little bit, especially since I’ve seen so many remarkable Christian themed T-shirts. And if you go out and buy one of these after seeing this, even as an ironic statement, so help me… ...

A Dialogue about Dialogue
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 8:28am | Type: Blog

A friend of mine once said, “a true and genuine dialogue only takes place when each person is willing to be ‘converted’ to the other side of the argument.” At first I was skeptical of this remark, as I wondere ...

New Report Examines Beliefs of Asian-Americans
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 8:56am | Type: Blog

The most comprehensive study of religion and Asian-Americans to date finds them less religious than most Americans, but also far more religiously diverse. Within that diversity, however, researchers discovere ...

Mormons and Baptists Compete for Converts
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 5:08pm | Type: Blog

Every year, the Southern Baptist Convention and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spend tens of millions of dollars to spread their takes on Christianity. They rely heavily on thousands of faithf ...

Foremost Rabbinic Authority in the World Dies at 102
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 9:39am | Type: Blog

Rabbi Yosef Elyashiv, considered by many the foremost rabbinic authority in the Jewish world, died in Jerusalem on Wednesday. He was 102. JERUSALEM — Rabbi Yosef Elyashiv, conside ...

Amid Political Battle, Catholic Bishops Promote Natural Family Planning
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 9:36am | Type: Blog

Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, then, may provide a window into a church teaching that is helping to drive the most serious standoff between the church and the federal government in decades. ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 19, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 9:40am | Type: Blog

Five guys + one piano --- photo project helping battered women --- The Mirror, a short film on aging --- wine glasses with pitch indicators --- comedians read starting line up at Chicago Cubs game --- cats and ...

Pennsylvania Atheist Threatens to Desecrate Quran Over State Bill
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 9:38am | Type: Blog

The director of the Pennsylvania chapter of American Atheists says he will desecrate the Quran if the state House of Representatives doesn't drop a "Year of Religious Diversity" resolution. ...

Top 10 Reasons Why Christians Like Top 10 Lists about Christians
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 1:03pm | Type: SojoMail

July 19, 2012   GUEST COMMENTARY by Christian Piatt Top 10 ...

What Are Our Foundations of Morality?
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

During this election time, we have come to expect the rhetoric to replace reason and civility is a term that has no place in our discourses. Our disagreements are often not cognitive disagreements, but differe ...

Trapped in Your Own Story: Salome, Herod and John the Baptist
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 12:26pm | Type: Blog

Herod was trapped in his own story and it feels to me like it’s a story that tortured him, one from which he felt there was no escape. When our own little stories begin to feel self-contained and inescapable, ...

Top 10 Reasons Why Christians Like Top 10 Lists about Christians
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 9:57am | Type: Blog

No, this is not some new Charlie Kauffman movie that folds in on itself, creating a perpetual feedback loop. I’m serious; Christians love Top 10 Lists. No wonder Moses did only 10 commandments. ...

Is Alabama Shrine the Next Catholic Pilgrimage Site?
Originally Posted: 07/18/2012 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Could a Virgin Mary statue under a pine tree in the middle of a cow pasture in rural Alabama one day become an officially recognized international pilgrimage site of the Roman Catholic Churc ...

Despite Doubters, Mainline Protestant Churches Poised for Success
Originally Posted: 07/17/2012 - 5:17pm | Type: Blog

Commentators see decisions they don't like — such as the Episcopal Church's recent endorsement of a rite for blessing same-sex unions. They see declines in church membership. They pounce. ...

President of Women Religious Responds to Vatican on Fresh Air
Originally Posted: 07/17/2012 - 4:17pm | Type: Blog

Today on WHYY’s Fresh Air, Sister Farrell talks with Terry Gross about how to deal with conflict. She tells Gross that as the sisters prepare for the national assembly in August, they are busy dialoging and ga ...

Music, Higgs Boson, and Feud
Originally Posted: 07/17/2012 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

Someone somewhere suggested that the recent discovery of the Higgs Boson particle renewed the ongoing feud between science and religion. I want to frame this a bit. You know science and religion cannot feud, r ...

Helping Churches Die Right
Originally Posted: 07/17/2012 - 1:34pm | Type: Blog

We have much invested in our communities of faith: in the facilities; the history; the relationship and the vision for what they could be. But these can’t stand in the way of living out the call to selflessly ...

A Higgs Boson Walks Into a Church ...
Originally Posted: 07/16/2012 - 1:37pm | Type: Blog

Thanks to Steve Knight for alerting me to this joke, which has become one of my instant favorites. After all, it combines two things I dig: nerd humor and theology (also nerdy). ...

Can Christianity Be Saved? A Response to Ross Douthat
Originally Posted: 07/16/2012 - 1:28pm | Type: Blog

points out that the Episcopal Church has declined 23% in the last decade, identifying the loss as a sign ...

What the Numbers Say About Losing Our Religion
Originally Posted: 07/16/2012 - 5:43pm | Type: Blog

Among the list of U.S. institutions—banks, the medical system, the U.S. Supreme Court, Congress—where would you pin organized religion? Among the list of U.S. institutions—banks, ...

Losing the Mainline Mojo?
Originally Posted: 07/16/2012 - 12:05pm | Type: Blog

Is the Mainline Liberal Church in decline? Numerically, sure. Absolutely. But what this means, I cannot say. Is the Mainline Liberal Church in decline? Numerically, sure. Absolute ...

Five ‘Christian Parenting’ Ideas To Let Go Of
Originally Posted: 07/13/2012 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

Here are five habits, often attributed to “Christian parenting” values, that I’d just as soon replace with something new. I was invited by Paul, my editor at Huffington Post, to w ...

VIDEO: But You Know the Way for Me
Originally Posted: 12/07/2012 - 12:49pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey A Taizé song in Lakota. In the August 2012 article " Come Together and Listen ," ...

Why Am I a Christian?
Originally Posted: 07/13/2012 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

So in so much as I understand God to be the pervasive presence and expression of love in the universe, and in so much as I understand Jesus to be the most perfect embodiment of that love in the world, I believ ...

Learning From (Dis)ability
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

What I didn’t realize was how much writing this book – eventually titled Amazing Gifts: Stories of Faith, Disability and Inclusion– would change my own life and the way I see and interact with people with disa ...

Jesus’ Invitation to the Discipline of “Wasting Time”
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 3:27pm | Type: Blog

There is an element of lingering inherent with submerging. It is a willingness to be present to the point of feeling like we are wasting time, when in reality we are leaving ourselves open to be used by the Sp ...

A Spirituality of Privacy
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

In some ways the distinction between a “private” spirituality and our public face is an artificial one, and at our best these two aspects of our being will be in harmonious synchronicity. ...

Church No More: Part 3 — The 'C' Word
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 11:51am | Type: Blog

I have a confession.(That's rich, right? A minister confessing.) I have a hard time telling people I'm a minister. Yes, really. I actually tend to handle it this way: ...

Provocative Art Put Catholic Nun in the Middle of 1960s Maelstrom
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

"Corita's art from the 1960s, which is based in advertising, has this great pop appeal to us today in our media-saturated culture,'' said Kathryn Wat of the National Museum of Women in the ...

Why the War on Christian Athletes Gesturing to God?
Originally Posted: 07/11/2012 - 4:22pm | Type: Blog

Why should religious leaders, of all people, turn their fire on celebrities who use their popularity for public proclamations of the Almighty's power? Why should religious le ...

Top Church Historian Diarmaid MacCulloch Sees Catholic Schism Ahead
Originally Posted: 07/11/2012 - 8:42am | Type: Blog

Influential church historian Diarmaid MacCulloch said he believes Christianity faces a bright future, but predicted the Roman Catholic Church will undergo a major schism over its moral and social teaching. ...

Opening Doors and Liberating Churches From ‘Sacred Spaces’
Originally Posted: 07/10/2012 - 5:13pm | Type: Blog

Although church conventions tend to get attention for decisions on sexuality and gender, I am more intrigued by a movement among Episcopalians to sell their national headquarters building in New York City. ...

Nine (Final) Christian Cliches to Avoid
Originally Posted: 07/10/2012 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

I have compiled a third (and most likely, final) list of cliches to avoid because, frankly, there were still so many worth noting that have yet to be addressed. I’ll offer a closing piece for this series tomor ...

Take From Me These Myths: A Prayer
Originally Posted: 07/10/2012 - 2:43pm | Type: Blog

Good and gracious God: Today, like the rest of the world, when I woke I wrapped myself in myths. They are comfortable and warming in what can seem like such a cold world. Yes, they are old and worn but they ...

Q & A: 'Atheism for Dummies'
Originally Posted: 07/10/2012 - 11:15am | Type: Blog

Dale McGowan is an author and executive director of Foundation Beyond Belie f, a nontheistic charitable organization. He was recently enlisted to write “Atheism for Dummies,” the first book about nontheists from the “Dummies” series of books. ...

Study: Pastors’ Concerns for Others May Harm Their Own Health
Originally Posted: 07/09/2012 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

created “ Spirited Life ,” a 23-month initiative that provides spiritual, physical and mental ...

Ten More Cliches Christians Should Avoid
Originally Posted: 10/26/2012 - 12:41pm | Type: Blog

After writing up my first list of Ten Cliches Christians Should Never Use , some folks wrote me with other suggestions. After simmering on it for a while, I came up with a second list of ten to supplement the first. And as there was some confu ...

The Hometown Blues
Originally Posted: 07/09/2012 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

Jesus had the blues. He had the hometown blues. So, rejected, he fled his hometown. Then he sent his apostles out into the world proclaiming peace, healing the sick and the lame, and prepared to face the sam ...

Theophony: A Theremin, a Yurt and a Band of Holy Fools
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 1:23pm | Type: Blog

At the 2011 Burning Man, pastor Phil Wyman and his merry band of "crazy friends" built an art installation called "The Pillars of the Saints" — three meditation towers constructed of wood i ...

A Personal Cross Responds to Its Progressive Critique
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 2:26pm | Type: Blog

Crosses as powerful symbols predate Christianity and are not the singular insignia of our faith. Some Christians prefer the fish to the cross as an identity marker for Jesus followers. I confess I simultaneous ...

QUIRK: Is Your Town Red or Blue?
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

We're not talking Republicans or Democrats; we're talking Church or Beer. A new map has divided the country into red and blue ... but this one has nothing do do with pol ...

Ten Cliches Christians Should Never Use
Originally Posted: 10/26/2012 - 12:43pm | Type: Blog

In no particular order, here are ten phrases Christians should lose with a quickness. We Christians have a remarkable talent for sticking our feet in our mouths. When searching th ...

Is Michelle Obama a 'Missional' Christian?
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 8:52am | Type: Blog

Many black churches have done a better job of keeping a holistic, Monday-through-Saturday focus on their mission than some of their white counterparts. There is a lot to learn when we take the time to look at ...

The Paddle Out: Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Originally Posted: 07/05/2012 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

We were not alone out there, bobbing up and down on our boards in the sea. Surely the Spirit of the Lord was in this place. And Mark was there, too, along with those who have gone before us into Eternity, in t ...

Sin and Chewing Gum
Originally Posted: 07/05/2012 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

What drives so many people to atheism is not selfishness or hedonism, but the experience of abandonment in the face of suffering, grief, and injustice. Yesterday, I was walking th ...

Family Comes First for Fast-Growing Jehovah’s Witnesses
Originally Posted: 07/04/2012 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

Jehovah's Witnesses now have more than 1.1 million U.S. members and are one of the country's fastest-growing denominations, with personal evangelism required of all members. ...