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Science, Faith, and An Ongoing Conversation
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

Harry Emerson Fosdick was famous for lots of things, particularly the sermon "Shall The Fundamentalists Win?" which he preached on May 21, 1922. It was a call to arms of sorts within the church, enco ...

The Lower Lights — "A Hymn Revival Vol. II"
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

Break out the tambourines and rise up singing! A hymn revival is happening… again. Break out the tambourines and rise up singing! A hymn revival is happening … again. Back in 2 ...

Meet the Saint: Feast Day of St. Ignatius of Loyola
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 1:25pm | Type: Blog

Today marks the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Spanish founder of the Jesuits. View the video below to learn more about St. Ignatius from Fr. James Martin, SJ. Today marks t ...

I Love How History Repeats Itself
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 11:04am | Type: Blog

Okay... for all my friends out there. No, history does not repeat itself. Yes, history is a human construct. Okay... for all my friends out there. No, history does not repeat itse ...

Pennsylvania Pastor and Church Charged in Mock Raid, Kidnapping
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 4:17pm | Type: Blog

It was supposed to be a realistic lesson on the dangers missionaries sometimes face overseas. But after a mother’s complaint that her teen daughter was injured and terrorized during a mock terrorist kidnapping ...

Margot's Monday Minute: On Neighbors and Neighborliness
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 10:18am | Type: Blog

Neighbors and neighborliness. They're messy, surprising, and all of us. The Messiness Neighbored ...

Church Sign Epic Fails, Vol XXIV
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 9:32am | Type: Blog

For all you Arabic number snobs, that’s volume 24 of your favorite cringeworthy church signs. Order up!!! For all you Arabic number snobs, that’s volume 24 of your favorite cringe ...

All Sinners, All Saints, All Welcome
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 9:12am | Type: Blog

"I am a flawed person. I should not be allowed to be here talking to you. But you know what? That's the God we're dealing with, people." ~ Nadia Bolz-Weber to the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering ...

More Than Words
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 9:13am | Type: Blog

Here’s the challenge for those concerned with words in worship: Can we ever argue that it doesn’t matter what we say, as long as we say it properly? I don’t think so. “Words! Wor ...

Bible Museum Closes $50 million Deal for D.C. Location
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 8:20am | Type: Blog

Planners of a Bible museum in Washington, D.C., closed a $50 million deal late last week on a building two blocks from the National Mall. Planners of a Bible museum in Washing ...

Catholics Walk in the Foosteps of New Native American Saint
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 8:07am | Type: Blog

MOHAWK VALLEY, New York — Twelve-year-old Jake Finkbonner leaned over and ran his hand through a pool of water from a natural spring at the National Shrine of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, in Fonda, N.Y.. With th ...

Did the Devil Make Him Do It?
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 7:43am | Type: Blog

A Catholic priest has suggested that Satan may have driven accused killer James Holmes to open fire at a Colorado cinema, continuing the religious debate over a shooting that claimed 12 lives and wounded 58 mo ...

What Christians Mean When They Bless You
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Christians toss out blessings like beads at Mardi Gras. They get offered so often and in so many contexts that it’s hard to know what exactly it means. So I thought I’d break down at least some of the kinds of ...

Five Reasons Why Failure is Awesome
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

Here are some reasons I’ve decided that failure isn’t just inevitable or necessary, but that it’s actually kind of wonderful. When I was in preschool, I was insanely jealous of th ...

Between a Rock and a Hard Place in Today's Church
Originally Posted: 07/27/2012 - 12:36pm | Type: Blog

For those of us in lay or ordained leadership, the stress of trying to please everyone, or the difficulty of being honest about what we know really must change with people we truly love and admire, often sucks ...

British Hotel Replaces Bedside Bibles with ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’
Originally Posted: 07/27/2012 - 8:26am | Type: Blog

A hotel in the United Kingdom has replaced in-room Gideon Bibles with the soft-porn best-seller Fifty Shades of Grey. A hotel in the United Kingdom has replaced in-room Gideon Bib ...

Suffer the Little Children: Crime and Punishment at Penn State
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 2:10pm | Type: SojoMail

July 26, 2012 Suffer the Little Children: Crime and Punishment at Pe ...

Reconciling Faith and (Social) Science
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

Maybe we haven't all heard the thunder clap yet, but the lightning bolt struck a while ago. We are going to have to adjust our reading of the Bible to coincide with a modern scientific understanding of th ...

The Faith of Four U.S. Women Olympians
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

The 2012 Olympic games are approaching quickly. This Friday, over 10,000 athletes will gather in London to celebrate athleticism and competition in 26 sports. While the hype of an event like this may drive ath ...

On Lamentation
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

We cannot and will not lament our powerlessness. We need to learn how. You can search the internet and find post after post about the shootings in Aurora, Colo. Rightly so. We� ...

Clinging to Christ in Compounded Grief
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 1:09pm | Type: Blog

“It was like a scene out of a movie.” I’ve heard that phrase a few too many times in the past month. “It was like a scene out of a movie.” I’ve heard that phrase a few too ma ...

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 ...