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The Jesuit Jester
Originally Posted: 11/17/2011 - 5:59pm | Type: Blog

Father Jim Martin is a Jesuit priest, a prolific author, and official chaplain of The Colbert Nation. He's also one of the funniest guys we know — and Lord, can he tell a joke! ...

Do We Get Pleasure From Sharing Our Pain?
Originally Posted: 11/14/2011 - 12:36pm | Type: Blog

This is true of any bad news, really. When I feel sick. When I don’t get my way. When I’ve had a bad day. You name it. If it’s negative, then I look forward to sharing it. I don’t mean to; I just do.I sense th ...

Love and Marriage: A Kardashian Cautionary Tale
Originally Posted: 11/24/2011 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

It’s tempting for us to scoff at Kris and Kim’s downfall, but the reality is that their marriage failed at least in part because of our society’s views of nuptial bliss. That makes us all implicitly responsibl ...

A New Matthew 25 Hymn: "O God, We Yearn For Safety"
Originally Posted: 11/11/2011 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

This Sunday’s lectionary gospel is Jesus’ Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30). The following new hymn affirms that Jesus’ parable calls us to faithfulness even when it involves risk and challenge today. ...

Dr. Billy Graham at 93: "The Father's Love," This Child's Gratitude
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 11:59pm | Type: Blog

As Billy Graham marks the beginning of his 94th year walking among us, Cathleen Falsani gives thanks for his clear, grace-filled Gospel message -- and for the unfailing love of the Father. ...

A Peacemakers Litany
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

Gracious Lord, Gracious Lord, We dream of a world free of poverty and oppression, we yearn for a world free of vengeance and violence, and a nation -- America -- that ...

Why How We Do Anything Means Everything
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

How helps us understand that principled behavior isn't merely something a PR/Corporate Social Responsibility staff or attorneys tell us is important. Rather it is the surest path to success and relevance ...

"Hole-y" Bible Gets a Digital Makeover
Originally Posted: 11/02/2011 - 8:54am | Type: Blog

This morning, as I caught up on what had been going on in the world over the weekend, I stumbled across a very interesting resource -- a website that compares the frequency with which words appear in ...

How to Read the Bible
Originally Posted: 10/17/2011 - 2:06pm | Type: Magazine Article

Walter Brueggemann Ten books on the shelf of one of our most respected biblical scholars. New Favorites ...

Bridging the Bible Gap
Originally Posted: 10/12/2011 - 12:00pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jewel Gingerich Longenecker Seminaries train pastors on how to read the Bible. But those tools often don't reach people in the pews. ...

Practice, Practice, Practice
Originally Posted: 10/17/2011 - 2:08pm | Type: Magazine Article

Betsy Shirley How to deepen our spirituality, one step at a time. SENSING HER spiritual life is lacking a ...

Action Heroes
Originally Posted: 10/17/2011 - 2:08pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter When spurred on by God and conscience, there's no telling what trouble you might get into. A ...

With the Eyes of Our Hearts
Originally Posted: 12/05/2011 - 11:14am | Type: Magazine Article

Psalm 95:1-7a; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46 Power brings responsibility. Whenever we find ...

Reformation Day and You(2): Reformed and Always Reforming
Originally Posted: 11/01/2011 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

ya." Reformation Sunday's lectionary this year is from Matthew 23. It's a powerful text ...

Wallis and Mohler Debate Social Justice and the Gospel
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled ... passages: Act 10:42 , Act 14:7, Romans 1:15, Romans 10:15, Romans 15:20, 1Cor 1:17, 1Cor 1:21, 1Cor 1:23 ... Romans 15:20, 1Cor 1:17, 1Cor 1:21, 1Cor 1:23, 1Cor 9:16, 1Cor 15:11, Act 10:42, Act 14:7, Gal 1:16, Eph ...

The "Atonement-Only" Gospel
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

I really enjoyed the "debate" I had Thursday night with Al Mohler , president of Southern Baptist Seminary, at my own seminary alma mater, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in the northern suburb ...

Halloween and Jesus: A Reconciliation in the Dark
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 8:06am | Type: Blog

Two years ago, my then 10-year-old son celebrated his first Halloween. He'd arrived in the United States from Africa just a few months before, and as far as we could discern no such Oct. 31 holiday exists ...

Rule No. 1 of Interfaith Relations: Faith is Required
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

I know that effective blog posts require some kind of news hook to get people interested, so, take your pick: Nearly two weeks ago, 24 Copts died in Egypt. I know that effective ...

Sermon on the Worst Parable Ever
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

(2) He lived in perfect obedience to the law Jn 8:46 Mt 17:5 1Pet 2:21-23. (3) he was a minister ...

Makoto Fujimura answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 10:52pm | Type: Blog

“Evangelical” is a dirty word in the New York art world. A friend, an artist, told me that before she understood the claims of the Bible, she thought Christianity was a weird political group, and evangelicals ...

Of Traffic and Tee Times: The Grace of Unexpected Community
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

The things you do for your children. Or rather, the things you unwittingly do for yourself. It was an early autumn Thursday afternoon, four days after the ten-year anniversary of September 11, 4:25 p.m. If ...

Cold, Broken or Grumbled, Every Hallelujah Counts
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

As I lay on the kitchen floor -- my body rocking with sobs, my mouth telling my husband, "I hate my life" -- it never occurred to me to pick up the phone and call a friend. To tell someone about the ...

Luci Shaw answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 10:33pm | Type: Blog

I wonder if the Lord God abhors labels as much as I do. I wonder if the Lord God abhors labels as much as I do. Somehow we human beings need to group and categorize pe ...

Kevin Palau answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 10:32pm | Type: Blog

"Although Portland is hardly the only place where evangelical Christianity is evolving (and making new friends in the process), there is little doubt that evangelicals here are on the front-end of a d ...

Crime, Forgiveness and Retributive Justice: A God's Politics Interview with Naseem Rakha
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

An eye for an eye, a life for a life. This is one way -- based, some argue, in scripture and biblical ethics -- that proponents of capital punishment justify the death penalty. ...

Paradigm Shift
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

Autumn mornings -- when the cool rain is hitting the tin roof and the breezes blow with enough swagger to make the trees bow in admiration -- remind me of when my second daughter was born and after we ...

An Oldie but a Goodie
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 6:17am | Type: Blog

This poster originally appeared in the inaugural issue of The Post-American magazine in the fall of 1971. The Post-American was the original name of Sojourners Magazine. ...

#OccupyWallStreet: A Digital Hootenanny
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 7:53am | Type: Blog

In the squares of the city, In the shadow of a steeple; By the relief office, I'd seen my people. As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking, Is this land made for you and me? ...

Yoga Sabbath: Shabbat Shal-OM.
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

What can you learn from an Israeli Hindu-monk-in-training about peace? As Palestine makes a bid for nationhood status at the United Nations, and Israel and the United States. do what they can to block it, I think back to May 2010, when I wa ...

David Vanderveen answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 10:29pm | Type: Blog

The most important thing we evangelicals have to learn from Buechner is honesty. "The most important thing we evangelicals have to learn from Buechner is honesty. His books ...

Meet Lily -- The Hunger Awareness Muppet
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 7:10am | Type: Blog

This Sunday (Oct. 9) , Sesame Street will introduce a brand-new Muppet character — a magenta-faced, impoverished 7-year-old named Lily who represents one of the 17-million Americans who struggle daily with hun ...

WAR NO MORE
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 8:16am | Type: Blog

This Friday, October 7, 2011, marks 10 years since the United States invaded Afghanistan in the name of the "War on Terror." Sadly, this summer President Obama announced he'll continue our milit ...

The Gospel Should Be Offensive
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 8:53am | Type: Blog

Before Jesus was born, his mother Mary predicted that he would offend some people. In the Magnificat she sang: "He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the pow ...

St. Francis, Pray for Us
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 8:08am | Type: Blog

Today (Oct. 4) Christians around the world celebrate the life of St. Francis of Assisi, one of the bright lights of the church and one of the most venerated religious figures in history. ...

Randall Balmer answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 10:28pm | Type: Blog

The puzzle here is not that readers of the Bible would tilt toward the political left. That, for me, as well as for thousands of other American evangelicals, is self-evident. ...

A Hymn for Blessing the Animals: "O God, Your Creatures Fill the Earth"
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

This weekend and on St. Francis Day (Oct. 4) some churches are having services for the blessing of animals. This weekend and on St. Francis Day (Oct. 4) some churches are ...

A Memoir in Six Words: What Would Yours Say?
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

In teaching my students the concept of a thesis the other day -- trying to convey that a thesis not just a sentence but rather an overarching statement of what the whole paper will be about -- it occu ...

"Pay It Forward": Excerpt from BELIEBER!: Fame, Faith & the Heart of Justin Bieber
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

The idea behind my new book BELIEBER!: Fame, Faith and The Heart of Justin Bieber was to peel back the veneer of celebrity and take a closer look at Justin as a person and as a cultural phenomenon ...

Evening Links of Awesomeness: Banned Books Edition
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

HUZZAH! IT'S BANNED BOOK WEEK! HUZZAH! IT'S BANNED BOOK WEEK! If you're anything like us, you've probably been too busy to read much of anyth ...

CNN, Jesus and Justin Bieber
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

I must admit, I was skeptical. Justin Bieber and Jesus -- at least not together -- weren't exactly on my radar. I must admit, I was skeptical. Justin Bieber and J ...

WAR NO MORE
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

TEN YEARS. THOUSANDS OF LIVES. BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. TEN YEARS. THOUSANDS OF LIVES. BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. Next Friday, October 7, 2011, marks 10 ye ...

Must Read: Mother of Amish Massacre Shooter Caring for His Paralyzed Victim
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Today Religion News Service reporter Daniel Burke has an absolutely stellar, exclusive interview with Terri Roberts, the mother of Charles Carl "Charlie" Roberts IV, who, on Oct. ...

Defining "Evangelicals" in an Election Year: What is an evangelical?
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 10:57pm | Type: Blog

Here we go again. Presidential elections are coming and the role of "the evangelicals" is predictably becoming a hot political story. Here we go again. Presidential elec ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Food Edition
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Apples Apples Ok, well, Apple (singular) to be more precise. Ever wondered what Steve Jobs' favorite gelato flavor might be? Yeah, us neither. But someone went unde ...

Today's News Round-up
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Statistics found the proportion who said they were not religious rose from 20.5% in 2010 to 23 ...

Today's News Round-up
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Dead Sea Scrolls go digital Dead Sea Scrolls go digital The Dead Sea scrolls, 2,000 parchment and papyrus copies of 974 biblical texts, have been pixilated f ...

Church: Socks Are Optional but Grace is Required
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

September 18 was National Back to Church Sunday. It's OK. I missed it, too. September 18 was National Back to Church Sunday. It's OK. I missed it, too. ...

Life: Interrupted
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

I've come to believe that one aspect of maturity is the ability to see life's interruptions not as interruptions but as necessary events and journeys. If we think of the unexpected as an interrupt ...

Today's News Round-up
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Evangelical author nears the end of her "biblical year" From making her own clothes to praising her husband at the city gate to sleeping outside in a tent for the duration of her period, Rachel Held ...

Western Christians Should Support a Palestinian Statehood
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Late last week Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke at the United Nations to request an official recognition of Palestine as an independent state with full statehood status at the UN. ...