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The Fallacy of Statements of Faith
Originally Posted: 06/19/2012 - 9:10am | Type: Blog

I appreciate that some folks want to be very explicit and clear about what they believe. ... But personally, I think the whole “sign the statement of faith” thing is more or less pointless. ...

American Nuns Call Vatican Talks ‘Difficult’
Originally Posted: 06/19/2012 - 8:10am | Type: Blog

Relations between the Vatican and the American nuns who are under investigation seem to be worsening after the sisters said on June 18 that initial discussions with Rome about a resolution to their standoff we ...

Evangelical Group Proposes Code of Ethics for Pastors
Originally Posted: 06/18/2012 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

The National Association of Evangelicals is urging pastors to seek a common moral ground by uniting under a consistent code of ethics. NAE leaders said the new code  will provide uniform guidance to church leaders across the 40 denominations t ...

The Community of Fatherhood
Originally Posted: 06/16/2012 - 9:47am | Type: Blog

Those of us who are so blessed must commit to be those examples for everyone in all our communities. It takes us all sharing who we are and what we know with others. Being a fath ...

Public Service: Where Politics Meets Faith
Originally Posted: 06/18/2012 - 2:04pm | Type: Blog

The example of public service and the principles of stewardship and goodwill that my father carries became some of the most important things that contributed to the way I view our world and the way I treat our ...

Catholic Bishops Told to Follow Their Own Policies Against Sexual Abuse
Originally Posted: 06/14/2012 - 8:27am | Type: Blog

Amid continuing headlines about cover-ups of child abuse in the Catholic Church, an oversight board of lay Catholics on June 13 warned the nation’s bishops that they must follow their own policies against abus ...

Southern Baptists Poised to Elect First Black President
Originally Posted: 06/13/2012 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

With the Southern Baptist Convention poised to elect its first African-American president at its meeting next week in New Orleans, the mostly black congregation at Colonial Baptist Church is equal parts excite ...

The Minister's Treehouse
Originally Posted: 06/13/2012 - 1:13pm | Type: Blog

God told Noah to build an ark, and God told Horace to build a tree house. That’s pretty much how this story goes. God told Noah to build an ark, and God told Horace to build a tre ...

In ‘Cordial’ Dialogue, Vatican Asserts Control Over U.S. Nuns
Originally Posted: 06/13/2012 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

Leaders of an umbrella group that represents the majority of U.S. nuns met with top Vatican doctrinal officials on June 12 in an atmosphere of “openness and cordiality,” according to a Vatican statement. ...

Rooting for Tiger Woods Now More Than Ever
Originally Posted: 06/13/2012 - 8:27am | Type: Blog

But shouldn’t we be the first ones to come alongside those who have fallen to show mercy, love, grace and compassion? Of all people in this world, shouldn’t Christians always root for restoration? ...

QUIRK: It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's ... Super Saints?
Originally Posted: 06/13/2012 - 6:48am | Type: Blog

Italian artist Igor Scalisi Palminteri is fascinated by religion — and superheroes, apparently. In a series of statuary called "Agiographie," Palminteri reimangines traditional images of Jesus, the H ...

Sister Simone Campbell Schools Colbert on the Social Gospel
Originally Posted: 06/12/2012 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

NETWORK's Executive Director Sister Simone Campbell responds to the Vatican's "radical feminist" charges, and Stephen learns how to get into heaven. "Amer ...

Church No More: Part 1 — Walking Away From Church
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

This minister is walking away from church — well, at least for the next three months. I'm rewriting the old African-American spiritual “Down By the Riverside.” (Don't ...

Former USCIRF Staffer Charges Muslim Bias
Originally Posted: 06/12/2012 - 9:36am | Type: Blog

A former staffer of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has filed suit against the watchdog agency, saying that it rescinded a job offer because she is Muslim and had worked for a Muslim adv ...

Adam, Eve and That Damned Snake
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 11:48am | Type: Blog

Because now, according to this version of what the story is about, every person born after that inherited original sin from Eve. That’s right. Eve messed it up for everyone by eating some piece of fruit God to ...

Crystal Cathedral to Move to Smaller Catholic Church
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

In a building swap, the Crystal Cathedral has announced it will move its congregation to a smaller Roman Catholic church after the iconic Protestant megachurch was sold to the Catholic Diocese of Orange, Calif ...

Anne Lamott's Commencement Speech at U.C. Berkely: 'You Are Not Your Bank Account ... You Are Spirit.'
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 3:10pm | Type: Blog

Author Anne Lamott, one of our favorite Jesus-loving subversives, recently delivered the undergraduate and interdisciplinary studies commencement address at the University of California at Berkeley. ...

Franciscan Friars Back American Nuns in Vatican Spat
Originally Posted: 06/07/2012 - 3:43pm | Type: Blog

Leaders from the seven Franciscan provinces in the U.S. publicly backed a group of American nuns on Thursday (June 7), calling a Vatican crackdown on the women “excessive.” The br ...

10 Years After Catholic Sex Abuse Reforms, What’s Changed?
Originally Posted: 06/07/2012 - 9:12am | Type: Blog

When the nation’s Catholic bishops gather in Atlanta next week (June 13-15) for their annual spring meeting, a top agenda item will be assessing the reforms they adopted 10 years ago as revelations of widespre ...

Missional Church: A Paper Revolution
Originally Posted: 06/06/2012 - 3:12pm | Type: Blog

Sometimes we want to believe that a new ad campaign, worship service or big, expensive mission trip will give us the charge we need to turn things around in the church. But what if the real revolutions take pl ...

Hell and Mr. Fudge
Originally Posted: 06/06/2012 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

A new film, 'Hell and Mr. Fudge', compresses the events of the years when Edward Fudge, now a Houston-based lawyer and internationally known Bible teacher and author, began an intensive study of the ...

Becoming Unglued (In a Good Way)
Originally Posted: 06/05/2012 - 3:42pm | Type: Blog

What matters is human ingenuity. Allow people a window of freedom, and they will fly through it. SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. --- Like many air travelers, I have learned to expect the w ...

Young Snake Handlers Grasp the Power of Faith
Originally Posted: 06/05/2012 - 3:34pm | Type: Blog

Hamblin, 21, pastor of Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette, Tenn., is part of a new generation of serpent-handling Christians who are revitalizing a century-old faith tradition in Tennessee. ...

Rebel Nuns: When the Faithful Stop Obeying
Originally Posted: 06/05/2012 - 12:33pm | Type: Blog

It seems the Sisters of North America are calling the Vatican out. When criticized by Vatican officials for taking a position too far left of center on a number of social issues, the Leadership Conference of W ...

What’s at Stake in Pope Benedict XVI’s Visit to Philadelphia
Originally Posted: 06/05/2012 - 9:49am | Type: Blog

Nearly lost amid ongoing reports about the Vatican leaks scandal, Rome’s battle with American nuns, the American bishops’ battle for religious freedom, and the priest on trial in Philadelphia, was the news tha ...

Vatican ‘Moles’ Say Pope’s Butler Didn’t Act Alone, Vow More Leaks
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 3:57pm | Type: Blog

Despite the arrest of Pope Benedict XVI's butler two weeks ago, leaks of confidential documents continue to dribble out of the Vatican as “moles” vow to continue their action until the pope's two clo ...

Vatican Censors Nun’s Book on Sexual Ethics
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 3:32pm | Type: Blog

A long-simmering conflict between the Vatican and American nuns erupted again on June 4 when the Vatican's doctrinal office issued a scathing critique of a popular book on sexual ethics by Sister Margaret ...

The Nuns Who Once Taught the Bishops Aren’t Done Yet
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

When publicly reprimanded by some of the most powerful men in the Vatican, one is expected to respond, "Yes, Your Excellencies. Very sorry, your Excellencies.” American nuns are trying something different ...

Mourning 2.0
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

This is Mourning 2.0. Technological advances have dramatically altered how we grieve for and memorialize the dead.In this new era, the bereaved readily share their sorrow via Facebook comments. They light virt ...

Biblical Add-Ons, Edits & Agendas: A Challenge to Literalism?
Originally Posted: 06/03/2012 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

Can those who don’t interpret scripture literally use the Bible as a bludgeon against others? Of course. But the inherent lack of room for discussion, critical thought, nuance or even alternate views within th ...

Church of the Laptop-Bound: Sunday June 3, 2012
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 6:59am | Type: Blog

Couldn't quite get yourself together to make it to church this weekend? We've got you covered. Here for you edification and instruction, are three good lessons in video and audio form, from pastors T ...

U.S. Nuns Rip Vatican Over 'Unsubstantiated Accusations'
Originally Posted: 06/01/2012 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

The unexpectedly strong pushback to the Vatican may be an indication of how much backlash the campaign has sparked among Catholics, who value the sisters’ longstanding ministry in education, health care and so ...

Renewal for the church
Originally Posted: 06/01/2012 - 3:36pm | Type: Blog

An interview with Sr. Pat Farrell, president of LCWR. After releasing its first public statement in response to Vatican criticism, Leadership Conference of Women Religious pre ...

Some Thoughts on the Holy Trinity
Originally Posted: 06/01/2012 - 11:59am | Type: Blog

Holy Trinity is not the most popular festival among preachers who, for all the other seasons and special days of the church year, normally get to dig into interesting gospel narratives. ...

Snake Handling, Stigmata and Testing God
Originally Posted: 06/01/2012 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

Faith is an orientation toward something rather than an arrival at it. Faith is a daily practice, not a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Yet we continue to try to define God, faith and the Bible on our own terms ...

The Face of Hate
Originally Posted: 05/22/2012 - 3:20pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joanie Eppinga Rebecca Barrett-Fox An interview by Joanie Eppinga with Rebecca Barrett ...

How to Proclaim Restoration
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 1:00pm | Type: Magazine Article

Andrew Wilkes Missional Preaching: Engage, Embrace, Transform, by Al Tizon. AL TIZON’S Missional Preaching ...

God's Passionate Vulnerability
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 3:05pm | Type: Magazine Article

[ June 24 ] Grace and Power 1 Samuel 17:57 - 18:5,10-16; Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32; 2 Corinthians ...

Malcolm X’s Pivotal Letter on Race at Center of Dispute Between Syracuse, Alex Haley’s Family
Originally Posted: 05/31/2012 - 3:23pm | Type: Blog

Sitting in his hotel room in Saudi Arabia in April 1964, civil rights activist Malcolm X penned a letter on hotel stationery to his friend and co-author, Alex Haley. Now, Haley’s son wants that letter back. ...

Snake Handling Pastor Dies of Snake Bite
Originally Posted: 05/31/2012 - 1:24pm | Type: Blog

Pastor Mack Wolford — an eccentric snake handler and Pentecostal minister — was bitten by a deadly rattle snake at an outdoor service (or “evangelistic hootenanny”) at Panther Wildlife Management Area in West ...

Idaho Bans ‘Five Wives’ Vodka Over Risque Label
Originally Posted: 05/31/2012 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

Idaho regulators have decided not to carry Five Wives Vodka because of its label, while Utah booze cops have deemed the bottle’s depiction of 19th-century women in petticoats holding kittens near their lady p ...

Deliver Us From Smugness
Originally Posted: 05/31/2012 - 6:59pm | Type: Blog

It is not the imperfection or presence of conflict themselves within the Communion of the Saints that too many of those who would not call themselves Christians find repellent. It is how the church deals with ...

Community of the Heart
Originally Posted: 05/30/2012 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

The Trinity is meant not only to tell us the truth about God but to invite us to live that truth — a truth revealed not in abstract theory but in the flesh and blood, the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus ...

'Spiritual-But-Not-Religious' Mecca Faces Midlife Crisis
Originally Posted: 05/30/2012 - 12:04pm | Type: Blog

BIG SUR, Calif. — Perched atop the rugged splendor of the California coast south of Monterey, the Esalen Institute is the mother church for people who call themselves “spiritual but not religious." Over the last five decades, hundreds of th ...

Vatican Official Calls Leaked Documents an ‘Immoral,' ‘Brutal’ Attack
Originally Posted: 05/30/2012 - 10:19am | Type: Blog

The Vatican's No. 3 official on Tuesday (May 29) condemned the theft and publication of secret papal documents as an “immoral act of unheard-of gravity.” The Vatican's ...

Atheists, Believers Both Do Good But for Different Reasons, Studies Say
Originally Posted: 05/29/2012 - 4:44pm | Type: Blog

Atheists and others who don’t adhere to a religion often say they can be good without God. Now, three new studies appear to back them up. BERKELEY, Calif. — Atheists and others w ...

Catholics Rally Around Nuns Amid Vatican Crackdown
Originally Posted: 05/29/2012 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

Catholics around the U.S. are coming together for prayer vigils as a show of support for America's nuns, whom the Vatican accuses of having "serious doctrinal problems." ...

Parents Take Teaching Hinduism Into Their Own Hands
Originally Posted: 05/29/2012 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

Children are usually the primary complainers about Sunday school, but when Mudita Bahadur started looking for excuses not to take her children to the Hindu temple on Sunday, she knew she had to make a change. ...

I'm a Fraud (and So Are You)
Originally Posted: 05/27/2012 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

I’m coming to terms with the realization that I’m a big, fat fake. But at least I’m in good company. I’m coming to terms with the realization that I’m a big, fat fake. But at lea ...

As Muslim Community Grows, Muslim Funerals Follow Suit
Originally Posted: 05/25/2012 - 10:16am | Type: Blog

As the Muslim population of the U.S. has grown -- the number of mosques grew 74 percent in the last 10 years, according to a 2011 survey -- so has the need for Muslim-specific services like funeral homes and c ...