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Mercy Not Sacrifice

Making Space in the Advent-Christmas Wars

Whatever else Advent is, it needs to create space. Some thoughts on singing Christmas carols (and generally being giddy) during Advent.

Breathing Room

The Advent of Discontent

Who was I to think that Christmas was about my happiness? It is about a light that the darkness cannot overcome. And if I’m willing, I can reflect that light.

Sarcastic Lutheran

The Slaughter of the Innnocents of Sandy Hook

God did not enter the world of our nostalgic silent-night, snow-blanketed peace-on-earth sugar cookie suspended-reality of Christmas. God slipped into the vulnerability of skin and entered a world as violent and disturbing as our own.

Marcus Borg

Has Christmas Been Swallowed by the Miraculous?

To those Christians who insist that the miraculous parts of the Christmas stories really happened, I gently and respectfully ask, “What is lost by letting go of that?”

Faith Forward

Praying Through Anger, Loving Through Racial Storms

I am learning to pray through the words of the great civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer who announced, “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

Unsystematic Theology

The Excessive Miracle of the Virgin Birth (and Should We Believe It?)

What does the idea of the virgin birth really mean? And, most controversially, should we really believe that the virgin birth actually happened?

Spiritual Direction 101

Praying Through Advent: Praying for Others

Want to give a really meaningful gift to someone this Christmas? Pray for them.


Three Lessons for America from Christian Bale's Moses

What if we were brave enough as a world leader to do the counterintuitive thing?


The Curious Case of the "Kick Ass" Messiah

There was no single Jewish expectation for the messiah at the time of Jesus. So let’s stop caricaturing Judaism. They were not paper puppets who unthinkingly hoped for a violent regime change.

Rachel Marie Stone

Talking with Kids about Death, God, and Christmas

Too often, I think, we tell stories about “the darndest things” that kids say in relation to Big Questions, without noticing the profundity of their deceptively simple insights.

Ellen Painter Dollar

Feel Like Everyone Wants a Piece of You?: A Guide for More Wholehearted Living for Moms

The core message of Wholehearted Living is that while our families and responsibilities will sometimes pull us in a million directions or make us feel that we've handed out so much of ourselves to other people that there's very little left for us, we can take a few minutes each day to nurture quiet and engage in meaningful reflection.

Seasons of the Church

Merry, Messy Christmas

Advent is a strange time of year. We look forward to the Christmas, the coming of Christ, and then when we get to Christmas, we remember what happened at Bethlehem. What is the point of this time of year? Are we just to remember what happened? Look back and say, “wish we could have been [Read More...]


Don’t Be A Peacekeeper

Make peace. Be at peace. But maybe it’s time to not keep peace. Don’t avoid conflict at all costs, just to keep the peace. Because what you lose is your soul. “People notice peacemakers because they dress funny. We know how the people who make war dress – in uniforms and medals, or in computers [Read More...]

What God Wants For Your Life

No Cause for Celebration: Taking the "Dave Test" During the Holidays

For many, this time of year brings no cause for celebration, but I'm convinced that there is reason for hope. I don’t believe that we need to navigate the holidays alone.

Emerging Voices

Transcend and Include: Or Why This Blog Space Should Not Deny Its History

The post-Christian/post-theist group Skeptimergent is no longer calling themselves Skeptimergent anymore. As of this writing, their closed Facebook group is now called SkeptiQuest. The description for the group no longer mentions any hyphenated connection to what once was Emergent Village. The only connection you might still find are blog posts here, where the Emergent Village [Read More...]

Progressive Christian Video Gallery

Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures Present "Unbroken"

Frank Schaeffer and Brian McLaren: Conversations about Change

John and Catherine Shore: NALT Christians

Brian McLaren on Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World

Video Courtesy: Jericho Books

Marcus Borg, Brian McLaren, Diana Butler Bass and Others on Progressive Christianity

Video Courtesy: Living the Questions

Beyond the Either/Or God with the Rev. Yvette Flunder

Stanley Hauerwas on Prayer

Video Courtesy: Living the Questions