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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.

Faith Forward

When Jesus Stopped Believing in Santa

Some Christmas humor from Jim Burklo.

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.

Femmevangelical

Three Lessons for America from Christian Bale's Moses

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

spiritchatter

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

Let’s Stop Bashing These Christmas Traditions

I’m all for trashing traditions that give us only glitz, gluttony, and maxed-out credit cards. But many of the traditions that get a bad rap, including these five, remain cherished by our family each year.

Seasons of the Church

The Longest Night

Blessing for the Longest Night All throughout these months as the shadows have lengthened, this blessing has been gathering itself, making ready, preparing for this night. It has practiced walking in the dark, traveling with its eyes closed, feeling its way by memory by touch by the pull of the moon even as it wanes. [Read More...]

FreedHearts

Jesus Blog: To My Wonderful Gay Children

More today from my Saturday “Jesus Blog” – a word from Jesus to you… My wonderful children, who just so happen to be gay. Has it been awhile since you have felt at home in your life? With your family? At a church? With me? There is a story of a woman on a long [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

God Chooses the unexpected

She turned out not to be one of the bookies favourites, indeed no-one had heard of her. She wasn’t someone glamourous or famous from the capital city who was chosen, but a very ordinary woman from an obscure northern town. Well I’m talking about Mary the mother of Jesus who turned out to be the [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

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