ArticleThe Subversive Peace of Christmas
Jesus wasn’t born simply to tell us to love one another. He was born, he was killed, and he rose again to subvert the whole theological and political system of violence with God’s nonviolent love.
Faith ForwardYes, Mary Did Know. But Do We?
God did not take up flesh and enter our world in order to maintain the status quo. He was turning human society – run by men drunk on their own entitlement and power – upside down.
Unsystematic TheologyWhy Herod Trembled: A Brief Christmas Reflection
Matthew’s message in setting forth the conflict between the baby and King Herod is clear: Jesus came to bring a new order of things.
Faith ForwardAdvent, Christmas, and the Messiness of Wombs
Advent is the Season of the Womb. It’s a time when I want predictability and control, and instead I get messiness and surprise.
Christians have a history of getting our relationship with Jews all tangled up in self-interest. Let’s not let that happen again. Especially not at the start, before Jesus took his first steps, before Bethlehem.
Sarcastic LutheranThe 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.
Faith ForwardWhen Jesus Stopped Believing in Santa
Some Christmas humor from Jim Burklo.
Marcus BorgHas 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 ForwardPraying 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.”
ArticleA Q&A with Luke Zamperini
Louis Zamperini's son shares some of the back-story to the new movie, Unbroken, and what life with his dad was like.
Rachel Marie StoneTalking 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 DollarIs There a Right Way to Celebrate Christmas?
Christmas. It’s such a mixed bag, isn’t it? I’m an unapologetic lover of all things Christmas. I love choosing just the right gifts for my kids, stacking bins of homemade cookies on the back porch, and driving around to see light displays—the more garish and over-the-top, the better. For the past few years, including this [Read More...]
Seasons of the ChurchAlison Krauss and Yo-Yo Ma: The Wexford Carol
FreedHeartsDon’t Let Anyone Steal Your Christmas Gift
Hello, my friends. Just want to share from my heart this Christmas morning. Jesus. Born to show us the heart of God. To love us. To give us life. Not to condemn or judge us, but to show us a right relationship with God. How like God to bring a gift in the form of a [Read More...]
Emerging VoicesO Come O Come Emmanuel
Tomorrow is Christmas, and as a friend said to me recently, it’s poised to be a decidedly minor key holiday. In the past few months we have mourned the tragic deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice. Now we grieve the loss of two New York City Police officers, whose murder has been [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