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The 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 Forward

Yes, 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 Theology

Why 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 Forward

Advent, 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.

spiritchatter

Before Bethlehem

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 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.

Faith Forward

When Jesus Stopped Believing in Santa

Some Christmas humor from Jim Burklo.

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.”

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A 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 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

Is 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...]

FreedHearts

Don’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 Voices

O 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

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