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Faith Forward

The Gospel of Kelly Gissendaner

On the day of her scheduled execution, the Gospel of Kelly Gissendaner is still being written. I hope, and I pray, along with hundreds of thousands of others around the world – that the Gospel of Kelly is not cut short tonight by the state of Georgia.

Formerly Fundie

Georgia Execution Proves We Love Vengeance Over Restoration

In a matter of hours, yet another divine image bearer will die by the tip of Caesar’s sword. What does this say about our so-called "Christian nation?"


"The Hunting Ground" is Terrifying. And Real.

The film looks at the dark side of fraternity culture that encourages pledges to photograph and publicly mark their number of “conquests” and passes down the recipes for punch that makes girls pass out after one drink.


When Fantasy Role-Playing Replaces Faith

This is the core of white evangelical Christianity ca. 2015 — a self-aggrandizing fantasy.


Stars, Foolishness, Cattle, and Mountaintops: The Lectionary for the Third Sunday of Lent

Genesis 20:1-17 What It’s About: The Lenten lectionary is about covenants, but this is THE covenant. This is one of the three tellings of the Sinai covenant (see also: Exodus 34, Deuteronomy 5)–the one where Moses goes up the mountain and comes back with the Decalogue. What It’s Really About: This is really about the salvation history [Read More...]

Seasons of the Soul

Letting Go During Lent: Seeing Death as Our Friend

Rather than a presence only at the end of our lives, death can become a companion along each step, heightening our awareness of life's beauty and calling us toward living more fully.

Let the Earth Keep Silence

How to Keep a Holy Lent

Lent is a time when we try to clean out the clutter in our hearts and minds and souls, to prepare ourselves for the joyful gift of new life, freely given to us through the mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection.


Facing My Mortality: Why I'm Praying the Compline During Lent

For my Lenten discipline this year, I’ve decided to become more comfortable with death. To date, I have not been a big fan.

The Pangea Blog

Lent: Because Sometimes Rich Christians Need to Starve a Little

In a nation of affluence and values that often corrupts the beauty of the cross, sometimes our gluttonous lives need to have a time to experience a hint of starvation.

40 Days for Food Justice

40 Days for Food Justice

What is food justice? Learn more with these Lenten disciplines to create a deeper awareness of global issues of food justice, as well as the implications of your personal food choices, for yourself and your family.

Word + Flesh

Following Rocky Balboa into the Wilderness of Lent

When you are in need of inspiration on that late night when a glass of wine seems like it would heal the day or a bowl of ice crème assuage the worries of the world, think of Rocky running those steps and Jesus fasting 40 days in the desert.


Why Do We Give Up Something for Lent?

Whether we’re giving up chocolate or our favorite TV program (could I live without “The Good Wife?”), many of us try to give up something that makes us a wee bit less comfortable.

Unsystematic Theology

A Little Bit from Terry Eagleton on Evil

Here’s a juicy morsel from Terry Eagleton’s recent book, On Evil: The damned refuse to be saved, since this would deprive them of their adolescent rebellion against the whole of reality. Evil is a kind of cosmic sulking. It rages most violently against those who threaten to snatch its unbearable wretchedness away from it. Only [Read More...]

Emerging Voices

Unitive Consciousness: Beyond Gender

What we are searching for in any authentic male or female spirituality is the good and healthy meaning of maleness or femaleness, each being one half of that mystery of God (Genesis 1:26-27). Is there any essential or cross-cultural nature to the one half of the image of God that we call masculine or feminine? [Read More...]


The Deadly Response to Marriage Equality

When they are losing, many people will do desperate things. When faced with the facts that those things are wrong and harmful, desperate people will ignore the truth. The result? Proposed legislation that authorizes the mental torture of our youth. And non-affirming Christians are standing and shouting “Praise God!” It is disgusting and indefensible. Please [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