A Plug for PRRI and The Morning Buzz

One of the groups that I am part of is the Public Religion Research Institute, an organization that conducts surveys about religion in the United States. I have been a board member – though admittedly, not a very good board member– for a few years and I have been deeply impressed by the work that [Read More…]

Five Reasons to “Animate” Your Church’s Adult Education Program

Tony Jones recently posted some info about a project that I am part of, the new Animate Faith Formation Series, from SparkHouse. I have already been compensated for my part in the project, so my gushing over the project is not so much about sales as it is about hoping people take advantage of this resource that I am truly proud of. [Read More…]

The “Marginalization” of the Christian Right

This week I received a funding solicitation email from a conservative Christian organization with the following justification for their plea for support: . . . the church is being marginalized by a culture that is increasingly accepting homosexuality and same-sex marriage . . . While I don’t want to deny that groups such as this are feeling [Read More…]

Gimme a P-L-G-R-M! What does it spell?

Well apparently Landon Whitsitt and crew did not get the memo that paper is dead 😉 So why the heck did I just donate a little bank to help kickstart this new quarterly magazine? Because I have a heart for people leaping out in faith in order to change the world for the better and PLGRM [Read More…]

Religion and Media: An Interview with Mark Hoffman

As part of the launch of a new Religion and Media Concentration in its Master of Arts in Religion program at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, I was asked to interview one of their profs as part of their Religion and Media blog tour. I have no real connection to Luther Seminary, but this looks like a [Read More…]

Ryan Kemp-Pappan: Five Graphic Novels Every Pastor Should Read

I love sharing my blogging space with an occasional guest bloggers. It is my intention help share some new/different voices with a larger audience Today’s post is from my friend, Ryan Kemp-Pappan. Ryan is a “LGBTQ Advocate. Minister. Recovering Addict. Friend. Son. Spiritual Director. Social Worker. Artist. Writer. LA Dodger fan. Taco Aficionado. Runner. Aspiring Vegan. Extrovert married [Read More…]

Faith, Stones and the Top Ten Catholic Teachings Rick Santorum Rejects

[Photo by Gage Skidmore] If you are one of those who “enjoys” the topsy-turvy nature of the election season, the only real show to watch these past few months has been the Republican Primary. I will say that I have managed only to watch the debates via the filter of my friends on Twitter, but still [Read More…]

Anyone Else Want to Give up eMail for Lent?

View original post. Don’t worry, I’m not REALLY going to do it, but boy do I want to. Last year I updated a post pushing back on the idea that one should give up social media for Lent. In that post I basically argue that, unless it is holding you back from somehow connecting to [Read More…]

Sorry, but I will never say that you are not a Christian

Romans 12:14-19 (TNIV) 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not think you are superior. 17 Do not repay anyone [Read More…]

We are Christianity: An Open Letter to Frustrated Christians in the United States

This letter originally appeared on www.reyes-chow. Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, My name is Bruce Reyes-Chow and I too am a Christian. I am also a Presbyterian minister, a husband, a father and a Democrat.  Identifiers claimed, I write to you today because I am frustrated with the singular version of Christianity that is dominating [Read More…]