Q & R: Why Celebrate a Swing of the Pendulum?

Here’s the question: A friend quoted you recently as saying a) that you see a shift in society from a view of God that’s violent and judgmental to one of grace and acceptance, and b) that this shift is a good thing. Why should we celebrate another swing of the pendulum? Did Jesus call us [Read More…]

A Post-Easter Meditation

For many people, Holy Week is a time of triumphant faith. But for others, it raises all kinds of questions and doubts. Here is a meditation from Duane Clinker especially for the latter: http://loveandresist.blogspot.com/2016/03/an-apology-for-faith-in-love-by-duane.html Quotable: After his death, instead of being crushed as the empire expected, his followers actually grew and spread his words and [Read More…]

David Gushee gets it right on Wheaton College

Quotable: “Conservative evangelical institutions such as Wheaton are governed and supported, overwhelmingly, by people who are not just theologically conservative but also politically conservative. I would wager that the boards, top administrators, and biggest donors of most self-identified evangelical schools would vote Republican at around 95 percent. Recall that in every recent presidential election, 75 [Read More…]

An Open Letter to Jerry Falwell Jr., Students, and Faculty of Liberty University

Dear Mr. Falwell, In the tradition of your father, you made some reckless and inflammatory statements to your students the other day. Just as I appreciate it when peace-loving Muslims, Hindus and others repudiate hostile and reckless statements made by prominent members of their religions, I feel impelled by conscience to repudiate your words as not [Read More…]

A Sabbatical…

About ten years ago, I completed 24 years in the pastorate to begin a new chapter in my life and ministry, working as an author, speaker, and activist. For these ten years, I’ve been on the road 80-100 days a year. That means I’ve had the great privilege of meeting and speaking to thousands of [Read More…]

Gradye Parsons to Donald Trump

A wise letter worth reading, for Donald and all of us, from the elected spokesperson of the Presbyterian Church, USA here. Quotable: Presbyterians profess a faith in Christ, whose parents were forced to flee with him to Egypt when he was an infant to save him from King Herod. Knowing our Lord was once a refugee, faithful [Read More…]

Q&R: Church Futures?

Here’s the Question: From your perspective professionally and your position (of great privilege!) as a grandparent, will the followers of Jesus meet in a place called “church” when your grandchildren are grown? I’m sitting with how much time and effort is focused on (to) “keep” in the church….families, young people…and I really think it’s from [Read More…]

The Uprising Begins: An Easter Sunday Reflection

This is an excerpt from We Make the Road by Walking, Chapter 33: The Uprising Begins (Easter Sunday) Ezekiel 37:1–14 Luke 24:1–32 Colossians 1:9–29 Let’s imagine ourselves with the disciples on the first Easter Sunday. Here’s what we heard. At dawn, before the sun has risen, some women who are part of our movement went [Read More…]

An Open Letter to the New Congress: Care for the Earth

My friend Cameron Trimble and I have a letter in The Hill today. You can read it here, or it is included below. Please share it widely … +++++++ We are two Christian leaders, one a 50-something from an Evangelical background and the other a 30-something from a Mainline Protestant background. We have both served as [Read More…]

Peter Enns on the Bible, Part 3

Peter Enns and I both released important books about the Bible this year. Peter’s book is called The Bible Tells Me So, and mine is called We Make the Road by Walking. We decided to interview each other about our books and what they say about the Bible. This is Part 3 of 3. +++++ Brian: What is [Read More…]