You Too?

This week my Facebook feed filled up with stories around the hashtag #MeToo. Maybe yours did as well. The accompanying explanation was that “if every person who has been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.” When I shared one of my experiences, a couple of clergywomen replied that all their instances of harassment had been in a church setting. I saw similar notes in the posts of other female ministers. We can do better. Read more

They Get What — Matthew 20:1-16

In the coming kingdom of heaven, God’s primary concern will not be about the hard work we each put in here on earth, or the fact that we may have been a Christian longer than someone else. God may recognize those things, but that does not make us more valuable or important than anyone else in the coming kingdom. God sees all of God’s children as equal. Read more

Some “Thoughts and Prayers” and Questions Following the Las Vegas Mass Shooting

Imagine a nation where everyone who ever made a public statement boasting about their faith chose to go from letting bullets roll down like waters and military assault weapons like an ever-flowing stream, to one where we actually chose to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. Read more

Podcast: A Conversation with Homebrewed Christianity’s Tripp Fuller

A conversation with Homebrewed Christianity podcast host Tripp Fuller centered on the necessity for theological dialogue across the divide of opposing philosophical views and the necessity of the church to equip Jesus’ followers to think critically and theologically. Read more

Podcast: A Conversation with Alexia Salvtierra

Alexia Salvatierra is an ELCA pastor and immigration activist, founder of the Faith-Rooted Organizing UnNetwork, and coauthor of Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World. She has written for Sojourners and Christian Century. Serving for over 35 years, Alexia has focused her work in community ministry, including church-based service and community development programs, congregational and community organizing, and legislative advocacy. Read more

Life out there

While there is some debate about whether there is “life out there”, those of us who are followers of Christ know that there is. Consider these words from the Apostle Paul: “Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, and mind has not conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” (I Cor 2.9). Read more

Stories of DREAMers

“If DACA ends, life as I know it will end, too. I won’t be able to drive anymore because I’ll lose my license. And I won’t be able to work . . . I don’t know what I’ll do!” Read more

That Time a Woman Stood up in Church and Called Me a Muslim

As we go about our lives conveniently putting each other in neat, little boxes, sooner or later we notice that others are putting us in their neat, little boxes, too. Read more

Podcast: A Conversation with Brian Zahnd

By Andy Hale  Imagine what it would look like to dismantle the mega-church you started. You are not starting satellite campus or birthing new churches. Rather, you have decided to begin preaching and practices a gospel that is not intertwined with the American political evangelicalism that dominates the Christian landscape. This is the journey of pastor and author Brian Zahnd. “I was pastoring a church that met every metric of success for the American Church. We had money, the numbers,… Read more

Monuments worth defending

While I am protesting and pointing out the sins of other people as they try to protect their sacred monuments, I should recognize that I may have the tendency to do the same things they do, just for other monuments. If we all would be honest and think deeply, we could each identify monuments in our lives, as well. We all hold on to some things that, if someone challenged them, we would likely respond in ways that would cause us not to be mistaken for children of the king. Read more

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