Making History With Bishop Karen Oliveto

Some people choose to break ground in their careers; others feel called to a ministry that will result in a reckoning of God’s calling with the cultural resistance on all sides. Bishop Karen Oliveto is an inspiration in who she is and what she does, and we spent some time with her learning how she [Read More…]

What to Do When Belief Dies

Being in congregational ministry means dealing in death. Actually, being alive means dealing with it. At its best, religious community helps bear witness to the entire cycle of life, from miraculous beginnings to often-difficult ends. And as the average age in Christian congregations continues to rise, the work of institutional and personal hospice for ministerial [Read More…]

Heaven and Hell with Barry Taylor, James Younger

What do other religions say about heaven? How about hell? Do the similarities across so many cultures and faiths point to a universal cosmic truth, or does it reveal more about our basic human nature? After a few pints of heaven at the Homebrewed Theology Beer Camp, I sat down with James Younger, executive producer [Read More…]

Post-Election Hangover With Tripp and Christian

This is a post-election podcast. It is very fresh. Tripp Fuller (Host of the Homebrewed Christianity podcast) and I talk about our feelings, thoughts, anger and hopes after the election. We discuss it in three parts: as a Citizen, as a Husband-Parent, and as a Christian.  At the conclusion we decided to have a future (more [Read More…]

Tom Krattenmaker, Secular Jesus Follower

Can you be a Christian and not believe in God? Tom Krattenmaker thinks so. We talk about his new book, “Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower,” and why he feels like Jesus has a path that makes his life – and those of others, if they’ll be open to it – more rich and meaningful, regardless of theological [Read More…]

All Water is Holy: When I Visited the Site of Jesus’ Baptism

Following is part of a series of essays from my press tour to Jordan, sponsored by the Jordan Tourism Board and Phillips Theological Seminary.  As we neared the Jordan River, we came across Elijah’s Hill, the site where many believe the prophet ascended to heaven. Such ascension stories are found in many of the world’s [Read More…]

Jake Morrill on the Future of Church

Slim Moon sits down with Jake Morrill, head of the Christian Universalist Church, for the second part of their chat: this time about the future of the institutional church as a whole. Does it have a chance at survival? What will change, and what will remain? Do we need organized religion to pursue an authentic [Read More…]

Looking for Healing in the Jordanian Ruins (Strong in the Broken Places)

Following is from a press tour sponsored by the Jordan Tourism Board and through the generosity of Phillips Theological Seminary.  The theme of my trip is “Strong in the Broken Places.”  Two years ago, I was working on the couch in our living room when I noticed a weird chemical smell, like acetone, filled my sinuses. [Read More…]