Forget Swords and Plowshares: Turn Guns Into Guitars

Pedro-Reyes

Most people haven’t heard of “Legislative Theater,” thought it’s been around for about fifty years. The idea is to use the arts – and more specifically, theatrical productions – to affect social and political change in a specific, concrete way. And although the concept was born in South America, Pedro Reyes has brought it to [Read More...]

Christianity 21: Cultivating a More Generous Christian Conversation

jopa

Doug Pagitt and Tony Jones have been at this whole church leadership thing for a while now. As two of the voices at the forefront of the emerging Christianity movement, they are visionaries, strategists, and hands-on practitioners who, as much or more than anyone, have wrestled with the complex and persistent question of what tomorrow’s [Read More...]

Is Wealth a Sin?

in god we trust

A recent report by OXFAM offered some sobering data about both the concentration and flow of wealth in the world today. A few key points, also summarized by a new business article on The Atlantic website , include: The richest 85 people in the world control as much wealth as the poorest 3,000,000,000 people; Nineteen out of 20 “G20” [Read More...]

What Repentance for the Church Looks Like Today

im sorry

I’m asked pretty often what I see for the future of organized religion, and Christianity in the West in particular. Given the fact that I am in the process of completing a book called “ postChristian ,” some people make assumptions that I am convinced it’s all going away. Granted, Christianity has experienced precipitous decline, [Read More...]

Why I Won’t Sign a Statement of Faith

defiant

I do most of my work by contract, which means I’m usually looking for work. When the time comes for me to put my feelers out for new opportunities, I tend to look far and wide. In doing so, sometimes I come across some unexpected prospects. A couple of years ago, I applied for an [Read More...]

Rivers in the Desert: Why New Years Day Is a Christian Holiday

river

Growing up in Texas, fairly close to New Orleans, I knew all about Mardi Gras. It was a big deal in the South, replete with combinations of debaucherous consumption and self-exposure. What I didn’t understand, being the good evangelical Protestant that I was at the time, was that it actually was the celebration preceding the [Read More...]

Swords, Plowshares and the “Drone Dilemma”

drone

I have followed, with great interest, as my friend, Ian Ebright, ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for, and then completed, his short film on American drones called “From the Sky.” It’s a sensitive and nuanced treatment of those on the receiving en of our hi-tech military aggression. This, combined with all I’ve read at Sojourners [Read More...]

The NSA’s Need to Know, Your Privacy and Jesus’ Path

mass spying

“Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.” — Benjamin Franklin I was encouraged by the findings of U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon on Monday who granted an injunction to plaintiffs Larry Klayman and Charles Strange that will temporarily stop the National Security Agency from continuing their [Read More...]


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