What is Church 2.0? (Video)

Here is a condensed version of a workshop I offer on the concept of "Church 2.0." I talk in it about the popularity of things like the "Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus" video and Mark Driscoll's Acts 29 Network of churches. But while we can learn something from what these kinds of voices are saying and doing, we can also do this while still offering the world a more liberating theology and a radically inclusive community.At the end of the video, I talk about an article I wrote called "Can … [Read more...]

Why We Can’t Win In Afghanistan by Randy Woodley

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(Note: I am interrupting my own series on Strange Religion: American Dualism because of the urgency of this situation. Life interrupts perceived reality. A recent ABC News - Washington Post poll (http://www.voanews.com/english/news/Americans-Believe-Afghan-War-Not-Worth-Costs-New-Poll-Finds--142296305.html) shows that 60 percent of U.S. citizens believe the war in Afghanistan is not worth its costs. These cost are both monetary and counted in the loss of human life. Although the slaying of … [Read more...]

Perspective

I wrote this poem in an attempt to explore the life of Bathsheba. I wondered what it might feel like to experience challenging events in her life. When my friend Kathy Smith read the poem at a gathering last week at my church, Solomon's Porch, she pointed out that when stories from the Bible are told from the perspective of women, the narrative sounds quite different.BathshebaI. Bathingnight air scented lavender and rose massage my neck rub my hands along my thighs my husband will not … [Read more...]

Atheists Promoting Bible Study?

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You know we're living in an odd world when atheists encourage people to read scripture. 50,000 people a day sample science blogger PZ Myers' Pharyngula posts. "There's no surer way to make an atheist than to get someone to actually read the Bible," says Myers.Here is why: Genesis 6 and 7, for example, tell of God planning and executing the slaughter of billions of innocent animals and millions of children in Noah's flood. In the words of one distraught parent, "A few weeks ago I read my … [Read more...]

Facebook is Helping Me Grieve

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By Jana RiessIn the news last week I read a story about a mother whose college-age daughter had died, but the mother kept her Facebook profile alive and active so that friends and family could continue to post their memories. Months passed, and then someone took it upon himself or herself to alert Facebook that this young woman was, in fact, dead -- a clear violation of Facebook's stated policies. Citing privacy concerns, Facebook "memorialized" the page, and the young woman's mother can no … [Read more...]

My Response to Kony 2012 aka #StopKony

I try not to simply re-post thoughts from my blog here, but I wanted to share today's thoughts with this community as well...If you've been on Facebook or Twitter over the last 24 hours, you have probably seen people talking about the efforts to stop Joseph Kony from the organization called Invisible Children.Here's my response after watching the 30-minute film.Let me start as a filmmaker. It's an amazing piece of art. Propaganda maybe...but the best kind of propaganda there can b … [Read more...]

Disciplining Church Discipline

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As people defend Mars Hill's policy on church discipline and consider those similar policies of other churches, there is a big assumption being made. The common refrain is often that Mars Hill and churches like them are simply being "biblical" in their approach. This seems to be the home base that they and their supporters tag every time there is a challenge to their methodology.The assumption that I propose, is that the very existence of not only Mars Hill but every other church that boasts … [Read more...]

Is Scientific Evidence Modern-Day Scripture?

The following is cross-posted from my HuffPost blog (where it has received 200+ comments). It is also posted on Connie's and my Metanexus blog, here.We are in the early stages of what I think historians will one day call religion's Evidential Reformation. Increasingly, most of us (the devout included) relate to scientific, historic and cross-cultural evidence as more authoritative than the dictates of an all-male ecclesiastical body or a literalist reading of Scripture.A good example of … [Read more...]

The Dangerous Pursuit of Pastoral Fame

As my chiropractor was working me over yesterday, she was asking about the reading I’m currently doing for a degree I’m working on. After I rattled off the titles and subjects of a number of leadership books, she said, “Wow, what are you going to do when you are finished with school—rule the world?”“Actually, I’m moving in the opposite direction,” I said.And I am trying to mean that. Genuinely.Over the last few years, I’ve thought long and hard about “my platform” as a pastor, a write … [Read more...]

The Prayers of Lent

PATHEOS – March 2012Just a few days before Lent began this year and in anticipation of it, Doug Pagitt--who somehow always manages to pastor us all, thank God-- set a date for the two of us to engage in a Skyped conversation about Lent. But not about Lent in general, he said. Rather, he wanted us to talk about Lent from my perspective as a liturgical Christian. Since almost nobody ever asks me to speak as a liturgical, I was as much charmed as pleased. [In the South, those are two entirely d … [Read more...]


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