Jesus Did NOT Come To Save Your Sins

Baby Jesus

I used to know it all. I used to have it all figured out. I had answers for almost everything – including backup answers in case my first answer was insufficient. My “life-verse” was first Peter 3:15, which served as my motivation to “always be prepared to give an answer.”I used to be obsessed with knowledge. In fact, at times I would fall into despair if I came across a problem I could not figure out. I looked at external sources of knowledge (such as philosophy and science) as ways to bolst … [Read more...]

Christmas Eve, Incarnation, and Knowing Mary

"Church in the Moonlight" - Photo by Lisa DeWeese

The setting was perfection.  Large gothic sanctuary, slate floor, wooden pews with iron candle holders, a hundred soft flames gently illuminating the space. Christmas Eve and Maundy Thursday were the only services conducted by candlelight. The stunning chancel window glowed, Jesus with angels surrounding him, the Ascension. Hundreds of organ pipes framed the rose window in the back.  Timpani, brass, and the choir looked out high above the congregation.I used to wait the entire year for it.  T … [Read more...]

Sacred, Pregnant Waiting

Advent. This time of year has always been somewhat sacred to me.Despite the fact that I live in Minnesota, and I hate winter.Despite the fact that Christmas in the United States is pretty much just a celebration of consumerism.Despite the fact that I haven't identified with Christianity for quite some time.I think it's the mystery of it all. The unknown, the waiting for something that hasn't yet happened but is so palpable you can nearly taste it. This year, it is especially … [Read more...]

Pursuing the Peculiar

Russell Rathburn

There is of course the notion that we all want to find points of connection—we want a big tent, we want a broad-way. It has been a hallmark of this thing of ours, that it is okay to be you, and it is okay for me to be me and we will find a point where we connect and let us celebrate that.And I celebrate that.But what I am really interested in is the points where we diverge. Where we do not quite line up. I want to see the peculiar and the particular in you and I want you to see the p … [Read more...]

Interview with Mike Stavlund & an Easter Poem

It was another busy week on Doug Pagitt radio. We had a chance to chat with Weber grill aficionado, professor, and author Mike Stavlund about his new book A Force of Will: Reshaping Your Faith in a Year of  Grief. Victoria also shared a poem for Easter. We even had a guest call in to give us a post out-patient procedure update.Here's the audio:Here's the video: … [Read more...]

Busy Show – Interviews with Richard Rohr, Fink & Holsclaw, and an Easter Explanation

It's been a busy week on Doug Pagitt radio. We spoke with David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw on their book Prodigal Christianity which calls for missional Christianity. Then, we had a chance to talk with Richard Rohr about his book Immortal Diamond. Tune in to hear Fitch & Holsclaw's explanation of missional Christianity and a Easter explanation for your kids from me.Listen here:Watch here: … [Read more...]

Keeping the “Cool” Out of Lent


For those of us coming out of the conservative Evangelical background, the rediscovery of the Christian calendar has inspired many of us to participate in the sacred rhythm that the calendar affords. Two seasons in particular seem to show a resurgence: one being Advent, the other being Lent.As a kid growing up I had no idea what Mardi Gras (or Carnival) was all about. I would see the pictures on TV and wonder what would inspire such revelry? It seemed to always have an intensity that … [Read more...]

May Christmas be Filled with Mouse Poop and Camel Spit By Randy S. Woodley


In this cynical and snarky world in which we live, we are getting pretty good at diagnosing the problems in the world, sometimes even to the point of paralysis. We blog about them, we read about them, (many Christians today would like to read themselves into Heaven),we discuss what's wrong with the world and we even preach about them. Being informed is not a bad thing but it is often the only thing we do. Our Western worldview has come to equate knowledge with real spirituality. I would like to … [Read more...]

God the Father and Embryo

Pieter de Grebber, Father God c.1645

Advent suggests so many mysteries of God's patience. One rarely commented case is God as Father and embryo. It is extra Biblical so imagination can only begin to tell the bizarre tale. Gabriel's annunciation and appearance to Joseph begins the period of waiting and soul searching, but a remarkable gap exists in the Advent story.  Luke 1:56 makes this cursory remark as though it would suffice:Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home. Presumably the second … [Read more...]

Tragic loss of children, birth of a child…redemptive hope-filled imagination.


No matter where I seem to go this Christmas I can't seem to get out of the emotional storm and the long dark shadows that seem to diminish any hope of light. The mass murder of children; fragile life, hope filled life in the midst of a broken world snuffed out in minutes. And now in the wake of the aftershocks that reverberate through the midst of humanity...people point in all directions for why.But reality stares them in the face, profoundly it does not seem to see it. A nation whose … [Read more...]