Doug Pagitt Radio: Interview with Jim Wallis

Broadcasting from Solomon's Porch meeting space, we busted out of the studio this week. We spoke with Jim Wallis while he was visiting the Twin Cities as part of his current book tour.  His latest book is titled, On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned about Serving the Common Good. Jim is the CEO of Sojourners.Listen Here:Watch here: … [Read more...]

Can I Trust?

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Here’s a question I’ve been asked many times, by many different people. The words I am going to use are a paraphrase as each individual who shares their hearts with me uses their own language for their particular situations; yet the questions are often very similar when you break them down. The question is: how do I trust God when I don’t know what He is going to do? There are many expressions of church and theology that attempt to tell us definitely that God will make things better if we trust … [Read more...]

Transformation and Shadow Spotting

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“Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do no notice the log that is in your own eye?” Matt 7:3 NASB. Most people have read this text as being about sin and our need not to judge. Which is very true, but there are other layers of truths to be found in this text as well. What if the speck we see in another's eye is actually our own log-sized issue? Let me explain. Jesus called it a speck for a reason. I think He was creating a contrast. When we notice some "sin" or “issue … [Read more...]

Interview an Atheist at Church Day – Solomon’s Porch videos

Kile Jones had a great idea - ask churches to invite an atheist to share at church. We, at Solomon's Porch took him up on this idea and this past Sunday along with churches around the country we interviewed 3 people from the Minnesota Atheists group during our gatherings.One of the recordings didn't turn out, but here are two of the conversations.  … [Read more...]

A Contradiction of Truths

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I am learning in my life to let go of the apparent contradictions; this I believe is the result of my ability to let go of theological paradoxes, which has in turn created a space where I can let go of paradoxes in my own life. Allow me to develop this a little further.So much rational effort has been put into the creation of systematic theologies that have attempted to explain the apparent paradoxes in our human experience with God, the Biblical accounts that seem to contradict each other … [Read more...]

Interviews with Ogun Holder & Bryan Sirchio

We had the privilege to talk with author Ogun Holder, the author of Rants to Revelations: Unabashedly Honest Reflections on Life, Spirituality, and the Meaning of God this week. We also chatted with Bryan Sirchio about his book The 6 Marks of Progressive Christian Worship Music.Listen here:Watch here: … [Read more...]

Intended for More than Relief

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What if the reasons we go to church actually perpetuates problems and doesn’t really help us get better?Studies have found most people go to church for a couple of reasons: they always have and it’s a habit based on an obligatory belief that somehow going to church is the right thing to do and somehow pleases God, others go because they are facing problems and are told that God will help them. I’m sure there are a myriad of other reasons - some noble, some less – as to why people go to church … [Read more...]

How Collective Communal Preaching Keeps People From Being Cheated

Over the last few years I have been agitating for churches and communities to move from speech making in preaching to a collective approach.I wrote about this in my book Preaching in the Inventive Age (formerly Preaching Re-Imagined).Here is a story of the power of that from my church, Solomon's Porch this last Sunday as we read the story of the woman putting the two copper coins in the Temple treasury in Mark 12.  … [Read more...]

We Are Back! – Shauna Niequist, Michael Toy, and More!

After a few weeks away and few more miles on Doug's running shoes we are back! This week we checked in with author of Bread & Wine, Shauna Niequist and poet Michael Toy. We also tackled why preaching should be crowd sourced and why the declaration "I'm not homophobic" matters for evangelicals.Listen to the audio here:Watch here: … [Read more...]

Does Your God Need to Be Fired?

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What if the God that you have given your life to, trusted in, and believed would bless and take care of – what if that God didn’t exist?I remember in the early days of my experience in the Twelve Steps, I was asked by a long-time member what my God was like. In the Twelve Steps, they have this idea that you can have a higher power of your choosing which, of course as a minister, was marginally troubling before I understood what this belief was actually about. Anyways, this long-time member as … [Read more...]


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