It’s Time to Let Go…

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I have been developing a metaphor to bring insight into how spiritual development happens.  That being, the spiritual journey is one of re-learning of what it means to walk with God in His garden today.  I contend that this learning, when fully embraced, leads us to a place of acceptance of what actually is in our lives and world, with the realization and recognition that God is in all of it.  I have also reflected on the key mental, emotional and spiritual posture needed to allow this truth of G … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Doug Pagitt’s conversation with Matthew Lee Anderson about “The New Radicals”

I talked with Matthew Lee Anderson about his cover story in Christianity Today called "Here come the Radicals" (link is to the article).Matthew suggests that the "supperlative stressing" (my word not his) attitude of writers such as David Platt, Francis Chan, Shane Claiborne, and Kyle Idleman is not radical enough and actually a capitulation to the very situation they are trying to condemn.I thought the article was going to be different from what it was when I started reading (I f … [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...]

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...]

When You Know Better, You Do Better?

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There is no question that ignorance can harm us; but I’m not sure knowing better is necessarily equated to doing better. When we are ignorant of something, we simply don’t know and we act in accordance. A great example is how in the first half of the 20th century doctors would recommend cigarettes to help ease their patients’ nerves. And it worked! But, it also gave people cancer. Ignorance. Knowing that smoking kills has no question motivated many people to stop, but you would think if we knew c … [Read more...]


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