Physicality of Lent

In the third installment of my conversation with Phyllis Tickle about Lent we talk about the physical nature of spirituality.You can follow the entire lent conversation on the Lent Blog here.You can watch all the videos in our conversation here. … [Read more...]

Is Lent Holding Us Back? Phyllis Tickle and Doug Pagitt Discussion

Patheos.com is hosting a lent conversation and Phyllis Tickle and I offered the first few postings. Here is the second.I asked Phyllis if there is something about the yearly pattern of Lent where we are pulled back into the church story, given church language that doesn't sit well with many of us who don't want the theology of the church from the time of the invent of these practices.(In spite of the thumbnail of the video, Phyllis is not yelling at me).  … [Read more...]

Emergent Peeps on Lent – Doug Pagitt and Phyllis Tickle first

Patheos is launching a 40 day Lent Reflection Blog today.Phyllis Tickle and I are on for the first 5 installments. We recorded a conversation we had over Skype about Lent.Here is the first one - you can follow the 40 days at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/the40dayjourney/  … [Read more...]

Strange Christianity Made in America: Part I by Randy Woodley

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What has been particularly harmful about American Christianity has not necessarily been the beliefs professed by American Christians but rather the worldview that makes professions of belief more real than living them out. Within this schism of reality exists classic American dualism.With just a reference to our nation’s fondness for war, our crime statistics, our rising poverty rates and an apparent increasing lack of concern for the most disenfranchised of society, we simply do not measure … [Read more...]

Black History – White Woman

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Thank you. I’m sorry.I need to say both. Thank you to everyone who has written, sung, or spoken the difficult truths of racism, discrimination, oppression and privilege. Thank you to my friends who have taken the time to tell me their stories so that I might understand my own historybetter, so that I might understand myself better. I’m sorry that you have these painful stories to tell. I regret that I didn’t already know them. I realize now that I’ve been callous about your experience a … [Read more...]

Talking with Father Richard Rohr

Yesterday on my radio show I talked with Father Richard Rohr about his book Falling Upward and Emerging Christianity from a Catholic perspective. Watch the Video Cast of the show below. … [Read more...]

Peter Mayer Music Video: “Holy Now”

Here's another music video that I use in contemporary worship settings all the time. The music and lyrics are by Peter Mayer. The photos were taken, and videography done, by my beloved wife and mission partner, Connie Barlow. … [Read more...]

Thank God for DEATH: Could Anything be More Sacred? More Necessary? More Real?

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I want address the question of death because most people, religious and non-religious folk alike, are unaware of what God/Reality has revealed about death in the past few hundred years, through science. And this ignorance has resulted in untold suffering — for families and for society as a whole, as well as for individuals.I am regularly asked (more often since I was diagnosed with cancer two years ago), "Do you believe in an afterlife? What do you think happens to us when we die?" My typ … [Read more...]

Should We Teach Disgust As A Religious Value?

“Disgust is one of the six basic human emotions that any healthy adult can experience and recognize. Emotional disgust is the only one, among living creatures, that’s unique to humans, and the only one that has to be learned.” (“What We Find Gross, and Why,” Robin Matrantz Henig, a review in the NYT 1/20/12 of That’s Disgusting: Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsion by Rachel Herz)After reading the review of Herz’s book, I also heard her discuss it on NPR and I began to wonder about our col … [Read more...]

Evidence as Modern-Day Scripture: What’s Real and What’s Important TODAY

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Few things dishonor and diminish God more severely than thinking of “scripture”, “God’s word”, or “divine revelation” as being limited to the Bible, rather than also reflecting humanity’s current and most up-to-date scientific, historic, and cross-cultural evidence. Indeed, I would argue that the health and wellbeing of families, nations, and our world in the 21st century will be enormously impacted by how religious individuals and institutions think about concepts such as "divine communication," … [Read more...]


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