Who’s More Precious in God’s Sight? An Interview with Leroy Barber by Romal Tune

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Leroy Barber has dedicated more than 25 years to eradicating poverty, confronting homelessness, restoring local neighborhoods, healing racism, and living what Dr. King called “the beloved community.” Leroy starts projects that shape society; in 1989, burdened by the plight of Philadelphia’s homeless, he and his wife Donna founded Restoration Ministries, to serve homeless families and children living on the streets. In 1997, he joined FCS Urban Ministries, working with Atlanta Youth Project to ser … [Read more...]

The Conversation Lives – Welcome to Emerging Voices

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Welcome to the next incarnation and rebirth of what was the Emergent Village Voice and is now the Emerging Voices blogging community. As curators of this blog we have been listening deeply to the emergent conversation. We have been and will continue to be influenced by those in the margins who wish to speak to this place of crossroads, passing encounters and shared passions. We are mix of new and seasoned voices as well as friends who would identify themselves as outside of the Emergent … [Read more...]

A Voice of One’s Own by Lelanda Lee

Social media has leveled the playing field of sharing one’s thoughts. With Facebook, blogs, and pictorial sites like Instagram, anyone who has access to a computer and the Internet can broadcast what they are thinking at any time. Since library science (how to use a library) and philosophy (logic and ethics) are no longer taught in public schools, I’d like to comment on being discerning about the thoughts we read. Not everything we read is worth taking in. Not every famous or celebrity author is … [Read more...]

Do You Have a Gaudy God?

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Raining brimstone, epic deluges, trumpets from heaven...is your God showing off?We have all heard of insecure people who act out by throwing fits.  The kid who bullies others on recess, the child who screams when he doesn't get his way, the buff guy in the military who wants to fight at the bar.  We call these people "show-offs" and "assholes."  But what happens when you find your divinity throwing a hissy-fit?One of the first things you can do is exempt your God from these tantrums.  A … [Read more...]

The Worst of Your Tradition: Own It!

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I remember having a back-and-forth with a Christian about the violence historically committed by Christians: the early persecution of heretics, the Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition, the European "Wars of Religion," slavery in the Americas, up to the bombings of abortion clinics and the killing of doctors who perform abortions.  His response, which has stuck with me to this day, was "don't compare the best of your tradition with the worst of mine."  This comment really made me think.  He was not … [Read more...]

An Interview with Brian McLaren on Faith, Doubt, and Atheism

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I met Brian a few years back when I picked him up from the airport for a conference I was coordinating at Claremont School of Theology.  During our ride back, we chatted about atheism, progressive Christianity, and ways we thought they could work together.  And as much as I wanted to find fault with him, his insipid kindness won me over.Since that time, I have been working with Churches, trying to find ways in which we can work together.  So I thought I would ask Brian some questions th … [Read more...]

emergent is dead (to me)

To be honest, I had completely forgotten that I was a contributor to this blog. Back in April of last year I had started a post called, "farewell emergent?" Up until that time, I was really interested in the whole "conversation," and I wanted to be part of it. I was reading as much as I could, listening to as many podcasts as I could, and I even started a group that was sort of an emergent "cohort" of skeptics and progressive Christians here in Raleigh. I really thought that I had found a niche, … [Read more...]

Religion and Hip-Hop in my Youth

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“What do you believe in heaven or hell?  We don’t believe in heaven cuz’ we’re livin’ in hell.”—RaekwonLately I have been thinking a lot about religion and hip-hop.  I recently came across Dr. Monica Miller’s interview in the Washington Post about religion and hip-hop, which prompted me to write a piece of my own.  From the age of 13, when I was first introduced to hip-hop culture, to 18, when I finally opened up to other music, all I listened to were lyrics over beats.  I had an older friend … [Read more...]

Earth Interrupted: by Bill Dahl … November 1st

Human imagination has always been captured by great mythic stories filled with mysterious wisdom. This is one of those stories that engages, draws you in, and takes you to a liminal space where you have to wrestle with the earthly experience humanity finds itself. "Earth Interrupted" is that story, where you are interrupted to think deeply about earth. Bill Dahl is a story teller who senses the urgency of our time.The following is an interview Bill completed regarding the upcoming release of … [Read more...]

Doug Pagitt Radio – Hiatus, Sabbatical, Vacation

This week's edition of DPR is the last broadcast until June 2014. Doug needs to take sometime away from the show to focus on his new book ad will be taking a hiatus/sabbatical/vacation from the show. As Victoria put it, "he's only 1 human being". Victoria will use the time to recover from her latest head wound. We might get back together for a one-off/special edition of the show between now and June. Follow Doug on Facebook and Twitter for updates on the show.We love our listeners and thank … [Read more...]


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