Either “Is Homosexuality A Sin?” OR “Is Homophobia A Sin?”

homosexuality-church

The modern Church’s overall inability to properly engage the culture in which it exists is none the more evident than in the issue of homosexuality. There is nothing more appalling (except perhaps our treatment of African Americans and women), than the pure hatred that the church has shown to the homosexual community. This will be my attempt at helping to add something meaningful to this conversation by addressing the question: how should a Christian in today's western culture understand … [Read more...]

Doug Pagitt Radio – Interview with Bianca Broos

This week on Doug Pagitt Radio we chatted with social activist Bianca Broos and her friend Julie. Bianca teaches at The Rose and the Manna Home. She engages women who are on the fringes and have been outcasted by society. Bianca helped Julie escape from homelessness. Listen Here: Watch Here: … [Read more...]

What is Healing? Really?! – An alternative view.

[Read more...]

Doug Pagitt Radio – Interview With Ian Punnett

This week on Doug Pagitt Radio we checked in with Ian Punnett. Ian is the author of How to Pray When You're Pissed at God: Or Anyone Else for That Matter. Listen Here: … [Read more...]

Let Us Conspire

images

What follows is in no way an affirmation of doing anything violent or illegal. In fact, quite the opposite. The following is a dictionary definition of the word “conspiracy” or “conspire”: To plan together secretly to commit an illegal or wrongful act or accomplish a legal purpose through illegal action.  1. To join or act together; combine.  2. To plan or plot secretly.  The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by … [Read more...]

the view from her ~ Reflecting Pentecost …

God's Coming

Please give a warm welcome to first time blogger and smart lady Pamela Chaddock. They say it was a glorious day some two thousand years ago when the Spirit of Truth, the outpoured presence of Jesus, was released upon the world for the edification of all those with ears to hear. It happened then, it’s happening now, and I celebrate the significance of Pentecost that I’m hearing. Ahead of this moment our planet witnessed a miraculous demonstration of the Father’s love with the birth of … [Read more...]

Doug Pagitt Radio – May 16, 2013 – Interview With Matt Litton

This week on Doug Pagitt we checked in with Matt Litton (friend of Bono) to discuss his book Holy Nomad: The Rugged Road to Joy. Matt speaks to the the things we hold onto that weigh us down and bring us into dead spaces: Fulfillment vs. Heaven & Hell. This was Matt's second appearance on the show. Listen Here: Watch here: … [Read more...]

It’s Time to Let Go…

lettinggo

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 … [Read more...]

Craving

Exploring craving and connection in my Write On Blog after talking to Shauna Niequist on Doug Pagitt Radio: http://dougpagittradio.com/craving … [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?

happy-sad

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 … [Read more...]

Transformation and Shadow Spotting

SittingHereCastingMyShadow1

“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" … [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

photo (3) - Copy

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...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X