Transgender and Christianity: From Andi to Bruce Jenner

The subject of transgender has been in the news a great deal lately, with much attention focusing not only on famous athlete Bruce Jenner (and his ABC News interview), but on young children who have known that their perception of their own gender was different from what they were defined as because of their anatomy. [Read More...]

Why Prooftexting Is Not Like Other Sins

The quote is from Zack Hunt’s blog post, “Why Proof-Texting Is Not Like Other Sins.” It was hard to choose an excerpt to feature in the image. The whole thing is wonderful, powerful stuff, that deserves to be widely read. And so below it is quoted in its entirety, in the hope that it will lead [Read More...]

80s Rock Music for Worship

I had toyed with some reworked versions of 80s songs for use in church before – “Hosanna” to the tune of Rosanna by Toto, and “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” to the tune of Open Arms by Journey. My pastor left a comment on my wall on Facebook, suggesting that we do a whole service, [Read More...]

Church Committee Meeting Underground Map

A P.C.C. is a “Parochial Church Council” in Anglican churches. But the map works quite well for any denomination. Isn’t this a great variation on the London Underground map? Can you relate to it? The budget circle line that goes round and round. The intersection points of various subcommittees. The any other business tangents that [Read More...]

A Baptist Timeline

Via Stuff Fundies Like. Baptists get picked on a lot in this regard, and not entirely undeservedly. Yet there is a sense in which all of religious history, and all of human history, is similar – people trying to improve on what came before, and sometimes succeeding, but more often than not, producing something just [Read More...]

President Obama’s Apology

I saw an image today on Facebook (included here on the right), indicating that there are people who are still saying that President Obama “owes Christians an apology” for having said at a recent National Prayer Breakfast, “And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that [Read More...]

Current Issues

The above photo of the “Current Issues” shelf in a Christian bookstore was shared online. The titles deserve a close look. The apocalypse? The occult? Islam? World religions? None of these things is new. I suppose all of them can be said to be “current.” But it seems as though they are all issues that [Read More...]

Cathedrals for Today

I have been in a couple of libraries recently, and have been struck over and over again by the idea that they ought to be renamed “cathedrals of learning.” They are a kind of sacred space, which accomplish something not just by providing particular services or materials, but by being a quiet place set apart [Read More...]

Defining Christianity

The quote comes from Richard Beck’s post “On (Not) Being Religious.” What do you think of this definition of Christianity? I have had many discussions about the definition of Christianity. What do you think of this one? [Read more...]

Searching for Sunday

I’m delighted to have the chance to review Rachel Held Evans’ forthcoming book, Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church. If you have read anything of hers before, this is classic Rachel Held Evans. You will laugh out loud, and you will cry. You will be moved by brutally honest stories about the [Read More...]

Happy Easter!

Take a look at the Easter page on the Patheos website for verbal reflections on the subject. The video above features a brief excerpt from Latvian Baptist composer Ēriks Ešenvalds. [Read more...]


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