Lent Post Round-Up! A Progressive Christian Lent at Patheos

"God needs nothing, asks nothing, and demands nothing, like the stars. It is life with God which demands these things... You do not have to sit outside in the dark. If, however, you want to look at the stars, you will find that darkness in necessary. But the stars neither require nor demand it." -- Annie DillardAnother Lenten season begins this week, bringing with it another chance to turn our hearts and minds toward a deeper relationship with our God. We may fast, we may intensify our pr … [Read More...]

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The Sweet and Sour Soup of Lent

We are all like sweet-and-sour soup. We can be so incredibly loving and yet so cruel and nasty. We pray collectively for peace and then infect the world with vicious rumors and not think anything of it. We think we are sweet, and it is the person over there who is the sour one. We blame others for what we have done to ourselves; or blame ourselves for what was done to us. We magnify the imperfections of others and deny our own; or magnify our own imperfections and conceal or deny the … [Read More...]


Vote for “All of the Above”

In this political primary season, as much is revealed about the voters as about the candidates: I have seen photo collages of Clinton’s face showing every filling in her teeth; every grimace and angry glance; every pre-sneeze contortion; every petulant pose. I have seen anti-Semitic cartoons and captions of Sanders depicted as a mentally ill Jewish socialist and how a vote for him means there will never again be a Christmas parade. I have seen countless depictions of Trump’s hair and spl … [Read More...]


The 10 Truths of Modern Youth Ministry

Youth ministry is it's own little animal within the life of a congregation. It is a delicate dance of navigating expectations (your own and those around you), dispelling myths, pointing out miracles (and perhaps performing a few of your own, like, say, getting soda out of the carpet), and allowing your heart to be filled and your spirit drained by your kids over and over and over again. After a five-year stint as a senior/solo pastor I returned to my "roots" as a youth minister. Through this … [Read More...]

Leading Differently: 12 Faith Leaders Shaping the Future

By Stephen Lewis President, Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) Over the next 12 months, we will spotlight 12 leaders, their stories, and how their passion and call to shape a more hopeful future through Christian ministry guides the impact they are making in their communities, institutions … [Read More...]

Throwing Jesus Off a Cliff

If you invited someone to your house and shortly after they arrived you felt like throwing them off a cliff; I would want to know what happened. A similar thing happened to Jesus when everyone was “speaking well of him” and a short time later they were trying to throw him off a cliff. I thought they … [Read More...]

The Greatest Manhunt in History: On the New Movie RISEN

RISEN, a new movie from Sony Films, arrives in theaters February 19, just after we've begun our collective Lenten journey toward Easter. In this latest, big-studio rendering of the epic Biblical story about the Resurrection, Joseph Fiennes stars as Clavius, the powerful Roman military tribune -- and … [Read More...]

The Death and Resurrection of the Liberal Church: A Response to Chris Hedges

By Rev. Dr. Christian Scharen Vice President of Applied Research and The Center for the Study of Theological Education, Auburn SeminaryChris Hedges’ widely circulating diatribe about the bankruptcy of liberal Christianity—its churches and especially its seminaries—benefits from what late- … [Read More...]

Time for Addicts to Do an Intervention on the Church

[The Rev. Dwight Lee Wolter offers this response to the new book The Recovery-Minded Church for our Book Club roundtable discussion this month.]The Recovery-Minded Church by Jonathan Benz with Kristina Robb-Dover is a thoughtful, loving look at ministering to addicts in our midst. My concern … [Read More...]

Patheos 10 + 1: A Q&A with Bar Church Pastor Jerry Herships

No joke: a pastor walks into a bar and starts a church.Also no joke: it works.Five years later, the Rev. Jerry Herships' AfterHours Denver is a thriving bar ministry with a real-world mission to feed the poor and homeless downtown.Every Monday night at a different host bar around Denver, … [Read More...]

The Trials and Tribulations of Snow: On Fighting for Safe Water for All

By Susan Barnett, Founder, Faiths for Safe WaterMy dad was the most popular guy in the neighborhood during a snowstorm. He had an old 1950s truck with a bright yellow plow attached to the front. He’d plow all the neighbors’ driveways, leaving them with just the small pathways to clear and making … [Read More...]

Curing our Theological Laryngitis: A Q&A with Tripp Fuller

"Theology that is living, life-giving and mattering today can't be what it used to be." -- Tripp Fuller, Director of Theology and Humanities, Hatchery LA, and founder, Homebrewed Christianity Patheos is honored to be co-sponsoring an exciting new interactive theology event this spring called E … [Read More...]

Remembering Another King Family Victim of Gun Violence

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was not the only member of his immediate family who was murdered. Dr. King's mother, Alberta King, was fatally shot as she sat at the Ebenezer Baptist Church's new organ, playing "The Lord's Prayer" as her husband, Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr. was in the pulpit, … [Read More...]

Turning Wine Into Water and Other Everyday Miracles

Everybody, at some point in their life, wants a miracle. But it is usually when all hope is gone; when every cure has been tried and every test has been taken; when all of our best thoughts and efforts appear to have been in vain; when we stand empty-handed, perplexed and desperate ~ at that exact … [Read More...]