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What’s Going On: Resistance, Uprisings, and the Gospel According to Jesus and Marvin Gaye

A beloved black sister shared that she could not get behind the protest slogan “Never Again” while law enforcement agents are continuing to kill unarmed black men and women. In her lament, I heard an echo of the brilliant and, dare I say it, prophetic song “What’s Going On” by the late Marvin Gaye. The words “there’s too many [mothers] crying” are as true today as when Gaye recorded the song in the early 1970s. Those who have lost loved ones to a system seemingly bent on devaluing the presence of … [Read More...]

Satellite Photo of the Dead Zone from Mississippi River run-off

Philip Clayton on The Dilemmas of Feeding the World

When Jesus said, “I was hungry and you gave me food,” about 2,000 years ago, there were only 100 to 300 million people on the whole Earth. Today, there are well past 7 billion living on the same-sized planet. Now that we’re bumping elbows as never before, Spaceship Earth is struggling as never before. Feeding the hungry, for example, has become much more complicated.Back in Jesus’ day, major grains, such as wheat, rice, and corn, had to be planted afresh each year, as they are today. In N … [Read More...]


The Myth of Trickle-Down Change

I’ve heard some buzz in Christian circles that has troubled me. It is the idea that if we reach the most influential people in the world for Jesus… then everyone else will follow.I’ve seen this philosophy begin to infect churches and organizations, even entire movements and conferences whose goal is to reach the “influencers” – the gatekeepers, powerbrokers, and social capitalists. I’ve seen it on the inside, because sometimes I’m considered one of those “influencers”.I’ve had a hard time … [Read More...]


The Wake of Baltimore

By Mike BaughmanThe wake of a young man gave birth to stones flung from the hands of desperation.Death calls us to wake as we roll around in the waves that sweep across a nation.In the wake of Baltimore we wake to questions.Could we invest less in demonizing color, less in demonizing cops and more in copping to our complacency for a universe whose moral arc bends far too slowly towards justice? How could we tug just a little harder so that the black bodies and brown bodies that … [Read More...]

The Haunting: A Poem about the ‘Doctrine of Discovery’

The Doctrine of Discovery is a little known aspect of our Christian history. A tragic example of the justification of conquest and the theft of land and resources from indigenous people's around the globe. Many Christian bloggers have recently come together to raise awareness about the continuing l … [Read More...]

“As-salamu alaykum, What’s up, Bro?” — The Many Graces of Allah

I have been in many mosques, including four of the most “amazing mosques from around the world.” Then there’s the retired imperial mosque of Hagia Sophiain Istanbul -- which made a decent Christian basilica, or so I’m told -- wherein I once ‘stowed away’ after hours and spent part of an evening by my … [Read More...]

Pando Populus: When Words Aren’t Enough to Save the Planet

As promised in my first Pando Populus post, over the next few weeks I’ll highlight some of the incredible people involved in our June 4-7 global conference for the planet: Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization. For this post, however, words are not enough.That’s because today … [Read More...]

Genesis: The First Messy, Tangled Act in God’s Long Story of Becoming Humane

For the last couple of months, I've been studying the book of Genesis with a group of very bright young University of Southern California (USC) students. I'm the adviser for our "Church of the Broken Bread" progressive Christian student fellowship here. Our weekly gatherings are simple. First, each … [Read More...]

#Whoselivesmatter and #racism, Matthew and Luke, You and Me

by Brandon GilvinIn August of 2014, not long after Mike Brown was shot in Ferguson, MO, and much of that town erupted in protest, I noticed a clear division among my social media contacts. It wasn’t so much a “Pro-Brown/Pro-Wilson” divide, though I did see the debate manifesting in that way. What … [Read More...]

Pando Populus: New Paradigms for Saving the Earth

Modern applied science and our current economic systems have failed us. They are responsible for the environmental crisis that is putting our future and that of our fragile, interconnected biosphere at risk. Equally, the world’s religious leaders have also failed us with their all-too-quick a … [Read More...]

“I, Too, Sing America”: On Walter Scott and Racial Wounds in America

Recently, I talked to a young African American man, Andrew Roby, about the prevalence of racism in America. I argued that America needed to heal its racial wounds before it could move forward and reconcile its past with its present, to which he responded: “How can America’s racial wounds be healed if … [Read More...]

Resurrection for the Rest of Us

By John HolbertI was not raised in the church—no Sunday School, no youth camps, no sermons, no Easter trumpeting. Yet, I went to seminary anyway. I will not tell you just why in detail, but it was 1968, and some will remember a very long and terrible war that was raging then, and for us liberal a … [Read More...]

Easter is About Seeing Those at the Margins

For many Christians, Easter is a high holy holiday—it’s the religious bedrock that not only anchors them in their faith, but it also shapes and governs their view of the world.I’m one of them.My passion for Easter is like that of author and Christian C.S. Lewis. In his 1945 essay “Is Theolog … [Read More...]

Holy Week in an Unholy World

"God understands our pain. That is good theology for Good Friday. And that kind of theology only happens when we connect the Bible to the world we live in. It happens when worship and activism meet. We don’t have to choose between faith and action. In fact we cannot have one without the other." We c … [Read More...]