Kelly Gissendaner

The Gospel of Kelly Gissendaner  

Georgia clergy just delivered 500 signatures of faith leaders and 40 boxes of names from around the world -- calling for a stop to tonight’s execution of Kelly Gissendaner. And there are over 55,000 folks on the groundswell petition which launched just yesterday, and over 1,000 new names are coming in every hour.But some suggest it is like speaking into thin air – that there is no chance the Governor or the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole will listen. After all, Georgia has already exe … [Read More...]

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Women, the Death Penalty, and Jesus

Only 15 women have been executed in the U.S. since the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976. For two death penalty cases involving women to make the news in the same week is unprecedented – but it’s happening.One is Jodi Arias, convicted of killing her ex-boyfriend in 2008, whose sentencing trial is this week. She could face the death penalty in Arizona.The other is a lesser-known case in Georgia -- Kelly Gissendaner, convicted in a 1997 Atlanta murder plot that targeted her hus … [Read More...]

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Is Theology a Technology?

This post finds its origins in a tweet: "Theology is a technology." - @IdeasDoneDaily /// Chewing on that. #newmediaproject #chsocm— David L Hansen (@rev_david) February 23, 2015 After a bit of reflection, I had a response: @expatminister @rev_david @IdeasDoneDaily Yeah, I'm going to go ahead and say that theology is NOT a technology. #newmediaproject #chsocm— Clint Schnekloth (@Schnekloth) February 23, 2015 However, the question has left me puzzling over the two terms. Even if equ … [Read More...]

I Might Be The World’s Worst Evangelist

The other day I'm  cruising down the highway  listening to the "Frozen" soundtrack (don't judge, just let it go) when I run over something hard and metallic, which, of course, blew out one of my front tires. This was not the first time this has happened since moving to Oklahoma, so my level of frustration was higher than it probably should have been as I maneuvered my poor car off the highway and over to the shoulder.After reassuring my three-year-old son who was in the backseat that we were … [Read More...]

The Battle Over the Body and Blood of Christ: Altar or Table?

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a weekly Lenten series on the body and blood of Christ by Church History Professor Kelly Pigott.Unless one is referring to the Old Testament sacrificial system, or a place where wedding vows are made, it seems the word “altar” has fallen out of favor with man … [Read More...]

The (N. T.) Wright-way or the Highway

Editor's Note: This is a response by Paul Holloway to the post, "Paul Holloway's Rant Against N. T. Wright's Honorary Doctorate" at the Euangelion blog at Patheos.Newsweek has hailed N. T. Wright as one of the world's leading New Testament scholars. A toned down version of that view was recently … [Read More...]

A Letter to White Christians on the Anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s Death

On the anniversary of Trayvon Martin's death and in the wake of continued calls for justice in Ferguson, Cleveland and other cities across America, white Americans are again asked to confront the fact that our history of racism is very much present, continuing to destroy families and communities. … [Read More...]

Pastors are People, Too: 5 Things to Know When You Meet Us in Public

A few years ago, not long after my wife and I were married, we received an invitation to join with some good friends from high school and a few of their friends for dinner and beverages. Excited about the prospect of a night out and the opportunity to meet some new people, we eagerly accepted the … [Read More...]

De-terrorizing the Texts of Terror: What The Bible’s “Punishing God” is Really All About

There are any number of texts in the Bible that depict God as a punishing God, and God’s punishments, according to these texts, can be quite severe. I have noticed that some evangelicals who emphasize God’s love tend to ignore these texts, while others seem to take delight in a punitive God. Some pro … [Read More...]

From Obesity to Ironman: A Conversation with Ragan Sutterfield

"My journey has been a path toward discovering the fullness of my self—body and spirit. I hope that my story will resonate with anyone who has tried to make sense of his or her body, whatever his or her physical condition." -- Ragan Sutterfield, author, This Is My Body A brand new book by author a … [Read More...]

“Papa, if God wants to bring us peace and light, why did he help the Israelites destroy a city and kill people?”

I don’t always allow my daughter, who is seven, to read during church service. Technically, it’s Mass, as we are Roman Catholic. But I grew up in an Evangelical charismatic church, and sometimes it still feels funny to use the “M” word.Mass is a one-hour period each week during which I want my da … [Read More...]

Trust Me, Church: What I’m Longing for in a New Member Class (and Beyond)

No one was more surprised than I was to find myself in a new member class after less than a year at my local church. Perhaps it was a result of growing up Catholic that the idea of membership held little appeal; the only benefits appeared to be (1) eligibility for church governing committees and (2) … [Read More...]

Who or What Is God?

I've been spending a lot of time with professed atheists lately. In particular, this week I found myself engaged in a rich email dialogue with Gretta Vosper, pastor of West Hills United, a congregation of the United Church of Canada.  She describes herself as an atheist.  Few openly atheist pastors o … [Read More...]

Trust Me, Church: When Passing the Peace Turns Stressful for Me

Belonging to a different church than my husband seemed hardly subversive in the beginning. After all, he worked fourteen-hour days on Sundays as a pastor in a neighboring town and took our one and only car to get there. I, on the other hand, rode my bike to a nearby congregation that I was starting … [Read More...]