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Practical Theology: Self-Criticism Is a Virtue Right?

We got the authors of three recent books of practical theology together and asked them to bang their ideas around to see what interesting overlaps and contrasts emerged. Andrew Root of Luther Seminary recently wrote Christopraxis: A Practical Theology of the Cross. Mark Van Steenwyk, founder of the Mennonite Worke Community, wrote The UNkingdom of God: Embracing the Subversive Power of Repentance. The guys from Two Friars and a Fool, Aric Clark, Doug Hagler, and Nick Larson wrote Never Pray … [Read More...]

The Sixth Sense

Just over a week ago, my wife Roberta and I visited the Cluny Museum in Paris, where, among many other art treasures from the late Middle Ages, we gazed on the beautiful tapestries celebrating the Six Senses. Taste. Smell. Touch. Sight. Hearing. These tapestries summed up the sensory pleasures of our three weeks in France and Spain. And then we stood spellbound before number six: "Mon Seul Desir" - My Only Desire. A lovely woman with touseled blonde hair is attended by a lovely maid, a … [Read More...]

Christopraxis

Practical Theology: A Yellow Bunny

We got the authors of three recent books of practical theology together and asked them to bang their ideas around to see what interesting overlaps and contrasts emerged. Andrew Root of Luther Seminary recently wrote Christopraxis: A Practical Theology of the Cross. Mark Van Steenwyk, founder of the Mennonite Worke Community, wrote The UNkingdom of God: Embracing the Subversive Power of Repentance. The guys from Two Friars and a Fool, Aric Clark, Doug Hagler, and Nick Larson wrote Never Pray … [Read More...]

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Practical Theology: Sounds Like Mysticism

We got the authors of three recent books of practical theology together and asked them to bang their ideas around to see what interesting overlaps and contrasts emerged. Andrew Root of Luther Seminary recently wrote Christopraxis: A Practical Theology of the Cross. Mark Van Steenwyk, founder of the Mennonite Worke Community, wrote The UNkingdom of God: Embracing the Subversive Power of Repentance. The guys from Two Friars and a Fool, Aric Clark, Doug Hagler, and Nick Larson wrote Never Pray … [Read More...]

Practical Theology: On Others’ Mystical Experiences

We got the authors of three recent books of practical theology together and asked them to bang their ideas around to see what interesting overlaps and contrasts emerged. Andrew Root of Luther Seminary recently wrote Christopraxis: A Practical Theology of the Cross. Mark Van Steenwyk, founder of the … [Read More...]

Bearing Beauty: The Studio P(atheos) Interview Series with Guest Josh Cleveland

"My Dad's a really good hugger. It's kind of like being hugged by a big grizzly bear, without the mauling. Sometimes getting lost is a bad thing, but sometimes you just need to get lost in those places where you're comforted. And sometimes that's in the arms of those you love." -- Josh Cleveland, … [Read More...]

Wild Christianity at the Wild Goose Festival

"God did not outsource mercy; God said 'I'll come myself!'" -- Rev. William Barber "The question isn't 'What Would Jesus Do?', but rather 'What is Jesus doing now?'" -- Joerg Rieger The blessed Wild Goose Festival reminds me year after year, thank God, of what it really means to be a Christian. … [Read More...]

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Is On the Wrong Side of History

The church I pastor (Immanuel Baptist Church, Frankfort, Kentucky) is affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, a group that broke away from the fundamentalist dominated Southern Baptist Convention in 1991. Cecil Sherman was the first Executive Coordinator of CBF and I distinctly … [Read More...]

Kids Make the Road by Walking, Too: On Progressive Christian Families and the Bible

Brian McLaren says we make the road by walking, that we discover and build our faith by living it. My wife and I agree with this. But we never thought our kids would be making the road with us. Our children are 12, 9, and 2, and we’d planned to have the road nicely paved by now. Instead, we have … [Read More...]

Yung Me Suh Morris: Inspired, and Grieving, after the PC(USA) General Assembly #GA221

By Yung Me Suh Morris After 10 days in Detroit working as a volunteer for 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA, I am inspired, energized, exhausted, and also grieved.  We connected with friends and met new ones. We learned of new worshipping communities and new resources … [Read More...]

Global Violence Against Women and Girls: Weep with Me and Then Work with Me

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of hosting a live chat on the new book The Cross and Gendercide: A Theological Response to Global Violence Against Women and Girls by Elizabeth Gerhardt. The compelling and timely conversation featured Gerhardt, a theology and social ethics professor, and guests … [Read More...]

A Joyful Feast: A Q&A with Companions on the Inner Way Director Carolyn Foster

I count as one of the greatest blessings in my life the day I went to work for The Program in Christian Spirituality at the San Francisco Theological Seminary in my late 20s. Not only did I get to join forces in youth ministry with the incredibly gifted Mark Yaconelli, but I was also introduced to … [Read More...]

An Embracing Step: Final Thoughts from the PC(USA) General Assembly

[Editor's Note: This is the last in a series of reflections and prayer posts from the biennial General Assembly of the PC(USA) offered by the Rev. Scott Clark, Chaplain and Associate Dean of Student Life at the San Francisco Theological Seminary.] “The gavel has fallen on the 221st General … [Read More...]

I Corinthians 13: Colossus, Rise & Swallow Death

“When Enkidu heard these words he tore out the Bull’s right thigh and tossed it in her face saying, ‘If I could lay my hands on you, it is this I should do to you, and lash the entrails to your side.’” The Epic of Gilgamensh “And now I will show you the most excellent way.” St. … [Read More...]


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