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

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“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, singer/songwriter [Read More...]

Wild Christianity at the Wild Goose Festival

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“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. I’ve just come [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 remember the story he shared with a small group of pastors that met [Read More...]

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

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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 [Read More...]

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

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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 available to make existing ministries more vibrant. [Read More...]

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

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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 Shayne Moore (author, blogger, activist), Kyle Roberts [Read More...]

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

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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 [Read More...]

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

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[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 Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA).” I saw [Read More...]

I Corinthians 13: Colossus, Rise & Swallow Death

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“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 [Read More...]

It’s Time for Evangelicals to Come Out for Evolution

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Whenever I engage in conversation with people I meet for the first time I try to avoid being asked the question, “What do you do for a living?” But if I am asked I say, “I am a minister.” Generally, the one who asks then inquires, “What denomination?” or “What kind of church?” Here is [Read More...]

Five Surprises That Hit Me When Writing “How Jesus Became God”

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In my opinion, How Jesus Became God  is the most important book I’ve written for non-scholars, since it deals with one of the truly vital issues not only for Christianity but also for Western civilization. One could easily argue that if Jesus had not been declared God, the history of the West would have been inconceivably and [Read More...]

Prayer from the Assembly: Pour Out Your Spirit on All #GA221

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Thursday, June 19, 2014 This week, I’m gathering with Presbyterians from across the country for the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA).  Whatever your faith-community or denomination, I invite you to join with me and with others in morning prayer each day this week, engaging the Pentecost text from Acts 2:1-21.  Over the course [Read More...]


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