Struggling with Silence in an Instant-Gratification World

Silence allows us to rest from our own “noise within—our desires that plague us, our worries that deplete us, our thoughts that agitate us—that we must calm.” When we rest from the continual interior dialogue, we allow space for God to work within us. [Read more…]

Give Ben-Hur a Chance: Watch the Movie with Your Heart and Imagination

The new Ben-Hur movie from Paramount Pictures opened over the weekend and the reviews have been, well, not all that great. It’s not surprising really, after an enormous promotional lead-up setting expectations high, that folks (especially the non-Christian cadre) have been quick to criticize the big-budget epic laced with a feel-good Christian message. And while critically, I may have [Read More…]

I Needed Somebody to Hope Me: An Update on the Moral Revival

By Rev. Dr. William Barber When I was growing up in Eastern North Carolina, I used to love to sit in my grandmama’s kitchen and listen to her sing as she made dinner. Whenever she was done cooking, she’d give me a plate to eat. Then she and some of the other sisters from the [Read More…]

Patheos 10+1: A Q&A with the Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow

“The Asian American community is far from unified in its perspective, but a growing number are pushing our community to confront the racism that exists in our own communities and how we reinforce anti-Blackness and benefit from white supremacy. If you want to know more, track the hashtag #Asian4BlackLives and amplifying this growing ally group.” [Read More…]

Reviving the Heart of Our Democracy: Watch the Rev. William Barber’s Soul-Stirring Speech at the DNC

Last week at the Democratic National Convention, the remarkable Rev. Dr. William Barber II delivered an electrifying speech on the need to revive the heart of our democracy. His rousing words, delivered like a true revivalist preacher, effectively introduced millions of people to one of today’s most powerful and important preacher/activists and his grassroots movement for a moral revival. The video of his [Read More…]

I Dare You to Ask: On the Value of a ‘Beginner’s Mind’ in a World of Pre-Packaged Answers

In a moment when our world’s submerged ideological divisions are surfacing violently, it is critical that we take the open posture of asking. [Read more…]

Part-Time Jesus: On Being Church in the Summer

For the remaining Sundays between now and Labor Day — if you cannot physically be in church — then continue to be there spiritually, wherever you may wander, wherever you may roam. [Read more…]

Spirituality and Democracy: Staying Engaged Amid Vulnerability

Together, let’s build and practice the courage to stay engaged in Democracy by doing the vulnerable work of the heart. [Read more…]

Patheos 10+1: A Q&A with Duke Divinity School Dean Elaine Heath

“We are at the front end of a new reformation, which will likely take many decades to unfold. I am excited to be part of this era of the church’s life, to be able to participate in the new thing that God is doing. Some of our versions of church will fail, and not a [Read More…]

What Are Our Choices? Conventions, Elections, and Spiritual Practices

I have no responsibility for what anyone says on any political platform. I have total responsibility for how I ​consciously ​respond to it. [Read more…]

In Spite of Our Politics, We Are Made for Goodness

In this moment of cataclysmic political division and rising tension, we must hope that our better angels will prevail; that basic goodness will once again be the standard to which we hold our political leaders, and human decency the measure of our democracy. [Read more…]

Finding God in the Gym: From Crossfit to Church

What people may not tell you is that there is an irresistible element of encouragement and motivation like very few other places when you step into the Crossfit “Box.” [Read more…]


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