Vote for “All of the Above”

shutterstock_331242347

In this political primary season, as much is revealed about the voters as about the candidates: I have seen photo collages of Clinton’s face showing every filling in her teeth; every grimace and angry glance; every pre-sneeze contortion; every petulant pose. I have seen anti-Semitic cartoons and captions of Sanders depicted as a mentally ill [Read More...]

The 10 Truths of Modern Youth Ministry

shutterstock_94508959

Youth ministry is it’s own little animal within the life of a congregation. It is a delicate dance of navigating expectations (your own and those around you), dispelling myths, pointing out miracles (and perhaps performing a few of your own, like, say, getting soda out of the carpet), and allowing your heart to be filled and [Read More...]

Leading Differently: 12 Faith Leaders Shaping the Future

7N7C6292

By Stephen Lewis President, Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) Over the next 12 months, we will spotlight 12 leaders, their stories, and how their passion and call to shape a more hopeful future through Christian ministry guides the impact they are making in their communities, institutions and universities.  “Never doubt that a small group of [Read More...]

Throwing Jesus Off a Cliff

shutterstock_293851034

If you invited someone to your house and shortly after they arrived you felt like throwing them off a cliff; I would want to know what happened. A similar thing happened to Jesus when everyone was “speaking well of him” and a short time later they were trying to throw him off a cliff. I thought [Read More...]

The Greatest Manhunt in History: On the New Movie RISEN

Risen

RISEN, a new movie from Sony Films, arrives in theaters February 19, just after we’ve begun our collective Lenten journey toward Easter. In this latest, big-studio rendering of the epic Biblical story about the Resurrection, Joseph Fiennes stars as Clavius, the powerful Roman military tribune — and incidentally a “non-believer” — tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to [Read More...]

The Death and Resurrection of the Liberal Church: A Response to Chris Hedges

MTSO

By Rev. Dr. Christian Scharen Vice President of Applied Research and The Center for the Study of Theological Education, Auburn Seminary Chris Hedges’ widely circulating diatribe about the bankruptcy of liberal Christianity—its churches and especially its seminaries—benefits from what late-night comedian Stephen Colbert calls “truthiness.”  It sounds enough right to sound like the truth, or [Read More...]

Time for Addicts to Do an Intervention on the Church

Benz book

[The Rev. Dwight Lee Wolter offers this response to the new book The Recovery-Minded Church for our Book Club roundtable discussion this month.] The Recovery-Minded Church by Jonathan Benz with Kristina Robb-Dover is a thoughtful, loving look at ministering to addicts in our midst. My concern with the approach detailed in this book is that it [Read More...]

Patheos 10 + 1: A Q&A with Bar Church Pastor Jerry Herships

The Rev. Jerry Herships, Pastor, AfterHours Denver

No joke: a pastor walks into a bar and starts a church. Also no joke: it works. Five years later, the Rev. Jerry Herships’ AfterHours Denver is a thriving bar ministry with a real-world mission to feed the poor and homeless downtown. Every Monday night at a different host bar around Denver, up to 50 [Read More...]

The Trials and Tribulations of Snow: On Fighting for Safe Water for All

shutterstock_146471507

By Susan Barnett, Founder, Faiths for Safe Water My dad was the most popular guy in the neighborhood during a snowstorm. He had an old 1950s truck with a bright yellow plow attached to the front. He’d plow all the neighbors’ driveways, leaving them with just the small pathways to clear and making the grueling [Read More...]

Curing our Theological Laryngitis: A Q&A with Tripp Fuller

trippfuller

“Theology that is living, life-giving and mattering today can’t be what it used to be.” — Tripp Fuller, Director of Theology and Humanities, Hatchery LA, and founder, Homebrewed Christianity Patheos is honored to be co-sponsoring an exciting new interactive theology event this spring called Enfolding Theology: Theology after God, March 3-6, 2016 in Redondo Beach (yes, the [Read More...]

Remembering Another King Family Victim of Gun Violence

Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was not the only member of his immediate family who was murdered. Dr. King’s mother, Alberta King, was fatally shot as she sat at the Ebenezer Baptist Church’s new organ, playing “The Lord’s Prayer” as her husband, Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr. was in the pulpit, preaching. She [Read More...]

Turning Wine Into Water and Other Everyday Miracles

shutterstock_275523581

Everybody, at some point in their life, wants a miracle. But it is usually when all hope is gone; when every cure has been tried and every test has been taken; when all of our best thoughts and efforts appear to have been in vain; when we stand empty-handed, perplexed and desperate ~ at that [Read More...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X