Stump a Bible Scholar: What About Israel?

Think you can stump a scholar? No question is too tough or too radical (this IS the Bible after all — a tough, radical book) for our new Stump a Scholar series at Patheos Progressive Christian. Every Tuesday, we’ll answer your questions about the Bible, Christian history, the Church, theology; and we’re bringing in the experts to tackle your [Read More...]

Viral Slacktivism or Social Media Fundraising Win?

Hey, here’s an idea. Let’s raise money for a charity by daring each other to pour buckets of ice over our heads. Two months ago, if someone had suggested this in a planning session at church, I doubt I would have gotten behind the idea. It never occurred to me that so many people—young, old, [Read More...]

Finding Jesus: Ben Corey on What’s Missing in American Christianity

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“The more I wrote about the radical nature of Jesus’ message, the more I felt willing, one hundred times over, to completely sacrifice whatever it takes to continue living it out.” – Benjamin Corey, author, Undiluted The summer of 2014 has been a rich one for Patheos Progressive Christian authors. In the past several months, we’ve seen new releases [Read More...]

An Open Letter to President Obama and Members of the United State Congress: Turn the Grief-Bearing Ship Around

By Ellin Jimmerson Dear President Obama and Members of Congress, I am a Baptist minister in Alabama and full-time advocate for unauthorized immigrants and guest workers. My ministry has focused on production of a migrant justice documentary called The Second Cooler, narrated by Martin Sheen. I first felt called to make the documentary because I [Read More...]

What Jesus Learned from a Courageous Woman (and what we can learn too!)

One of the more fascinating stories in the Gospels that many Christians conveniently ignore is Jesus’ encounter with the Canaanite woman in Matthew 19:21-28 (par. Mark 7:24-30). Here is how it reads in the NRSV: Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from [Read More...]

Technology and Faith: On Dave Eggers’ “The Circle” and the Loss of Privacy

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Mae Holland, the protagonist in Dave Egger’s terrifying novel The Circle, lands a dream job at the world’s largest innovative tech company. Think Google, Apple, Twitter, Microsoft, and Amazon amalgamated into one mega-corporation. Midway into the novel she turns a device on (the company calls the device SeeChange) that makes her life “transparent” to the [Read More...]

Shane Claiborne: Pilgrimage to Ferguson

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Something felt right about going to Ferguson. And something felt right about going with Derrick. I’ve watched Derrick grow up as an African-American youth in North Philadelphia — facing unfair obstacles like a bankrupt school system, an epidemic of gun violence, and a tantalizing drug economy. Despite Philly’s 40% high school dropout rate, Derrick graduated. [Read More...]

Stump a Bible Scholar: Why Genocide?

Think you can stump a scholar? No question is too tough or too radical (this IS the Bible after all — a tough, radical book) for our new Stump a Scholar series at Patheos Progressive Christian. Every week, we’ll answer your questions about the Bible, Christian history, the Church, theology; and we’re bringing in the experts to tackle your [Read More...]

How To Be a Midwife In Egypt: A Sermon on Ferguson and Our Choices

Editor’s Note: I share this sermon preached yesterday at the church I attend, First Plymouth Congregational Church, by the Rev. Dr. Eric Smith. In the aftermath of the Ferguson, MO, tragedy and the ensuing protests, I can’t imagine a much better sermon being given in many other churches around the country than this. — Deborah Arca How To Be a [Read More...]

Why “Don’t Say Illegal Immigrant” Is A Problem

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Last month, as Americans focused attention on Central American child refugees, Benjamin L. Corey’s June, 2013 article, “Why We Need To Stop Using The Term ‘Illegal Immigrant’”, appeared on my Facebook feed. In it, Corey said using the term “illegal immigrant” was to bear false witness against our neighbor. I am a Baptist minister and [Read More...]

Monday Meditation: Come Alive

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“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman [Read more...]

For Now, Young Black Males Matter…Until the Cameras Go Off

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What most people don’t understand about poor Black males on inner-city streets: Interesting how the story in Ferguson is shifting to talk about all of the young Black males showing up to protest on the streets day and night. I can tell you now, they will not stay off the streets tonight. But it’s not [Read More...]


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