PostChristian: Christian Piatt on the Church and the Future of Faith

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“There is no question that Christianity as a religion has been in need of a refining fire for some time, and it’s not surprising that the idea is met with some fear and self-preserving instinct. But if we truly trust that it is a fire of perfection and not consumption, what do we have to [Read More...]

Coffee Hour: America’s True Religion

(Here’s one from the vault!  from 1984… it ran in CoEvolution/Whole Earth Review, which was a journal of countercultural thought and technology produced by Stewart Brand and the folks at the Whole Earth Catalog.  Shortly after my article appeared, I went to worship at a Gnostic church in Palo Alto, and at coffee hour afterwards [Read More...]

Why I Don’t Care if You Use Prayer Beads

I don’t care if you use prayer beads. I know that seems strange to say. After all, I’m the woman who is passionate about them. I’ve collected them for almost 25 years. I’ve built a living out of writing and teaching and speaking about prayer beads. I love praying with them and think they make [Read More...]

Practical Theology: Love-Fest

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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 [Read More...]

How to End Poverty? A Spiritual Question

 “Bread for me is a material question. Bread for my neighbor is a spiritual one,” wrote Nikolai Berdyaev, a 19th-20th c. Russian philosopher and theologian.  Is there a more important spiritual question than this one?  Today may be a particularly good time to ask it in America. I took a recent USC graduate to lunch last [Read More...]

Practical Theology: What We Would Steal

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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 [Read More...]

Religious Faith and the Crisis at Our Border

Rev. Robert Jeffress, Pastor of First Baptist Church, Dallas told Fox News recently that he thinks that the most compassionate thing we could do is secure the border. He thinks Jesus would build a fence around the border to keep all these children from coming in. He said, “If you’re a homeowner with a swimming [Read More...]

Prayer Beads: Yes, It’s OK for Protestants

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“Is it okay for Protestants to use prayer beads?” In the five years I’ve been writing and teaching about prayer beads, this is, by far, the number one question I hear. The subtext of the question seems to be, “Are we going to get struck by lightning if we use beads in prayer?” There is [Read More...]

Practical Theology: The Buried Mystericism of Childhood

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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 [Read More...]

Practical Theology: Seeing the Flaws

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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 [Read More...]

When the Battle Is Hard: On Restoration and Renewal of Faith

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By Lisa Anderson On June 23, 2014, 79-year-old retired United Methodist pastor, the Rev. Charles Moore, set himself on fire in a shopping mall parking lot. Distraught and dispirited by the persistent and intractable nature of the racism, poverty and homophobia he had been battling against his whole life, Rev. Moore decided to offer his [Read More...]

Practical Theology: Deconstruction and Politics in My Christopraxis

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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 [Read More...]


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