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


“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

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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


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...]

Shall We Overcome? An Invitation for MLK, Jr. Day

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How do we adequately give tribute to Dr. King this year? Here is one way. One simple, oh-so-obvious way that we seem to have forgotten it. Take a step forward, cross the barrier of race, religion or class, and talk to one person who does not look or live like you. Even if it makes you uncomfortable.
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Reviving the Nonprofit Leader: A Q&A with Transformational Leadership Strategist Hugh Ballou


“The nonprofit world has become complacent, static, timid, risk-averse, and minimalistic. We have inherited systems that compromise success. We have been taught leadership wrong.”– Hugh Ballou This week, Patheos launches an exciting new blog for nonprofit leaders called The Nonprofit Entrepreneur.  Blog author Hugh Ballou is a transformational leadership strategist and corporate culture architect and has worked [Read More...]

Captain Moroni and Divine Revelation: On the Oregon Protesters and Christian Jihadism


“I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.” (Joel 2: 28, Hebrew Scriptures) “The spirit of God … will reveal to [people], even in the simplest of matters, what they shall do, by making [Read More...]

The Church of “We Don’t Quite Know What We’re Talking About”


Enough already! Many of us have confusion, misgivings, sorrows and anger about Christian churches and Christianity itself and what has become of it. I get it. Encountering pastors who believe they have all the answers; entering or hearing about a church that shames and blames people into submission and confession; doctrines, creeds and mission statements [Read More...]

Gifts Not Chains: Epiphany Wisdom for Foreign Aid (Matthew 2:1-12)


The turn of each calendar year is often filled with an influx of charitable giving, much of which intends to assist those far beyond the borders of the United States. As rigorous debates surround the ethics and oversight of such foreign assistance endeavors, one of the more innovative contributions to this important conversation was produced [Read More...]

My New Year’s Resolution: To Be A Better Liar


I have never been a very good liar. I rarely even try it. Lying, for me, is like an exercise bike, covered in cobwebs, sitting in the basement. But this year, starting on January 1st and continuing through 2016, my New Year’s resolution is to be unabashed in my dedication to lying. I resolve to lie [Read More...]

The Wise Man’s Confession: A Christmas Poem


What wisdom I have Awakens me to my blindness. I cannot see light itself: What I know of light Is only an alluring shadow Of what it is and does. From billions of years away in space-time, Through darkness intervening, At its inconceivable speed The light of an exploding star passes Through the dark seas [Read More...]

The Merchants of Light Are On Their Way

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Even the darkest and shortest days have no dominion over the light that is growing longer and stronger. Joy to the world! It is time to lighten-up! [Read more...]

A Year in the Life: Top 10 Progressive Christian Posts of 2015


The year 2015 brought Patheos bloggers — and especially our passionate Progressive Christian bloggers — plenty to write and rant about, from discriminatory cake bakers to sexually-abusive fundamentalists to Olympic-winning transgenders. We pushed back on the notion of “Christian persecution” in America, grieved way too many mass shootings, and raged on behalf of way too many murdered black [Read More...]