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…]

Why I Don’t Like Working at Soup Kitchens

Last week I served at the Emmaus Soup Kitchen. The next day, Sr. Mary who runs the kitchen asked me how my experience was. I hesitated before telling her the truth; I didn’t like it and actually, I don’t like soup kitchens in general. [Read more…]

Patheos 10+1: A Q&A with ‘Bipolar Faith’ Author Monica Coleman

“I would like churches to talk about mental health the same ways we talk about every other health challenge. I would like us to combine prayer with other medical and social services that help people. I would like for us to affirm that health challenges are not a reflection of the depth of one’s faithfulness. I’d like us [Read More…]

“Hate Cannot Drive Out Hate”

My conviction ~ based on an experience of blood, death, hate and hope ~ is that, in immediate and intentional attempts at healing ~ it is possible for a community to go where fear and hate have no dominion over love and peace. [Read more…]

Church: Can We Get Over Ourselves?

As Christendom declines and Emergence Christianity continues to blossom in all its messy glory, we in the institutional church face a central question. Can we get over ourselves? Can we give up our self absorbed fretting about how good things used to be so we can see the beautiful possibilities now? [Read more…]

Friday Wrap 7/15: The Week’s Top 10 Progressive Posts

Wonder what your fellow Progressive Christians have been reading — and sharing — at Patheos this week? Here are this week’s top 10 Progressive Christian posts, ranked by number of pageviews. #1: Jesus Vs. #AllLivesMatter Our favorite religion professor James McGrath is the king of funny and poignant memes, and this one of Jesus delivering his sermon on the [Read More…]

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