Advent Practices: Considering our Earthiness

The story of Advent and Christmas is essentially about God becoming enfleshed in the earthiness of the world. God enters creation and blesses our embodied lives. We are called this fourth week to consider the element of earth as an invitation to greater intimacy with nature and to remember our own earthiness. Spiritual Director Christine Valters Paintner continues her series on Advent Practices tied into the elements of Creation. [Read more...]

Preaching on the Magi and Other Questions for Brent Landau

This month in the Patheos Book Club, we’re exploring Brent Landau’s compelling new book, Revelation of the Magi. As part of our blogger roundtable on the book, we invited several authors to review the book and submit their questions to Landau for his response. Our Q&A begins here. [Read more...]

The Tortured Truth

As a Christian who honors the value of human lives regardless of nationality, faith or other allegiance; as a father, a son, a husband-I care about what is right. Even if the lives, physical and psychological health of foreigners could be bargained to save American lives, as President Bush and Vice President Cheney have dubiously argued has happened, this would not dismiss my concerns regarding the immorality of torturing another human being. [Read more...]

Nothing is Wasted: A Composter Advent

What does a composter have to do with Advent? This is the season of holy and growing darkness, of darkness that is alive! Advent darkness holds a lot inside, like rich back dirt. [Read more...]

Shining the Light on the Wise Men

“This year a number of Christmas stockings will no doubt be stuffed with a copy of a beautiful little book, Revelation of the Magi: The Lost Tale of the Wise Men’s Journey to Bethlehem. It’s the first English translation of an ancient manuscript that has languished in the Vatican library for centuries.” Peter Wallace from Day1.org reviews this compelling new book … [Read more...]

Phyllis Tickle on “What Advent Means to Me”

The first in an Advent video series by Tripp Fuller and Ryan Parker featuring progressive Christians on The Coming of God. [Read more...]

Trillions of Stars

This latest news from the field of astronomy is only one more reason to stand in awe and wonder at the mystery of how much we know as a species as well as how that knowledge simultaneously invites us to humility regarding how much we do not know. [Read more...]

Let Go of Jesus

Jesus had to leave in order for his friends to realize that ‘Lo, I am with you always till the end of the age’. Jesus had to dematerialize for his movement to materialize. This is very much like belief, it too must dematerialize to materialize into its naturally maleable form. [Read more...]

“It All Leads to Jesus…”

I knew I might be in trouble the night before when I went to bed and, as I lay my head down on the pillow, my ears were ringing. This is a warning sign for me that I am overtired. And sure enough the next morning, for the first time in all my years of preaching, when I got to the end, I forgot it. [Read more...]

Condomania

“It isn’t the job of a Protestant to try and interpret the Vatican, yet it is important in inter-religious dialogue to understand one’s partner. And that is true as Christians and others seek to understand just how Pope Benedict’s recent comments about condom use are consistent with Christian moral reasoning.” Inter-religious Professor Robert Hunt reflects on the Catholic position on condom use. [Read more...]

The Gospel of Thanks-living

What is the absolutely unique characteristic that separates followers of the Christian way from all other people who look for guidance in self-help manuals, theories, philosophies, or bio feed-back techniques? Is there some distinctive element of Christianity that is the sole intellectual property of the Christian Church? [Read more...]

Grace and Gracefulness

‘Tis the season to be grateful. If there is a theological premise that is the central plank of my living and trusting, it is that proposition of the Reformers that God’s Grace is always prevenient, seeking us, loving for us, caring for us, redeeming us, long before it occurs to us to seek for God. [Read more...]


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