Saying No and Saying Yes: An Ash Wednesday Meditation

Lent is really about saying no to some things so we can say yes to others. An Ash Wednesday Meditation on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 and Isaiah 58:6-9. [Read more...]

Going Kosher: My Curious Lenten Project

I am a Christian practical theologian who is embarking on a curious quest: I want to know what it’s like to maintain a kosher home—what it requires, for what reasons, at what cost, etc. The web of motivations for this exploration will unfold in due time, but here I would like to describe the project, articulate some original goals for it, and invite you into the learnings that come over its duration of about 40 days. [Read more...]

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The Adjustment Bureau: Divine Plan or Sacred Possibility?

Are our lives governed by fate or do we have freedom and creativity to shape our destinies? Does God have a clear plan for us, choosing the most important things in our lives without our awareness or consent, or is the unfolding of our lives the result of the interplay of chance and choice and divine call and human response? While it doesn’t claim to be academic theology, that’s the theme that runs through The Adjustment Bureau, a fast-paced thriller that joins romance and popular theology.
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Should It Matter What Justin Bieber Thinks About Abortion?

Should it matter what teens think about important issues related to faith and ethics? Are teens old enough to have a real opinion on such topics? Does it really matter what they think? [Read more...]

Piecing a Quilt: Preparing for Lent

As I get ready to enter in to the Lenten season, I gather a quilt, the Comforter, around me, in the knowledge and hope that whatever lies ahead in these 40 days comes to my life with my history, with celebration, and with forgiveness, and as is the custom of Amish quilt makers, a space where the Spirit can get in. [Read more...]

Practicing Transfiguration

What can we do beyond merely admiring Jesus’ Transfiguration? Said differently, what could it mean to practice Transfiguration? [Read more...]

Saving Christian Bookstores

I have been the publicist for a major Christian music festival for years, and every summer I hang out with thousands of young people and see what they’re into, and liturgical/Southern Gospel music ain’t it. [Read more...]

No Easy Answers: Reflections on Matthew 6:24-34

Jesus’ teachings are digging tools that undercut the foundation of my house . . . which makes them so very annoying. [Read more...]

Sketchy Scenes: Reflections on this Sunday Scriptures

When I hear the teachings about loving our enemies and turning the other cheek, I feel discouraged. What is Jesus really getting at in such “extreme” scenes? Reflections on this Sunday scripture texts…. [Read more...]

Liberation, from Egypt: Portents of Change in American Christianity

As the track of evangelical emergent pluralists connects with the track of theologically and socially progressive Christians, prepare for a trans-continental expansion of faith consciousness. The people, particularly young people, are leading, and someday soon their leaders are either going to have to follow or get out of the way. [Read more...]

Why The Revolution in Egypt is Dangerous for Our Youth

What happens if teens discover that the pacifist life of Jesus that we often idealize and couch in metaphors turns out to be an actual possibility for a way to be in the world? Youth Minister BRIAN KIRK on the implications of the non-violent uprising in Egypt for our youth. [Read more...]

Egyptian Surprise Bears Repeating

As hundreds of thousands of Egyptians have shown the world — gathered across what many have seen as insurmountable spiritual and social divides – the way forward is fueled by faith, hope and love. [Read more...]


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