Beers & Hymns: A Partnership of Pub and Parish

Through our “Beers & Hymns” events at a local pub, we created an opportunity to be Church in our local neighborhood, rather than passively expecting the local neighborhood to come to our Church. [Read more…]

Voting: A Ritual

“Voting is irrational.” This jarring statement comes from Paul Woodruff, professor of philosophy at the University of Texas in Austin, in his wise book, REVERENCE: Renewing a Forgotten Virtue. Paul came to USC a few months ago, hosted by my office, to give a series of talks. He’s a person who emanates the virtue that [Read More…]

What Do the Indigo Girls, Krista Tippett, Philip Yancey and Nadia Bolz-Weber All Have in Common?

They’re all going to the Wild Goose Festival this summer! Yep, you heard right … these fabulous folks and many, many more interesting and passionate people of faith are all part of the line-up for the third annual Wild Goose Festival — a 4-day event centered around social justice, spirituality, music and art in the [Read More…]

Breathing With Gretta…

…a review by Jim Burklo of WE ALL BREATHE – a book of poems by Gretta Vosper As I review my involvement in the progressive Christian movement over the last decade and a half, I face a seeming contradiction. On the one hand, I’m amazed that a small number of devoted people, with very limited [Read More…]

John Holbert: What I’m Reading this Summer

Books have long been my friends, my boon companions, acquaintances on long sleepless nights, during sultry and desultory days, whenever I need to escape and when I must not escape, when I need to see more clearly and understand more helpfully the world that God has given to us. [Read more…]

What We’re Reading This Summer

So many books! So little time, as they say. But doesn’t summer seem to open up just a bit more time and space for some long-awaited dives into those books that have been calling out to you all school year? [Read more…]

Pentecost and the Crucifixion of Privilege

While we continue to live in a society that unjustly rewards some at the expense of others, the Gospel exposes and crucifies such circumstances, and in doing so, we are set free from the lures of privilege and set free for the sake of others. [Read more…]

I Am

I am, said God to Moses from the burning bush. Before Abraham was, I am… I am the light of the world… I am the way… I am the door… I am the vine… Said Jesus, who held up bread and said it was his body, and wine, and said it was his blood. And [Read More…]

Illustrating Faith: A Q&A with Artist Paul Soupiset

Yesterday I interviewed Patheos blogger and acquisitions editor Tony Jones about the new adult faith formation video resource called animate.Faith from Sparkhouse. One of the sparkling gems of animate is the captivating artwork that runs throughout the series, from the video sessions to the facilitator guide, to the elaborately illustrated personal journals. Behind the ornate graphics of animate is San [Read More…]

animate.Faith — Sparking Fresh Christian Conversation

The new adult course animate.Faith is a welcome breath of fresh resource air for Christian pastors, teachers and small group leaders in the contemporary church. Featuring seven of the leading voices of Christianity today (Brian McLaren, Shane Hipps, Nadia Bolz-Weber and Bruce Reyes-Chow to name a few), animate.Faith presents seven conversation “kick-starter” videos, animated with compelling cartoon-like [Read More…]

Musing on God

God is all without being any thing while being the all in every thing. God is the perhaps at the edge of every moment of choosing. God does nothing but nothing does without God. God is the freedom to do and the urge to act. God does not exist because God is existence. God is [Read More…]

Substitutionary Sniffles

Before Jesus died for my sins, Did he catch cold for them, too? Did he sniffle for my pettiness? Did he cough for my pride? Did he sneeze for my anger? When Jesus stubbed his toe, Who was forgiven, and for what? When he scraped his knee, Whose load of guilt was lifted? When he [Read More…]


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