Why I Am In Jail

As I write this note, it is 12:30PM and I’m sitting comfortably in my office at the NC Council of Churches. At 3PM, though, I will be in the gallery at the NC Legislature, and by late this afternoon I may find myself in jail. [Read more...]

Why Churches Need Kids

On Friday night, after pizza and cookies, I sat in a youth room with about twenty teenagers and asked them to tell me about their church, the larger community, and their experience in worship. When I asked them to talk more specifically about worship, they listed complaints that I often hear from young people in mainline, protestant, adult-oriented, worship services. [Read more...]

A Post-Apocalypse Party: Or What To Do Now That the Rapture has been Postponed

What are we going to do today, and in the future, now that we have a future, at least for awhile? You might say a new world dawns with each new day! And each new day can be an epiphany, a day of rapture and delight. [Read more...]

Leave Me Behind

Engaging in the messy work of the Spirit’s redemption of our world, waiting for the day when it will be made right, living with God day by day in the beauty and the muck of this planet earth. I’d rather be left behind. [Read more...]

Losing Jesus Again

I seem to have lost my Jesus again. I’ve lost Jesus enough times in my faith journey, however, to trust that he’ll show up again, if and when it’s time. This does not preclude the un-nerving sense of a free-fall, of course. [Read more...]

Christian Couple Funds World’s First Interreligious University

An extraordinary moment for purporters of inter-religious education and dialogue occurred yesterday at the the Claremont School of Theology, a seminary of the United Methodist Church. A Methodist couple and long-time trustees of the school gave $50 million to establish Claremont Lincoln University, the nation’s first interreligious university. [Read more...]

Nadia Bolz-Weber: My Response to Sojourners

As I thought about what to say or do in response to Sojourners I felt confronted by a terrible ambiguity. The ambiguity is this: Sojourners has, in my assessment, done more than any other organization to call Evangelical Christians to the reality that a central part of following Jesus is a concern for the poor, a truth largely absent from much of American Evangelicalism. [Read more...]

Changing Minds & Widening Hearts: Presbyterians to Ordain Gays & Lesbians

Last night, the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area passed Amendment 10-A (205-56-3), making it the 87th Presbytery to vote in favor of finally replacing G-6.0106b with language that allows for the ordination of gays and lesbians. As many others were saying on Twitter and Facebook last night, I was proud to be a Presbyterian last night. Not that I’m embarrassed the rest of the time, but it was good to see us “catch up” to the other mainline denominations that have made more progress in this area than we have. [Read more...]

Swinging to Inclusion

Yesterday was a historic day in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Yes, the Presbyterian Church will let gays in, not because some Bishop said so, but because a MAJORITY of Presbyterians have voted, through a series of careful processes, that it shall be so. [Read more...]

Oil Spills and Daily Habits

A year after it happened, the disastrous Gulf oil spill is barely heard in the news cycle. But beyond the headlines, the growing community working toward the Wild Goose Festival recognizes that there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to ecological disaster: Beyond BP, beyond failure in technique, is our continued mass consumption of oil. Wild Goose friend Brian McLaren memorably completed a multipart examination of what’s gotten us into this mess and how we can give up the oil habit, here. [Read more...]

Bruce Reyes-Chow on new Believe Out Loud Video

Now for those who know me, there should be no doubt where I stand on homosexuality and the church. Not a sin, not a choice, not an issue for me. Still, there is much work to be done to address how the church responds to the still controversial “issue” of homosexuality. [Read more...]

A Meditation on the Death of Osama bin Laden

Let us meditate on the choices before us now: The path of prideful gloating, or the path of respectful engagement. The path of hyper-nationalism, or the path of international cooperation. Let us take into account how this event is seen through eyes other than our own. [Read more...]


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