Hope in the Midst of Despair: God is Digging a Tunnel

On Saturday afternoon, I was almost in tears after hearing on NPR that the long awaited breakthrough to the Chilean miners trapped since August has been made.  Their rescue is still some days away, but the hope this breakthrough represents is huge.  There is so much bad news reported in the press that I think [Read More...]

The Sermon We’re Not Going to Preach: Lectionary Reflection on Luke 18:1-8

In general, individuals and groups don’t admit to themselves that the reason they act or don’t act the way they do is because “I have no fear of God or respect for anyone…” That would be like saying: “I am an irreverent, disrespectful jerk who thinks only of my own convenience and comfort. Don’t expect any justice from me.” Real people and institutions protect themselves (ourselves) with layers of rationalizations, ways we can continue to pursue our lifestyles and sleep well at night while ignoring or downplaying the needs of those beyond our families and friends. [Read more...]

New Patheos Book Club: October Pick – Stephen Prothero’s “God Is Not One”

Patheos is excited to announce the October Book Club Pick of the Month: Stephen Prothero’s “God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run The World – And Why Their Differences Matter.” Our resources for deeper reading include an exclusive author interview, discussion questions and a book excerpt to get your ready for our online discussion. Also next week, we’ll begin our Blogger Roundtable, featuring nearly a dozen bloggers from different faith traditions responding to the book and raising questions for Prothero to respond to at the book cluv blog, Take & Read. So grab a copy of the book (or read the excerpt) and get ready to join the conversation at the Patheos Book Club! [Read more...]

Progressive Christianity: A Few Questions with Jim Burklo

What is Progressive Christianity and where did it come from? Associate Dean of Religious life and pastor Jim Burklo offers some thoughts. [Read more...]

The Caffeinated Riots: The Reverse Perversion of Teenage Suicides

When young teenagers are driven to kill themselves, the bullies are not the only one’s at fault, we are too. And when they kill themselves, they are killing a piece of humanity. When we allow the death of innocent teenagers to take place, we support the very perversion we say we’re against. We perpetuate the reverse perversion of the Big Other. We can’t idylly sit by and talk about loving our neighbour any longer. [Read more...]

Blessed Are The Socially Awkward: A Review of “The Social Network”

“The truth behind the movie “The Social Network” is that we are social beings and that we crave networks, be they digital or real.” Read Pop Theology blogger Ryan Parker’s review of this fall’s smash hit about the creator of Facebook. [Read more...]

Does Prayer Really Make A Difference?

“I believe that God intervenes in our world at times, but I remain convinced that it is our mission to partner our works with the faith we exhibit during prayer.” Read this, and other responses from different faith traditions, on the efficacy of prayer from our new What Do I Really Believe Series? [Read more...]

The Phallic Fetish Of Prayer

To help us better understand what has happened to prayer, I think we have to listen in to a psychoanalyst by the name of Jacques Lacan. When a child is in its predominant learning stage it looks to the mother as the sole nurturer of its reality. The role of the mother cannot be underscored here. The child believes that the mother is pulled away by outside desires, because this is an unknown element, psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan refers to this imaginary object as the Phallus. Which itself is an imaginary object. [Read more...]

“An Attitude of Gratitude?” Lectionary Reflection on the 10 Lepers: Luke 17:11-19

A friend of mine who is a pastor in Dallas was once teaching Sunday School with a group of children. They were reading this story of the ten lepers. “What do you think about this story?” she asked after she had read it to them. One little girl answered, “Jesus must have been so happy that somebody thanked him!”

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The Real Surprise in the Pew Forum Survey

“The surprise in the recent Pew Survey isn’t how little people know about their own religion and the religions of others around them, but that they know anything at all.” Professor Robert Hunt considers the implications of the U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey results. [Read more...]

The Eddie Long Case and What’s Not Being Said

“The charges against Long are less about homosexuality, the defensiveness of his congregation, the theology he espouses, or the age and gender of the accusers. The case is about the possible abuse of clerical power.” Professor Monica Coleman on this critical opportunity to raise all of our consciousnesses about clergy sexual misconduct. [Read more...]

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Being a Pastor is a Weird Job

“Being a pastor is a weird job. I love the freedom to read, plan worship, talk with interesting people, and sit with scripture and the tradition. But sometimes I just have to laugh at myself and at any expectation I have or someone else might have that I can come up with a spiritual word or reflection.” Emerging church pastor Courtney Pinkerton on a day in the life… [Read more...]

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