What Would Jesus Say to the NRA?

What does the birth of the baby Jesus 2000 years ago have to offer the violent, troubled world we live in? Or what would Jesus say to the NRA? I want to suggest — A lot. A whole lot. Jesus entered the world from a posture of absolute vulnerability — as an unarmed, innocent child [Read More…]

Birthing: An Advent Reflection

[Editor’s Note: This is the last in a series of Advent reflections from new mother and theology professor Monica A. Coleman. Read the others here.] Birth is messy and unpredictable. It’s hard to remember that when we read Paul’s discussion of becoming a new creation. “Behold, all things are made new!”  It sounds like he [Read More…]

The Consciousness of Christmas

This past Saturday night, my wife Roberta and I stood with a group of people on Hollywood Boulevard, holding flickering candles. Passers-by might have assumed we were Christmas caroling. But we were holding a vigil for the children and adults massacred in Newtown, Connecticut last week. Roberta organized the event earlier in the day, via [Read More…]

Win a Copy of Holy Nomad!

This month at the Patheos Book Club, we’re giving away 25 copies of Matt Litton’s new book, Holy Nomad: The Rugged Road to Joy.  In a recent interview with Litton, a writer, educator and speaker, he talked about why he wrote this book: I think a life without joy and meaning is more of a “life [Read More…]

Traveling Advent to Epiphany: Week 4

Traveling Advent to Epiphany: Roadside Assistance from Luke and Matthew A Meditation on the Gospel for Advent 4: Luke 1:39-55 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit [Read More…]

Voices of Advent: Jack Caputo on Expectation

Popular theoblogger and pastor Tripp Fuller of the Homebrewed Christianity Podcast caught up with a few of our favorite progressive Christian thought-leaders at the American Academy of Religion convention last month, and invited them to reflect on the season of Advent. We’ll be posting one video response each week as the church waits and anticipates the coming of God. This [Read More…]

Changing Actions, Changing Hearts

(My wife Roberta and I hope that THIS IS MY SONG will be sung at Obama’s 2nd inauguration in January. It’s “a song of peace for their land and for mine” – just the message America needs to hear, and that the world needs to hear from America. “Like” our Facebook page if you agree!) [Read More…]

Traveling Advent to Epiphany: Week 3

Traveling Advent to Epiphany, Part 3: Roadside Assistance from Luke and Matthew A Meditation on the Gospel for Advent Three: Luke 3:7-18 John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruits worthy of repentance.” Compared [Read More…]

Voices of Advent: Diana Butler Bass on Waiting on God

Popular theoblogger and pastor Tripp Fuller of the Homebrewed Christianity Podcast caught up with a few of our favorite progressive Christian thought-leaders at the American Academy of Religion convention last month, and invited them to reflect on the season of Advent. We’ll be posting one video response each week as the church waits and anticipates the coming of God. This [Read More…]

Mary’s Rebirth

On one seemingly ordinary day over 2000 years ago, a seemingly ordinary girl had an extraordinary rebirth. Mary abruptly experienced the presence of an angel named Gabriel, who told her she would conceive and give birth to a son she was to name Jesus, who would be given the throne of David, king of Israel, [Read More…]

Traveling Advent to Epiphany: Week 2

Traveling Advent to Epiphany: Roadside Assistance from Luke and Matthew A Meditation on the Gospel for Advent Two: Luke 3:1-6 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, [Read More…]

Promises, Promises

What’s a promise worth, any more? Surely one of the most peculiar phenomena in America’s peculiar politics has been Grover Norquist’s no-tax-increase pledge.  It was signed solemnly by countless Republican politicians over the last couple of decades.  But it was a scruple disconnected from any real consequence.  It’s sort of like a public declaration that [Read More…]


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