Bargaining Jacob: Reflections on this Sunday’s OT Text

Do we not expect some goodies from God if we give God our time, however small, however grudging? It is a question we need constantly to ask ourselves. Do we worship our God simply because we can do nothing else? Do we serve our God simply because we can do nothing else? Just how often are we bargaining Jacob? Good questions indeed.
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The Straw Man and the Arrogant Modernist

God save me from smug, ill informed, modernists who spend their time deconstructing faith thinking that they know what is true. I write to the rest of you, to those who know there is something beyond what we can see, hear, taste, touch and smell. I’m writing to those of you who are yearning for a context of meaning, but who have rightly rejected the mythic-literal frame of the world’s religions. I write to say that there is something beyond that. Enter the conversation. We’ll find it together.
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Battling the Biblical Bully

Earlier this week, author, speaker and blogger Rachel Held Evans stirred up quite the controversy when she called Mark Driscoll, a “bully” for his Facebook status update poking fun of “effeminate anatomically male religious leaders.” As Evans observed, Driscoll, founder of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, has a long history of using anti-gay slurs to demonize anyone he deems “unmanly.” [Read more...]

The Tree of Life: For Those With Eyes To See

Indeed, for people of faith, The Tree of Life is an exhilarating trip, thanks to director Terence Malick’s deep interest in matters of the spirit, one that was so manifest in his wonderful war film The Thin Red Line.

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Wild Goose, Ecumenicity, and the Future of the Christian Church

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, the most powerful memory I will forever maintain from Wild Goose 2011 is the closing ceremony. To understand why that experience of sharing communion with Catholics, Lutherans, Episcopalians, Methodists and Buddhist Christians moved me so deeply, you have to know a bit about my story. [Read more...]

Spiritual Lessons I Learned in Honduras

As I sat in the heat holding sometimes one, two, sometimes three young orphaned children at one time, I couldn’t help but think of Paul’s beautiful image for the Church as the Body of Christ. [Read more...]

A Conservative at the Wild Goose: Part 2

[Editor's Note: This is the second in a series of guest posts by Devin Murphy, a theologically conservative Christian who attended the recent Wild Goose Festival in North Carolina.  Read the first post, The Emergent Church and Me: A Disclaimer, here.] First Impressions of the Wild Goose Festival After driving… and driving… and driving… we [Read More...]

A Conservative Listens at the Wild Goose

True to its spirit and invitation, the Wild Goose Festival was welcoming and inclusive of all — including it turns out, conservative Christians! I met one such young man, Devin Murphy, the first night at a party at the Patheos RV. He had come to listen. [Read more...]

An Interview with Diana Butler Bass

It’s Week Two of our Symposium on Progressive Christianity at Patheos (in conjunction with our renaming of the Mainline Protestant Portal to Progressive Christian), and the hits just keep coming.  Look out tomorrow for an interview with Progressive Christian Alliance founder Jarrod Cochran, a beautiful piece on progressive identity by scholar/theologian Lisa M. Hess, and [Read More...]

The Friends We Keep: Animals & Christianity

Birds, bees, spiders, snakes, dogs, cats, deer, buffalo, foxes, turtles … every one of these and more has touched my life in awe-inspiring ways. What have you learned about God, faith or life from animals? We’d love to share your story on our new blog, Heavenly Creatures. [Read more...]

Mystical and Missional: A Spirit-Inspired Pentecost

A recent Pew Center Report notes that 50 percent of mainstream Protestants claim to have had mystical or self-transcendent experiences. [Read more...]

Taking Flight at Wild Goose

The wild goose reminds us that the Spirit of God cannot be tamed. Perhaps the Celts understood that when we attempt to control the Spirit, the Spirit breaks free and finds a home in groups and individuals – the same individuals who have launched historic movements, ultimately transforming the face of history and Christianity. [Read more...]