Billy Graham, Paul Ryan, and Biblical Principles

Recently, Billy Graham’s organization purchased full-page ads in a number of major USA newspapers calling for a return to biblical principles. His ad was hailed by conservatives as a witness to the biblical values conservative Christians affirm. While Graham is entitled to his opinion, there is good reason to assert that his ad cherry-picked biblical [Read More…]

Faces of Fasting

This post is adapted from a talk I gave at USC’s annual Hassan Hathout Fastathon on 10/18, an event conducted by our student Muslim community to take a day of fasting to raise funds for a Muslim charity that feeds the homeless on LA’s Skid Row. Students from many religions participated. I got very hungry [Read More…]

The Key Issues Are Not Issues

This election—as in the last, and the one before that—we are told that certain issues are the only measuring sticks for us as Christians. If we’re Catholic or conservative evangelical Christians, we’re told that we have to vote one way on abortion and gay marriage; if we’re progressives, we’re told we have to vote another [Read More…]

The Heart of Progressive Christianity: A Q&A with Marcus Borg

Marcus Borg is the reason I fell back in love with Jesus. Actually, I had never really fallen out of love with Jesus, because I had never really fallen in love with him in the first place. Yes, I grew up Christian, loved my Church, was confirmed, attended youth group, and had a deep appreciation for God and God’s [Read More…]

The Varieties of God

I offer here a categorization and listing of ways that people think about God. It’s far from complete.  Some categories overlap with each other.  I’ve been thinking a lot about the subject lately, in the course of reading Nicolas of Cusa from the 15th century and Charles Hartshorne from the 20th, theologians who had strikingly [Read More…]

Our Shadow Side: The Appeal of The Walking Dead

By Clay Morgan Whoa. Along with other non-family friendly phrases, that was the general reaction from millions of people after watching the last three minutes of the season three premier of AMC’s The Walking Dead which pretty much lunged at us through television screens like a man swinging a hatchet. I’m not going to spoil anything major [Read More…]

Rediscovering the Beauty: A Conversation with Brian McLaren and Nadia Bolz-Weber, Part 2

Should we talk about politics in Church? What do we make of the latest Pew Report on the rising numbers of the “religiously unaffiliated?” Why is Progressive Christianity still so invisible to the general population? These were some of the questions I asked Brian McLaren and Nadia Bolz-Weber in the first part of my interview [Read More…]

The Heart of Freedom

“Man needs to know that he is born to freedom, hence to tragedy, but also to opportunity. He could be harmless enough, were he less free. Freedom is our opportunity and our tragic destiny. To face this tragedy courageously we need an adequate vision of the opportunity, as well as the danger.” — Charles Hartshorne, [Read More…]

Rediscovering the Beauty: A Conversation with Brian McLaren and Nadia Bolz-Weber

It’s a rare and wonderful day when I get to spend an hour alone with two of my favorite leading lights of the progressive Christian landscape. And so it was this week, when I found myself sitting in a creaky chair in the choir alcove of the beautiful, historical St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Denver [Read More…]

Frank Schaeffer Gets Real for RealClear Religion

Popular Patheos blogger, famous ex-Evangelical, and very vocal critic of the Religious Right Frank Schaeffer gave a terrific interview to Deputy Editor Nicholas G. Hahn III over at RealClear Religion this week.  We’ve excerpted a few of our favorite responses here; click on the link below to read the rest of the interview at RCR. Frank [Read More…]

The Pottery Barn Catalog (and other pornographic literature…)

It’s here! It’s here! The October Pottery Barn catalog…be still my heart. I mean, it might be 105 in the shade outside. But inside, with me and my coffee and my favorite leather club chair (which did NOT come from Pottery Barn) it is nothing but fall bliss. Pumpkins, colored leaves, fragrant warm beverages, crisp [Read More…]

Ku Klux Clowns in East Tennessee

I started my Tennessee sabbatical with a story about 3 peace activists who recently shut down the Y12 bomb plant here in Oak Ridge with a stunning protest, armed only with a bible and flowers.  I figure I’ll end my sabbatical with another great story of East Tennessee mischief. This is the story of one [Read More…]


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