The Greatest Manhunt in History: On the New Movie RISEN

RISEN, a new movie from Sony Films, arrives in theaters February 19, just after we’ve begun our collective Lenten journey toward Easter. In this latest, big-studio rendering of the epic Biblical story about the Resurrection, Joseph Fiennes stars as Clavius, the powerful Roman military tribune — and incidentally a “non-believer” — tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to [Read More…]

The Death and Resurrection of the Liberal Church: A Response to Chris Hedges

By Rev. Dr. Christian Scharen Vice President of Applied Research and The Center for the Study of Theological Education, Auburn Seminary Chris Hedges’ widely circulating diatribe about the bankruptcy of liberal Christianity—its churches and especially its seminaries—benefits from what late-night comedian Stephen Colbert calls “truthiness.”  It sounds enough right to sound like the truth, or [Read More…]

Time for Addicts to Do an Intervention on the Church

[The Rev. Dwight Lee Wolter offers this response to the new book The Recovery-Minded Church for our Book Club roundtable discussion this month.] The Recovery-Minded Church by Jonathan Benz with Kristina Robb-Dover is a thoughtful, loving look at ministering to addicts in our midst. My concern with the approach detailed in this book is that it [Read More…]

Patheos 10 + 1: A Q&A with Bar Church Pastor Jerry Herships

No joke: a pastor walks into a bar and starts a church. Also no joke: it works. Five years later, the Rev. Jerry Herships’ AfterHours Denver is a thriving bar ministry with a real-world mission to feed the poor and homeless downtown. Every Monday night at a different host bar around Denver, up to 50 [Read More…]

The Trials and Tribulations of Snow: On Fighting for Safe Water for All

By Susan Barnett, Founder, Faiths for Safe Water My dad was the most popular guy in the neighborhood during a snowstorm. He had an old 1950s truck with a bright yellow plow attached to the front. He’d plow all the neighbors’ driveways, leaving them with just the small pathways to clear and making the grueling [Read More…]

Curing our Theological Laryngitis: A Q&A with Tripp Fuller

“Theology that is living, life-giving and mattering today can’t be what it used to be.” — Tripp Fuller, Director of Theology and Humanities, Hatchery LA, and founder, Homebrewed Christianity Patheos is honored to be co-sponsoring an exciting new interactive theology event this spring called Enfolding Theology: Theology after God, March 3-6, 2016 in Redondo Beach (yes, the [Read More…]

Remembering Another King Family Victim of Gun Violence

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was not the only member of his immediate family who was murdered. Dr. King’s mother, Alberta King, was fatally shot as she sat at the Ebenezer Baptist Church’s new organ, playing “The Lord’s Prayer” as her husband, Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr. was in the pulpit, preaching. She [Read More…]

Turning Wine Into Water and Other Everyday Miracles

Everybody, at some point in their life, wants a miracle. But it is usually when all hope is gone; when every cure has been tried and every test has been taken; when all of our best thoughts and efforts appear to have been in vain; when we stand empty-handed, perplexed and desperate ~ at that [Read More…]

Shall We Overcome? An Invitation for MLK, Jr. Day

How do we adequately give tribute to Dr. King this year? Here is one way. One simple, oh-so-obvious way that we seem to have forgotten it. Take a step forward, cross the barrier of race, religion or class, and talk to one person who does not look or live like you. Even if it makes you uncomfortable.
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Reviving the Nonprofit Leader: A Q&A with Transformational Leadership Strategist Hugh Ballou

“The nonprofit world has become complacent, static, timid, risk-averse, and minimalistic. We have inherited systems that compromise success. We have been taught leadership wrong.”— Hugh Ballou This week, Patheos launches an exciting new blog for nonprofit leaders called The Nonprofit Entrepreneur.  Blog author Hugh Ballou is a transformational leadership strategist and corporate culture architect and has worked [Read More…]

Captain Moroni and Divine Revelation: On the Oregon Protesters and Christian Jihadism

“I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.” (Joel 2: 28, Hebrew Scriptures) “The spirit of God … will reveal to [people], even in the simplest of matters, what they shall do, by making [Read More…]

The Church of “We Don’t Quite Know What We’re Talking About”

Enough already! Many of us have confusion, misgivings, sorrows and anger about Christian churches and Christianity itself and what has become of it. I get it. Encountering pastors who believe they have all the answers; entering or hearing about a church that shames and blames people into submission and confession; doctrines, creeds and mission statements [Read More…]