Following the Holy Nomad: A Video Interview with Author Matt Litton

Do not look for rest in any pleasure, because you were not created for pleasure: you were created for joy. And if you do not know the difference between pleasure and joy you have not yet begun to live. –Thomas Merton Merton’s is one of the many wonderful quotes that open each chapter in Matt [Read More…]

Mere Luck and The Hobbit: A Video Interview with Tolkien Scholar Devin Brown

On the 75th Anniversary of the publishing of J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved tale The Hobbit, we caught up with internationally-renowned Tolkien scholar and English professor Devin Brown to talk about his new book, The Christian World of The Hobbit.  Listen in as we discuss how Tolkien, a devout Christian, wove his faith into his popular tale, without once [Read More…]

Jesus for President 2012

By Chris Haw and Shane Claiborne It was way back in 2004 that the spark for the Jesus for President campaign was born – by a bunch of post-evangelical Christians trying to figure out how to engage the political circus that happens every 4 years.  It started as a little bible study looking at the [Read More…]

Time for Christians to Make a Choice

By Jeff Fulmer I’m ready for this election to be over. As with most hotly contested campaigns, it’s been full of half-truths and outright lies. And, while I have my opinion on the source of the vast majority of deception, the casual observer simply sees partisan bickering and endless gamesmanship. The result can be a cynical [Read More…]

Why I’m Voting For…

After spending the last two years exploring a non-partisan Christian ethic of politics in the column and book called Faithful Citizenship, it feels, frankly, bizarre to have to choose a candidate for president now that the election is upon us. But when I go into the early voting booth this week in Texas, despite the [Read More…]

Outrageous Conception

“Life is that gift from God. And I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen…” Indiana Republican U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock Republican US Senate candidate Richard Mourdock recently declared his belief that if a woman conceives through rape, that conception was [Read More…]

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…]