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…]

Voices of Advent: Ted Jennings on Awakening to the Impossible

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. [Read More…]

Top 10 Reasons Christians Should Stop Whining About Secular Xmas

“Keep Christ in Christmas!” “Jesus is the reason for the season!” “It’s OK to say Merry Christmas!” I don’t disagree with any of these statements. However, as a PR rep for Jesus, I cringe whenever I see them printed on a sign somewhere. I know we all lament the commercialization of a sacred day; I [Read More…]

Traveling Advent to Epiphany: Roadside Assistance from Luke and Matthew

A Meditation on the Gospel for Advent One: Luke 21:25-36 “You get to your destination twice as fast.” I overhear a man on a phone telling someone this. Speed is a good thing, I suppose, if you don’t want to be where you are. How can I forget—I can’t, I will never forget—the hurried, weary pastor [Read More…]

Post-Election Reasons To Be Thankful

By Jeff Fulmer Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what we have to be grateful for, such as family, friends, and faith.  This year, I’ll have to add the election to that list. I know better than to put too much hope in a man, much less a political party.  At the same time, [Read More…]

The Flow: A Meditation

  One day, several years ago, I took our dog Kai for a walk.  Just outside our home in Mill Valley, California, next to our steep driveway, was a flume where water ran in the rainy season.  Halfway down the driveway, Kai stopped, fascinated by a little waterfall in the flume. The water poured, steady, smooth, and shining, [Read More…]

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…]