Nadia Bolz-Weber: My Response to Sojourners

As I thought about what to say or do in response to Sojourners I felt confronted by a terrible ambiguity. The ambiguity is this: Sojourners has, in my assessment, done more than any other organization to call Evangelical Christians to the reality that a central part of following Jesus is a concern for the poor, a truth largely absent from much of American Evangelicalism. [Read more...]

Changing Minds & Widening Hearts: Presbyterians to Ordain Gays & Lesbians

Last night, the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area passed Amendment 10-A (205-56-3), making it the 87th Presbytery to vote in favor of finally replacing G-6.0106b with language that allows for the ordination of gays and lesbians. As many others were saying on Twitter and Facebook last night, I was proud to be a Presbyterian last night. Not that I’m embarrassed the rest of the time, but it was good to see us “catch up” to the other mainline denominations that have made more progress in this area than we have. [Read more...]

Swinging to Inclusion

Yesterday was a historic day in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Yes, the Presbyterian Church will let gays in, not because some Bishop said so, but because a MAJORITY of Presbyterians have voted, through a series of careful processes, that it shall be so. [Read more...]

Oil Spills and Daily Habits

A year after it happened, the disastrous Gulf oil spill is barely heard in the news cycle. But beyond the headlines, the growing community working toward the Wild Goose Festival recognizes that there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to ecological disaster: Beyond BP, beyond failure in technique, is our continued mass consumption of oil. Wild Goose friend Brian McLaren memorably completed a multipart examination of what’s gotten us into this mess and how we can give up the oil habit, here. [Read more...]

Bruce Reyes-Chow on new Believe Out Loud Video

Now for those who know me, there should be no doubt where I stand on homosexuality and the church. Not a sin, not a choice, not an issue for me. Still, there is much work to be done to address how the church responds to the still controversial “issue” of homosexuality. [Read more...]

A Meditation on the Death of Osama bin Laden

Let us meditate on the choices before us now: The path of prideful gloating, or the path of respectful engagement. The path of hyper-nationalism, or the path of international cooperation. Let us take into account how this event is seen through eyes other than our own. [Read more...]

Easter Grief

The hope of resurrection does not erase the reality of death or the toll it takes. Good Friday will come again next year. Is the measure of how deeply we believe the Easter message the extent to which we are unmoved by death? No. Paul doesn’t say, “Thanks to the resurrection, we don’t grieve.” He says, “Thanks to the resurrection we don’t grieve as others do.” [Read more...]

Good Friday: Entering the Darkness

Growing up, I often heard preachers intone that my name was on Jesus’ lips when he died on the cross, that, in between spasms of excruciating pain, Jesus was thinking of me. In more macabre sermons, pastors would point a finger at the audience and explain that it was I that drove the nails into Jesus with all of my terrible sins. It was a powerful, seductive message. It was also a lie. [Read more...]

Maundy Thursday: Forgiving God

At some point, we have to learn to forgive God. My guess is that most of us don’t want anything to do with forgiving God, either because we rather like the grudges we hold against the Almighty or because we cringe at the idea of God needing forgiveness. But to truly live in relationship to God we have to be capable of forgiving God, of looking at the world God created and ourselves within it, and say to God, “I will love you in spite of this mess, and I forgive you even if it turns out you meant it to be this way all along.” [Read more...]

Clean Feet: A Maundy Thursday Meditation

This text is not about watching Jesus put his hands on somebody else’s feet. It’s about letting Jesus put his hands on our feet. [Read more...]

Is the Resurrection Real?

In just a few days, millions of Christians around the world will rise early in the morning and raise joyful Hallelujahs as they celebrate the defining event of the Christian faith: the Resurrection of Jesus. Undoubtedly, millions more will rise and raise the question—in earnest or in jest—whether the Resurrection could possibly have happened, for [Read More...]

Obama’s Biblical Budget

President Obama’s vision of America follows the spirit of the Hebraic prophets, who proclaimed that a famine of hearing the word of God is a result of our failure to hear the cries of the poor. [Read more...]