Dare We Call Them Christians?

“All are saved eventually, even the Hutarees and Westboro folk, who may surprisingly find themselves in the afterlife, growing beside homosexuals, Hindus, and liberals.” Bruce Epperly debates the faith claim made by Christian fundamentalist groups. [Read more...]

Simplicity & Transformation: Lectionary Reflections for July 4th

“In a world of chaos and complexity, this week’s scriptures invite us to trust God’s presence in the ordinary, simple, undramatic, and accessible realities that support and nourish us.” Theology Professor Bruce Epperly considers the countercultural vision of wholeness of body, mind, spirit, and relationship presented in the sermon texts for Sunday, July 4th. [Read more...]

What Book Has Changed Your Life?

If you had to choose one book that has most deeply affected your faith life over the past ten years, what would it be? That’s the question we posed to some of our favorite theobloggers and authors at the beginning of summer. We also invited them to share the one book they think every Christian should read, but probably hasn’t yet. [Read more...]

A Pastoral Letter to Those Affected by the Gulf Oil Spill

Leaders of the Presbyterian Church (USA) offer this pastoral letter and resources to those affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster…
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What if God was One of Us?

Why do so many Christians understand God in a way similar to other human agents, only infinitely more wise, powerful, and unseen? To some scientists, this ease of attributing events to some intelligent cause has suggested a way of explaining theistic beliefs. [Read more...]

A Double Share of the Spirit: Reflections on the Lectionary

“Today’s texts invite us to choose to expect great things from God and ourselves. In opening to divine abundance and creativity, we go beyond polarizing thinking and discover new ways to transform our world.” Theology Professor Bruce Epperly considers what we can expect from God, as gleaned from this Sunday’s lectionary texts… [Read more...]

How Not to be a Disciple: A Summer Sermon Series

“If I were preaching from the lectionary in June/July and wanted to do a series, I think I’d call it “How Not to Be a Disciple.” Homiletics Prof Alyce McKenzie on crafting an engaging summer sermon series from the lectionary texts of Luke, starting this Sunday… [Read more...]

Remembering My Fundamentalist Past

While I’m quite ambivalent about fundamentalism and its dualisms of saved and unsaved, heaven and hell, and righteous and unrighteous, I am grateful for a childhood religion that enabled me to learn the Bible and experience God as real for the first time. Although I’ve had to unlearn quite a bit … my Bible-believing roots prepared me to stretch my theological wings later in life.” Bruce Epperly shares this thoughtful reflection on his Christian fundamentalist past as it relates to his progressive “present,” as part of our Patheos Public Square this week. [Read more...]

Faith-Changing Books

What book has most deeply affected your faith life over the last ten years? That’s the question we’ve posed to more than dozen bloggers; here seminary student and author Amy Julia Becker shares her picks for essential summer reading. [Read more...]

Tea Partyers as Advocates for the Poor and Downtrodden?

Over at the Evangelical Portal, Tim Dalrymple has created quite a stir with his piece suggesting the Tea Party might actually be a social justice movement. Guest blogger and Theology Professor Philip Clayton offers a passionate rebuttal to Dalrymple’s proposal. [Read more...]

If the Church Were Christian

It’s one thing to affirm what the church, or an individual, believes. It’s quite another to have to answer the question, “What does that belief look like?” Another must-read book for your summer reading list… [Read more...]

Red-headed God

“In all fairness I should say that I have really no problem with using “In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen” in liturgy. It feels solid and ancient and beautiful. I use “Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer” as well, but it kind of clumsily reduces God to a job description. Having said that, I must admit that I do,however, have a problem with the exclusive use of the male pronoun when speaking of the Almighty.” The Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber of the House For All Sinnners and Saints in Denver, CO, weighs in on the inclusive language debate… [Read more...]