Two Prayers for Graduates

By David Swartz Graduation, the goal, the dream…in some cases, the miracle. When I speak on campuses, I can’t help but notice  that some people have been there for a long time. “When do you plan to make your escape (graduate)? They just grin. To brutalize Ecclesiastes a little, “There is a time to grin…” [Read More…]

You Say You Want a Christian in the White House…

By Jeff Fulmer I should confess right off that I voted for George W. Bush in 2000 because, in part, he was a man of faith.  He called himself a “compassionate conservative,” which was how I liked to think of myself.  After a couple of years, I realized the man I had voted for wasn’t very compassionate [Read More…]

Dear Church: It’s Not You, It’s Us

While churches have a great deal of liability in matters of “clergy killing,” I think it is important that pastors say out loud to our congregations: you are not entirely the problem. We are. [Read more…]

How to live as a Christian without having to believe the unbelievable

Christianity asks you to do very hard things that are supremely worth the effort. Loving your enemies – that often seems impossible.  Willingly giving up your power and money and time and influence in order to serve the poor and the sick and the oppressed – that can be downright scary.  Having a heart full [Read More…]

The Way of the Mule

A Spanish pilgrim in rough clothes rode on a mule toward Rome and Jerusalem in the year 1522. Ignatius of Loyola was his name. He was “to the manor born” but rejected his wealth and status to pursue spiritual enlightenment. Later he would become the founder of the Jesuit order of Catholic priests. Along the [Read More…]

Muddy Insight

Discovery I dreamed I heard someone singing A beautiful song I’d never heard before. I woke up humming the tune. Who is the songwriter? I dreamed I found a piece of paper lying on a sandy shore. On it was a poem I’d never read before. Its intense clarity haunted me after I awoke. Who [Read More…]

GCB: The Good, the Gag-me, and the Gospel

by Erin Wathen I love the new show GCB. And it bugs me. And I love to let it bug me. Lots of people don’t love it, and I kind of get why. For one thing, it is not super well-written. The main character is sort of flat. I don’t think she’s a bad actress, really…they [Read More…]

Seeking the Blessing: April 15

I received many responses to my recent “musings” about the Blessing of Taxes (coming this Sunday, April 15) and my Christian arguments for progressive taxation, most of them critical. Some objected to the sin-focused theology of my argument that taxation is necessary because human greed prevents charity from being adequate in meeting the needs of [Read More…]

Together Towards Tomorrow: Pluralism in India

On January 21, 2011 the De Smet – de Marneffe Memorial Annual Lecture was held in the new post graduate block of the Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth (JDV) campus. The speaker for that year’s event was Dr. Ramachandra Pradhan of the University of Hyderabad. I was asked by the faculty of JDV to take part in this [Read More…]

Compassion Week

What’s your passion, this Passion Week? Anything worth risking your life? I attended a conference at Esalen Institute at Big Sur this past week, which gathered filmmakers and activists to share media strategies for promoting reconciliation among the religions of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. At one point the conversation focused on how to prevent [Read More…]

Religion and Science in the Indian Context

During the past year I had the great fortune to spend a little over one month teaching at Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth (JDV), the Pontifical Institute for Philosophy and Religion, in Pune, India. The purpose of my visit was to teach the course “The Scientific Study of Religion” to seminarians (roughly amounting to undergraduate students in the [Read More…]

How I’m Preaching the Resurrection

Easter morning approaches, bringing with it a fresh opportunity — and challenge — to unpack the mystery of the Resurrection to an alternately curious, skeptical and hopeful world. Here’s how a few of our Patheos bloggers plan to preach it this Sunday. [Let us know how you’re planning to preach (or would preach) the Resurrection [Read More…]