Scalia, the Bible, and the Constitution: Only One of Them Is Dead

Recently departed Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia believed, “The only good Constitution is a dead Constitution.” For Scalia, the Constitution is static and should only be changed through the Constitutional amendment process. His theory is called “originalism” ~ a belief that the Constitution should be interpreted solely through the lens of what was written when [Read More…]

Risen: Breathing Life Back into the Story, and My Faith

A few months ago I was invited to see an advance screening of the movie Risen. I said yes, but internally was thinking, “Just what we need – another cheesy, low-budget film pandering to a Christian audience.” I am absolutely thrilled my cynicism was wrong. There are so many things I enjoyed about this movie. [Read More…]

Dismantling Islamophobia, One Student at a Time

Donald Trump. Wheaton College. Islamophobia. Terrorism. Today, American rhetoric is littered with catch-phrases and consequences, fueling the fire against Muslims. While Presidential Candidate Trump called for the “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” last December, Wheaton recently “parted ways” with Dr. Larycia Hawkins for her statement that Muslims and Christians are both “people of [Read More…]

Lent Post Round-Up! A Progressive Christian Lent at Patheos

“God needs nothing, asks nothing, and demands nothing, like the stars. It is life with God which demands these things… You do not have to sit outside in the dark. If, however, you want to look at the stars, you will find that darkness in necessary. But the stars neither require nor demand it.” — [Read More…]

The Sweet and Sour Soup of Lent

We are all like sweet-and-sour soup. We can be so incredibly loving and yet so cruel and nasty. We pray collectively for peace and then infect the world with vicious rumors and not think anything of it. We think we are sweet, and it is the person over there who is the sour one. We [Read More…]

Vote for “All of the Above”

In this political primary season, as much is revealed about the voters as about the candidates: I have seen photo collages of Clinton’s face showing every filling in her teeth; every grimace and angry glance; every pre-sneeze contortion; every petulant pose. I have seen anti-Semitic cartoons and captions of Sanders depicted as a mentally ill [Read More…]

The 10 Truths of Modern Youth Ministry

Youth ministry is it’s own little animal within the life of a congregation. It is a delicate dance of navigating expectations (your own and those around you), dispelling myths, pointing out miracles (and perhaps performing a few of your own, like, say, getting soda out of the carpet), and allowing your heart to be filled and [Read More…]

Leading Differently: 12 Faith Leaders Shaping the Future

By Stephen Lewis President, Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) Over the next 12 months, we will spotlight 12 leaders, their stories, and how their passion and call to shape a more hopeful future through Christian ministry guides the impact they are making in their communities, institutions and universities.  “Never doubt that a small group of [Read More…]

Throwing Jesus Off a Cliff

If you invited someone to your house and shortly after they arrived you felt like throwing them off a cliff; I would want to know what happened. A similar thing happened to Jesus when everyone was “speaking well of him” and a short time later they were trying to throw him off a cliff. I thought [Read More…]

The Greatest Manhunt in History: On the New Movie RISEN

RISEN, a new movie from Sony Films, arrives in theaters February 19, just after we’ve begun our collective Lenten journey toward Easter. In this latest, big-studio rendering of the epic Biblical story about the Resurrection, Joseph Fiennes stars as Clavius, the powerful Roman military tribune — and incidentally a “non-believer” — tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to [Read More…]

The Death and Resurrection of the Liberal Church: A Response to Chris Hedges

By Rev. Dr. Christian Scharen Vice President of Applied Research and The Center for the Study of Theological Education, Auburn Seminary Chris Hedges’ widely circulating diatribe about the bankruptcy of liberal Christianity—its churches and especially its seminaries—benefits from what late-night comedian Stephen Colbert calls “truthiness.”  It sounds enough right to sound like the truth, or [Read More…]

Time for Addicts to Do an Intervention on the Church

[The Rev. Dwight Lee Wolter offers this response to the new book The Recovery-Minded Church for our Book Club roundtable discussion this month.] The Recovery-Minded Church by Jonathan Benz with Kristina Robb-Dover is a thoughtful, loving look at ministering to addicts in our midst. My concern with the approach detailed in this book is that it [Read More…]


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