Bearing Beauty: The Studio P(atheos) Artist Interviews


“And we were put on earth a little space To learn to bear the beams of love.” — William Blake Patheos is great at words. We bring you lots and lots of them here at our site (which, incidentally, is celebrating its 5-year anniversary next month!) and they’re really, really good. They make us think [Read More...]

Faith Forward: The Future of Christian Education, Part 2


What’s Emerging? A New Perspective on Victims Something new is happening in Christianity today. The Spirit is moving among us, shaking up old ways, raising new questions, and challenging thousand year old tenets of our faith. Books with titles like Everything Must Change (Brian McLaren), Jesus Feminist (Sarah Bessey) and Banned Questions About the Bible [Read More...]

Monday Meditation: Wild Geese by Mary Oliver


You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. [Read More...]

Death Row Inmates Invite Tennessee Governor to Pray with Them


This past Thursday, the men on Tennessee’s death row, four of whom have scheduled execution dates in the near future, invited Governor Haslam, the man who signs the death warrants to join them for prayer. The backdrop for the story is that Tennessee has more executions scheduled in a year than the state has killed [Read More...]

Waiting for Resurrection: A Post-Easter Lament for Black Communities

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Jesus lives. Yet, many African-Americans are still waiting for the resurrection. [Read more...]

Two Kinds of Christianity (A Conversation Between Mother and Son)

Marcus Borg introduced his book, The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering A Life of Faith, by describing “A Tale of Two Paradigms” where he juxaposed the basic elements of “the earlier paradigm” of the Christian tradition and life with what he labled “the emerging paradigm.”  Many of us who promote an emerging paradigm and participate in [Read More...]

Pop Prophets and Religious Pluralism

SOULJOURN: The Book and the Journey Pop Prophets and Religious Pluralism A review by Jim Burklo of NATURAL MYSTICS: The Prophetic Lives of Bob Marley and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan by Varun Soni (Figueroa Press: 2014) Waves of wailing falsetto lifted Rama’s holy name above the reedy voice of the harmonium and the steady beat [Read More...]

Monday Meditation: Resurrection

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God of Resurrection, You are Author and Story; you fold yourself into Character; now wrap yourself in my welcome. Shimmer and dance and leap within, snapping along these nerves, pouring from these fingertips, shouting from this palate and tongue and teeth. Let me speak you, sing you, dance you; let me hope you, promise you, [Read More...]

Faith Forward: The Future of Christian Education

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Part 1:  Just what is emerging? There’s a lot of talk about “emergent church” these days. But just what is emerging? Phyllis Tickle, popular author and founding editor of the Religion Department of Publishers Weekly, says we are entering the age of the Spirit, and I agree. But where is the Spirit leading us? Brian [Read More...]

The Cross: My Answer to My Daughter’s Question, “Why Did God Make Sickness?”


in Golgotha, at the Cross, humanity spoke violence and God spoke love, and the cross became the Rosetta stone. [Read more...]

A Gentle Fraying: Observing a Homespun Lent, Week 7


On Good Friday, I try and live in that place of loss and uncertainty, that place of Mary. Only then am I able to scratch the surface of the wonder and miracle that is the Resurrection. [Read more...]

I Am….

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“He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he wants to; for he said, ‘I am God’s son’”. Thus the chief priests, scribes and elders mocked Jesus as he hung from the cross. They assumed that Jesus had spoken literally when he identified himself as the son of God. And they assumed that [Read More...]