A Letter to White Christians on the Anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s Death

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On the anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death and in the wake of continued calls for justice in Ferguson, Cleveland and other cities across America, white Americans are again asked to confront the fact that our history of racism is very much present, continuing to destroy families and communities. Many white Christians have reacted to protests [Read More...]

Pastors are People, Too: 5 Things to Know When You Meet Us in Public

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A few years ago, not long after my wife and I were married, we received an invitation to join with some good friends from high school and a few of their friends for dinner and beverages. Excited about the prospect of a night out and the opportunity to meet some new people, we eagerly accepted [Read More...]

De-terrorizing the Texts of Terror: What The Bible’s “Punishing God” is Really All About

There are any number of texts in the Bible that depict God as a punishing God, and God’s punishments, according to these texts, can be quite severe. I have noticed that some evangelicals who emphasize God’s love tend to ignore these texts, while others seem to take delight in a punitive God. Some progressives are [Read More...]

From Obesity to Ironman: A Conversation with Ragan Sutterfield

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“My journey has been a path toward discovering the fullness of my self—body and spirit. I hope that my story will resonate with anyone who has tried to make sense of his or her body, whatever his or her physical condition.” — Ragan Sutterfield, author, This Is My Body A brand new book by author [Read More...]

“Papa, if God wants to bring us peace and light, why did he help the Israelites destroy a city and kill people?”

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I don’t always allow my daughter, who is seven, to read during church service. Technically, it’s Mass, as we are Roman Catholic. But I grew up in an Evangelical charismatic church, and sometimes it still feels funny to use the “M” word. Mass is a one-hour period each week during which I want my daughter, [Read More...]

Trust Me, Church: What I’m Longing for in a New Member Class (and Beyond)

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No one was more surprised than I was to find myself in a new member class after less than a year at my local church. Perhaps it was a result of growing up Catholic that the idea of membership held little appeal; the only benefits appeared to be (1) eligibility for church governing committees and [Read More...]

Who or What Is God?

I’ve been spending a lot of time with professed atheists lately. In particular, this week I found myself engaged in a rich email dialogue with Gretta Vosper, pastor of West Hills United, a congregation of the United Church of Canada.  She describes herself as an atheist.  Few openly atheist pastors of Christian churches are seen in the [Read More...]

Trust Me, Church: When Passing the Peace Turns Stressful for Me

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Belonging to a different church than my husband seemed hardly subversive in the beginning. After all, he worked fourteen-hour days on Sundays as a pastor in a neighboring town and took our one and only car to get there. I, on the other hand, rode my bike to a nearby congregation that I was starting [Read More...]

Five Things To Do When GOD Seems ALOOF

There is an old joke… There was a man who fell in a hole and couldn’t get out. He had a friend walk by above and he called out for help, but the friend kept walking. After some time he saw a second man he knew and called up. The second man looked down into [Read More...]

Holy Parents, Not Rabbits and Colonizers

By Timothy Villareal Discussing the Catholic Church’s prohibition on artificial contraception and its promotion of Natural Family Planning (NFP) on his return flight from the Phillipines, Pope Francis told reporters, “Some people think — excuse me for saying this — that to be good Catholics we have to be like rabbits.” Well, I have an [Read More...]

Trust Me, Church: Why I’m Not That Interested in “Letting You Know I’m Here”

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When I graduated from divinity school, I was homeless. Not in a literal kind of way but a spiritual one. I had been living in the same city for two years without a church to call my own. Sure, I had dated a few congregations on and off but nothing serious developed. The only names [Read More...]

When God Hides: An Interview with Author Tony Kriz

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Have you ever felt like God was hiding from you? Have you ever wondered how you’re supposed to be a faithful Christian when God feels absent so much of the time? If you’ve ever asked these questions or others related to God’s presence or absence, author and speaker Tony Kriz wants you to know you’re not [Read More...]


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