Hope: A Pessimist’s Guide

Over at Darkwood Brew, the creative online worship community that blends contemplative practices, jazz music and skype video guests, the Rev. Eric Elnes is getting ready to start a series on Hope. [Read more…]

Monica Coleman: A Welcome Mat of Peace

How can we have peace in the Middle East when there’s none at home? Most violence in the United States is not the picture of global terrorism; rather, it is the faded photo of our personal relationships. [Read more…]

Green Shoots Growing From the Ashes

“I believe that the vast majority of all religious believers–whether Muslim, Christian, Jewish—are merciful, compassionate and open to learning about each other. That’s why I am encouraged by interfaith dialogues that discover common ground and by the friendships that are beginning to grow across former boundaries.” The Director of the International Forgiveness Institute shares some examples of inter-religious friendship and compassion. [Read more…]

Claremont Lincoln University – A Beacon of Interfaith Light

In the midst of these raising tides of anger and xenophobia, the creation of the Claremont Lincoln University is like a small beacon of light in the foggy ocean — redirecting us to another shore, by inviting us to live in the midst of the beauty embedded in our many religious traditions. [Read more…]

A Liturgy for the Sept. 11 Anniversary

One of the challenges I’ve had in my ordination journey is to live within the liturgy, so I’ve taken extra care since meeting with my commission on ministry in July to seek out ways that I can think more liturgically as preparation for the priesthood. So as an exercise in thinking liturgically, I prepared a Eucharistic liturgy for the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks [Read more…]

Is God Christian?

The new book “Is God a Christian?” is a beautifully-written essay promoting religious pluralism from a Christian perspective. Much of it is an argument against fundamentalism in all religions, and an argument for openness, toleration, and compassion among the world’s faiths. [Read more…]

A Vision for America

“Where there is no vision, the people perish… ” Proverbs 29:18, Bible, King James Version. What’s your vision for America? [Read more…]

Was Anders Breivek Really A Christian?

We should clarify precisely what kind of “Christian” Anders Breivik is. Because, as it turns out, he’s not much of a Christian at all, at least by ordinary definitions of the term. [Read more…]

Mark Scandrette and Me

[Editor’s Note: This is the third and final post in a series by Devin Murphy, a theologically conservative Christian who attended the recent Wild Goose Festival in North Carolina.  Read his first post, “The Emergent Church and Me: A Disclaimer,” here.] Conversations You Don’t Forget About — My final* entry on my time at the [Read More…]

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Bargaining Jacob: Reflections on this Sunday’s OT Text

Do we not expect some goodies from God if we give God our time, however small, however grudging? It is a question we need constantly to ask ourselves. Do we worship our God simply because we can do nothing else? Do we serve our God simply because we can do nothing else? Just how often are we bargaining Jacob? Good questions indeed.
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The Straw Man and the Arrogant Modernist

God save me from smug, ill informed, modernists who spend their time deconstructing faith thinking that they know what is true. I write to the rest of you, to those who know there is something beyond what we can see, hear, taste, touch and smell. I’m writing to those of you who are yearning for a context of meaning, but who have rightly rejected the mythic-literal frame of the world’s religions. I write to say that there is something beyond that. Enter the conversation. We’ll find it together.
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Battling the Biblical Bully

Earlier this week, author, speaker and blogger Rachel Held Evans stirred up quite the controversy when she called Mark Driscoll, a “bully” for his Facebook status update poking fun of “effeminate anatomically male religious leaders.” As Evans observed, Driscoll, founder of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, has a long history of using anti-gay slurs to demonize anyone he deems “unmanly.” [Read more…]