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March 25, 2015
Connecting the Q in LGBTQ to the Bible’s ‘Q’ Source
Several times over the past few weeks, people have asked me, "What does the 'Q' in...
March 20, 2015
Journey Through Lent: When “I Must Try Harder” Gets in the Way of Love
by Matt Bays This is God’s season…Lent…Easter. It’s the time of year when some of...
March 20, 2015
When ‘This is My Body’ Became Words to Kill For: The Battle Over the Body and Blood of Christ
Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a weekly Lenten series on the body and blood of Christ by Church...
March 12, 2015
Dear Church (A Letter from Your Future Self)
Hey Buddy! You're looking a little tired and a bit stressed out. We know Easter...
March 11, 2015
Convergence Christianity: A Q&A with Eric Elnes
by Timothy Villareal The Rev. Eric Elnes, senior minister of Countryside Community Church (UCC) in...
March 10, 2015
A Powerful Manual for the Spiritual Life
As a prophet and wisdom teacher, Jesus frequently challenged the status quo and employed witty,...
March 09, 2015
When Did Biblical Marriage Get To Be A Thing?
The day after I became the first Southern Baptist minister to officiate at a same-sex...
March 06, 2015
The Battle Over the Body and Blood of Christ: The Blood Becomes Wine
Editor’s Note: This is the second in a weekly Lenten series on the body and blood of Christ by Church...
March 03, 2015
A Progressive Baptist Response to Roger Olson (and a word about heresy)
Roger Olson, a professor at Truett Theological Seminary and a blogger at Patheos Evangelical recently...
March 02, 2015
The Gospel of Kelly Gissendaner
Georgia clergy just delivered 500 signatures of faith leaders and 40 boxes of names from...
February 27, 2015
Women, the Death Penalty, and Jesus
Only 15 women have been executed in the U.S. since the reinstatement of the death...
February 26, 2015
I Might Be The World’s Worst Evangelist
The other day I'm cruising down the highway listening to the "Frozen" soundtrack (don't judge,...
February 25, 2015
The Battle Over the Body and Blood of Christ: Altar or Table?
Editor’s Note: This is the first in a weekly Lenten series on the body and blood of...
February 19, 2015
Pastors are People, Too: 5 Things to Know When You Meet Us in Public
A few years ago, not long after my wife and I were married, we received...
February 16, 2015
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...
February 13, 2015
From Obesity to Ironman: A Conversation with Ragan Sutterfield
"My journey has been a path toward discovering the fullness of my self—body and spirit....
February 05, 2015
“Papa, if God wants to bring us peace and light, why did he help the Israelites destroy a city and kill people?”
I don’t always allow my daughter, who is seven, to read during church service. Technically,...
February 03, 2015
Trust Me, Church: What I’m Longing for in a New Member Class (and Beyond)
No one was more surprised than I was to find myself in a new member...
February 02, 2015
Who or What Is God?
I've been spending a lot of time with professed atheists lately. In particular, this week I...
January 26, 2015
Five Things To Do When GOD Seems ALOOF
There is an old joke… There was a man who fell in a hole and...
January 16, 2015
When God Hides: An Interview with Author Tony Kriz
Have you ever felt like God was hiding from you? Have you ever wondered how...
January 14, 2015
Two Conversations Christians Need to Have in 2015
America is coming apart at the seams. Greed, corruption, fear, and violence are among our...
January 13, 2015
Some Assembly Required: A Church Without God
On January 11, I drove down the hill to the Musicians Union hall at 817...
January 08, 2015
Trust Me, Church: Five Micro-Resolutions That Make a Big Difference
“You’ve got to be kidding me,” I said to myself as the storm door pumped...
January 07, 2015
Where Is God? A Sermon on Why It’s Not Necessary to Believe that Jesus is God
John’s prologue is actually a poem that introduces major themes that will be developed in...
December 23, 2014
Advent, Christmas, and the Messiness of Wombs
I never had children; never wanted to. So I haven't spent a lot of time...
December 11, 2014
“Welcome to America”? Praying Through Anger, Loving Through Racial Storms
A balm for the soul Blues artists, the slaves who composed the spirituals, psalmists, and...
December 08, 2014
Following Our Heartache: The Intersection of Yoga and New Monasticism
"Yoga mats have become little island sanctuaries of peace. The time for that is over....
December 07, 2014
Advent Begins in the Experience of the Oppressed
"If you, like the magi, seek out the newborn Jesus this season, then this is...
December 05, 2014
Rob and Kristen Bell on the Art of Marriage (and a Few Words about Oprah)
“Life is always changing. The space between you is always changing. Marriage is this art...
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