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October 05, 2015
Sybil MacBeth: “I could tell you about Phyllis Tickle… but I won’t”
[Sybil MacBeth, creator of the amazing book and workshop series Praying in Color, wrote this...
December 21, 2014
The Zimzum of Love
and his new Oprah Network TV show, Rob Bell broadens his focus but it’s all spiritual
As Rob and Kristen Bell’s book, "The Zimzum of Love: A New Way of Understanding...
November 12, 2014
The Season of the Nativity
is a trove of ideas for fellow Advent extremists
I've always loved Christmas. Growing up in an atheist ex-Christian household, though, the religious aspects...
August 13, 2014
brings the timely dystopian novel fully and compellingly to life on screen
What The Giver says, emphatically, is that emotions are part of our humanness, and that...
June 25, 2014
From Dinner Church to Neighborhood Hub, Building Community Through Working Side by Side
Working side by side making a meal, breaking bread, eating and sharing conversation around the...
March 26, 2014
Religious Freedom in America Isn’t Threatened — Not Even Close
This month's topic in the Patheos Public Square is: "Is Religious Freedom Threatened?" Please read...
March 21, 2014
Young Nun Singing on The Voice; Says “God Doesn’t Take Anything Away from Us” [VIDEO]
A cute young nun, Sister Cristina, auditions for the Italian version of The Voice, singing...
October 29, 2013
Hurricane Sandy, the relative nature of suffering, and the fragility of urban community
A reflection, at the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy's landfall in New York, on experiencing...
October 07, 2013
Amanda Palmer nails what’s wrong with Sinead O’Conner’s comments on Miley Cyrus
Sinead O'Conner "open letter" to Miley Cyrus bothered me with its assertion that the world...
August 05, 2013
Join Me at Wild Goose This Week! — spirituality, great music, social justice and amazing fellowship
I'll be presenting a session at Wild Goose near Asheville, North Carolina this Saturday on meditation for Christians....
May 23, 2013
5 Ways to Get Outdoors More This Summer
You can add serenity to your life and connect more closely with God's creation by...
May 03, 2013
Exploring spiritual life and motherhood with Ginny Moyer’s great new book, Random MOMents of Grace
Being a new parent may be the greatest challenge to spiritual groundedness. In her new...
April 25, 2013
Life with food — the moving spiritual memoir
Recipe for Joy
A review of Robin Davis' spiritual memoir, Recipe for Joy: A Stepmom's Story of Finding...
March 22, 2013
The not-so-Christian roots of hot cross buns — with a recipe
Food traditions establish sense memories, which are the strongest kind. Marking annual events with specific...
February 23, 2013
Lincoln, a review — and a reflection on dead history and dull worship
Lincoln's core premise seems to be this: presentations of history should be slow and dull,...
February 21, 2013
Just give — my Lenten practice of giving to every beggar
About five years ago, I got the idea to fast from judging whether or not...
February 15, 2013
Slow of speech and tongue — reflections on being an introvert and the book Quiet
As an introvert, I am restored and recharged by time alone, and depleted, often in...
February 13, 2013
Valentine’s Day is not for me — Is it for anyone?
Valentine's Day is for those courting, maybe. It's probably not for people already in relationships....
February 12, 2013
Mardi Gras, pancakes and a new tradition
I consider turning a one-time thing into a new Mardi Gras tradition...
January 18, 2013
Can John Galliano — in recovery and contrite — be forgiven?
Is there life for high fashion's ultimate bad boy John Galliano after his anti-Semitic remarks...
January 16, 2013
Britain’s Leading Evangelical Steve Chalke Endorses Same-sex Unions and More [VIDEO]
Britain's most prominent evangelical, Steve Chalke, has publicly thrown himself and his entire megachurch organization...
January 08, 2013
My first 100 posts
My Patheos blog is only five months old, so a "Best of 2012" would be...
January 01, 2013
Do Not Start Fresh for the New Year
There is a New Year's lie that, just like hanging a fresh calendar on the...
December 25, 2012
Claudio Monteverdi’s Christe Redemptor
My favorite recording of my favorite piece of music: Claudio Monteverdi's Christe Redemptor.
December 24, 2012
Merry Christmas, Baby — from Christina Aguilera and me [VIDEO]
Here's an early Christmas gift for you: the best voice in popular music, Christina Aguilera,...
December 23, 2012
Happy Festivus! Now about that Airing of Grievances…
Festivus, celebrated on December 23, is the ultimate postmodern holiday. It's ironic not only in...
December 19, 2012
6 Tips for Making It Through Christmas Family Gatherings
If you are heading into an uncomfortable family situation this week, here are 6 simple...
December 18, 2012
The difference between Santa, God, Spiderman and the Spanish Inquisition
This Venn diagram explains the difference between Santa, God, Spiderman and the Spanish Inquisition. :-)
December 17, 2012
Home for The Holidays When A Parent Is An Alcoholic or Addict
Are you going home or having family over for Christmas with trepidation because it means...
December 16, 2012
Gaudete Sunday after the Sandy Hook school shooting
How do we celebrate Gaudete Sunday, which means Rejoice Sunday, after the Sandy Hook shooting?...
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