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 behind same-sex unions, and acceptance of homosexuals generally, insisting his view is compatible with his evangelical faith and scripturally sound. Watch the video and read excerpts of his statement here. [Read more…]

My first 100 posts

My Patheos blog is only five months old, so a “Best of 2012” would be a bit much, but I’ve done exactly 100 posts, which is a good reason to pause a moment and look back. [Read more…]

Do Not Start Fresh for the New Year

There is a New Year’s lie that, just like hanging a fresh calendar on the wall, we too can start over. Make a resolution. Decide that this year will be different. Somehow reset our lives and start fresh. Us 2.0. Thinking that deciding to change and changing are the same thing. The truth is that our less positive habits, like lily pads floating on a pond, are rooted deep down in the muck… [Read more…]

Claudio Monteverdi’s Christe Redemptor

My favorite recording of my favorite piece of music: Claudio Monteverdi’s Christe Redemptor. [Read more…]

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, with the most amazing vocal of her career, and it’s a Christmas song! Whether you like pop or not, you will love this. [VIDEO] [Read more…]

Happy Festivus! Now about that Airing of Grievances…

Festivus, celebrated on December 23, is the ultimate postmodern holiday. It’s ironic not only in how it’s executed but in its very inception. It’s a sarcastic spoof of family holidays, with a bitter slant — making a joke out of how unpleasant they can often be. [Read more…]

6 Tips for Making It Through Christmas Family Gatherings

If you are heading into an uncomfortable family situation this week, here are 6 simple tips to help you make it through. I learned them through hard-fought experience. I hope they’re helpful. [Read more…]

The difference between Santa, God, Spiderman and the Spanish Inquisition

This Venn diagram explains the difference between Santa, God, Spiderman and the Spanish Inquisition. :-) [Read more…]

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 dealing with an alcoholic parent? Are you not going home for Christmas because, after years of discomfort, you’re not willing to put up with it anymore? [Read more…]

Gaudete Sunday after the Sandy Hook school shooting

How do we celebrate Gaudete Sunday, which means Rejoice Sunday, after the Sandy Hook shooting? By following the counsel of today’s reading and looking to what’s true and honorable, like teacher Victoria Soto who gave her life to protect her students. [Read more…]


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