Santa Claus Training, Part 2


[This is the second in a series of posts on the real Santa Claus by Adam English, author of the new book The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus, now featured at the Patheos Book Club.] When I stepped off the plane for the first time in Bari, Italy, I was only vaguely aware of what I was doing. I [Read More...]

The Key to Christmas

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By Catherine Wiecher Brunell, author of Becoming Catholic, Again Most of my parenting mistakes fall into two broad categories. Sometimes I am overzealous, other times I am inexperienced. The worst is when both of these categories apply: I throttle into a situation for which I am unprepared. This combination has resulted in the worst of [Read More...]

Giving Thanks for the Saints


By Chris Haw Author, From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart: Rekindling My Love for Catholicism I give thanks here not for a person, but for a beloved ritual at my Church. The month of November, in the Catholic tradition, is the month of remembrance. Beginning this month, on All Saints Day, we kneel while our [Read More...]

Santa Claus Training: Part 1


[This is the first in a series of posts on the real Santa Claus by Adam English, the author of the new book The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus, now featured at the Patheos Book Club.] One time, as a personal favor to a good friend, I agreed to don a Santa suit and [Read More...]

What Does Christian Leadership Look Like?


We live in chameleon times. We like to think of ourselves as decent people but don’t shake that up by shining a light on our daily lives. We say we believe in family values but don’t keep score of how many marriages or “significant” relationships we go through like popcorn. We want integrity in leadership [Read More...]

Rob Bell and a New Christianity: A Q&A with Author James Wellman


Subversive, celebrity, radical, heretic … these are all adjectives that have been used to describe enigmatic religious leader Rob Bell. Popular pastor of the megachurch Mars Hill, Bell became one of the brightest rising stars in the evangelical world, but his penchant for theological questioning and boundary-pushing of the Gospel message, combined with unorthodox ways [Read More...]

Becoming Catholic, Again: A Q&A with Catherine Brunell


This month at the Patheos Book Club, we’re featuring the new book Becoming Catholic, Again: Connecting the Faith We Were Taught with the Faith We Live. Author Catherine Wiecher Brunell, a 30-something mother of four, wrote the book partly in response to her own growing tensions with her tradition as she grappled with the teachings [Read More...]