What is God’s Favorite Place on Earth? A Q&A with Author Frank Viola

This week, one of Patheos’ favorite bloggers, Frank Viola, releases his new book God’s Favorite Place on Earth. Recommended by some 47 top Christian leaders, Viola’s book is a creative retelling of the stories of Bethany, told through the eyes of Lazarus. The premise of the book is simple and 100% Biblical: when Jesus was on the [Read More…]

8 Lessons Concerning Mental Illness

I hope we’ll also take a moment to learn a little more about the pervasive and serious nature of mental illness–and perhaps begin to speak more freely and surround suffering people with loving community. [Read more…]

The Secrets of Leaven: A Q&A with Author Todd Wynward

What would an underground group of desert-tested holy radicals look like today? What hope could they give a weary world? [Read more…]

Angels in the Making?

{This post is part of a roundtable conversation on the new book In the Presence of Angels, by Andrea R. Garrison.} In the Presence of Angels and the Way of Blessing Andrea Garrison presents the vision of an enchanted and inspired universe in her delightful text, In the Presence of Angels. As I sat at my local [Read More…]

In the Presence of Angels: A Q&A with Andrea Garrison

So many people are afraid of dying, so much so that they do not truly enjoy life. When I was doing home hospice care with my mom, it was never about death and dying. It was always about loving, giving, living and embracing life to the fullest at every single moment. [Read more…]

God’s Favorite Place on Earth

The point of “God’s Favorite Place on Earth” lies in Frank Viola’s premise that the heart (core) of every Christian should be a place where Jesus knows He has intimacy, joy and sabbath; he writes because many do not, maybe they are unaware or are playing shallow for many reasons. [Read more…]

More or Less: Taking Stock of our Stuff

Author Jeff Shinabarger wouldn’t care if we got so enamored with doing the things here that we never took the time to finish his book. Much of Christianity involves doing; merely believing falls short. “Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving ourselves.” (James 1:22) [Read more…]