God and the Gay Christian: A Q&A with Matthew Vines

“Jesus indicates in the Sermon on the Mount that good teachings should bear good fruit. The consequences of the evangelical church’s categorical rejection of same-sex relationships have been anything but good: higher likelihoods of depression, illegal drug use, relational brokenness, and suicide. Those are all red flags that opposing same-sex marriage isn’t the best understanding [Read More…]

Embracing New Media with Hope: A Review of “Mediating Faith”

By Beth Davies-Stofka Is social media a means of grace? It can be. Is the Spirit in the network, mediating divine grace in places like Facebook and Second Life? According to Clint Schnekloth, the Trinity is already working in and through our social media. In Mediating Faith (Fortress Press, $29.00), Schnekloth argues that “social media offers [Read More…]

Mediating Faith: A Q&A with Clint Schnekloth

“I feel like it is time for those of us with a passion for mediating realities like bookishness and gaming to engage what that means for the life of faith. I wanted to write a book that brought together science fiction and faith formation, role-playing and the catechumenate.” — Clint Schnekloth, author, Mediating Faith Popular [Read More…]

Jesus Feminist: Redefining Biblical Womanhood

Jesus Feminist is exciting and new not primarily for its take on feminism, but for Bessey’s powerful, cutting, and deeply biblical vision of a world where any calling from God for any person at any place is possible and should be allowed free reign. [Read more…]

Jesus Feminist: A Conversation with Sarah Bessey

“When else in the world would anybody have cared about what some happy clappy mum from western Canada thinks about the church and faith and scripture and theology? Uh, never, absolutely never.”  That’s author and blogger Sarah Bessey, responding to my comment about the rise in popularity of a growing number of young women authors, [Read More…]

A Q&A with N. T. Wright, author of Paul and the Faithfulness of God

This month in the Patheos Book Club, we’re reading renowned New Testament scholar N. T. Wright’s “magnum opus,” Paul and the Faithfulness of God. Wright answered some questions for us about his passion for Paul, and the scope and hope of this epic project. It is truly not an exaggeration to say Paul and the Faithfulness of [Read More…]

Animate: Coming Out as Apophatic

By Lillian Daniel, author and contributor to animate.Faith Gathered in a cozy living room, our little church group watched the Animate DVDs over eight weeks. We dug into the deep theological questions as we got to learn more about God, each other and the vagaries of our host’s temperamental toilet. In the first DVD, the [Read More…]