On Praying with Beads: A Q&A with Author Kristen Vincent


“In the early church Christians used pebbles and stones to help them “pray without ceasing.” That practice evolved into using knotted rope, and later, strings of beads, which is how the rosary came into being. That happened long before there were “Catholics” and “Protestants.” Had we lived back in the Middle Ages we would have [Read More...]

How Oneness Changes Everything: A Q&A with Author Ratanjit Sondhe

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“I realized that I was not the CEO, our values were our CEO. We made a list of our values and when we made a decision, we evaluated them against not my opinion but our values. As a result we made many decisions that I might not have made on my own and we had [Read More...]

Teach Us to Want: A Book Review


In a culture where our wants and needs often become indistinguishable, God spends a lot of time listening to people who only talk about themselves – protect me, comfort me, heal or fix me, give me, etc. Sometimes this gets folded right into our faith lives like onions and green pepper into an omelet. On [Read More...]

Got Religion? A Q&A with Naomi Schaefer Riley


“If you have been reading the surveys and looking around at your own congregation and thinking that the average age of the people in the pews seems to be creeping up, Got Religion? will help sort out some of the data, but it will also provide some suggestions for ways that other congregations of various religious stripes [Read More...]

If I Had Lunch with C. S. Lewis: Asking the Big Questions


I’ll begin with a confession: I’ve never been able to “get into” C. S. Lewis. As a child, the Narnia stories never held the magic for me that they did for my friends, and as an adult, despite committing myself to The Space Trilogy, The Screwtape Letters, Mere Christianity, and The Great Divorce, I just [Read More...]

Sharing a Common Faith: Reflections on Saffron Cross and Interfaith Marriage

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My endorsement of Rev. Dana Trent’s wonderful new book, Saffron Cross, appears on the book’s back cover, so I’m not going to praise the book or encourage you to read it other than to say this is a great book and you should read it. Nor am I going to critique the book, because there [Read More...]

Evangelizing in a Virtual World: A Review of Mediating Faith


When I was writing my doctoral dissertation on the impact of the Internet on practices of evangelism, Lutheran pastor Clint Schnekloth’s Mediating Faith: Faith Formation in a Trans-Media Era is the book I always wished existed but never could find. The vast majority of texts on the relationship between Christians and technology treat technology as [Read More...]