Wednesday Sermon: Mary Visits Elizabeth: Birthing the Mystery of God’s Love

Pastors have a frequent question when they begin to discover mimetic theory. “That’s great. But how does it preach?” Reverends Laura and Tom Truby show that mimetic theory is a powerful tool that enables pastors to preach the Gospel in a way that is meaningful and refreshing to the modern world. Each Wednesday, Teaching Nonviolent Atonement will highlight Tom’s sermons as an example of preaching the Gospel through mimetic theory. In this sermon, Laura and Tom reflect upon Mary's visit to Elizab … [Read more...]

Dear White People: Why I am Racist and So Are You

          Dear White People,For the last 10 years I have led a church mission trip to Edisto Island, South Carolina. For me, it’s one of the best weeks of the year. I take a bunch of kids from a Chicago suburb to run an educational day camp for children on the island.One of my favorite things about Edisto Island is Allen African Methodist Episcopal Church. We attend worship at Allen during the b … [Read more...]

Tony Campolo: The Christian Morality of Gay and Lesbian Inclusion

There is a new movement happening among Evangelicals. “Behold,” God says through the prophet Isaiah, “I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” The old movement was based on excluding gays and lesbians from the church, using the Bible in an idolatrous way that demeaned and rejected them. But now Evangelicals are waking up to the new thing that God is doing in the world. Fortunately, more Evangelicals are … [Read more...]

The Day She Came Out: Why Rob Bell is Right and the Church is Being Left Behind

She was one of the best students I’ve ever had in a youth group. She’s funny, smart, friendly, warm, and likeable. She exerted a quiet sense of confident leadership among her peers and she’s serious about following Jesus. She’s everything that a pastor would want in a member of a youth group.And I’ll never forget the day she told our youth group that she’s a lesbian.My God I love that girl.And so did our youth group. Girls and boys listened attentively as she described her experience … [Read more...]

Don’t Tell Me that God Is In Control: On Sovereignty, Tragedy, and Sin

“God is in control.”The statement comforts many people because deep down we know that we are not in control. We can do everything we can to protect ourselves and our families, but we know that despite our best efforts, tragedy can strike at any moment. And so it’s comforting to believe that if we aren’t in control, Someone else is.But something inside of me recoils whenever I hear the phrase, “God is in control.” Many believe that God’s sovereignty means that God is behind everything that … [Read more...]

Two Things the Hobby Lobby Case Tells Us about Politics and Being Christian

Since the Hobby Lobby case, I have learned two things about being Christian.First, being Christian means that you are right and that the other side is not only wrong, but a detriment to American freedom. Conservatives are boasting that their victory over liberals is a “welcoming gesture not only toward religious freedom, but also freedom of conscience.” The blog Seasons of Grace asks that we join the author “in a prayer of thanks at this ruling.” Joining in prayer is all well and good, but ap … [Read more...]