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November 22, 2014
Is the Emerging Church Relevant? [Liveblog]
This week I'm at AAR/SBL, and I'm liveblogging some of the sessions I'm attending. This...
November 14, 2014
Am I Afraid of Atheism?
Revolution Church — which was founded by Jay Bakker and has followed him from Phoenix...
October 24, 2014
Study Shows Emergent Is Not As Liberal As You Thought
Just when you thought emergent was dead, scholars are showing that it's very much alive...
October 20, 2014
Doctrine DOES Change
Over the last two weeks, Pope Francis made some courageous steps in dragging the Catholic...
October 02, 2014
The Art of Events
Putting together the roster of speakers for an event is an art, not a science....
February 06, 2014
Here, in living color, we see the church's failure to engage an entire generation: The...
January 13, 2014
One of the Most Sacred Encounters I’ve Ever Had
The Reverend Joy Bennett serving me communion on August 30, 2012. It happened on August...
January 10, 2014
God Has Died…And He Has a Wonderful Plan for Your Life
I'm at Christianity21 this week, a gathering produced by Doug Pagitt, Sarah Cunningham, and Your...
November 29, 2013
Save $100 on Black Friday!
This is our best deal ever on Christianity21 and Progressive Youth Ministry. Use the coupon...
November 29, 2013
Field Notes from the Schism
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving. If you're here in the States, I hope you did,...
November 27, 2013
Maybe “Schism” Was the Wrong Word
My post from last Friday continues to generate passionate responses from all sides. I've gotten...
November 26, 2013
Steps for the Schism
I've gotten many emails about my call for schism over the role of women in...
November 22, 2013
It’s Time for a Schism Regarding Women in the Church
I don't take this lightly. I very much take Jesus' prayer for unity in the...
October 12, 2013
Do You Have To Be a Good Person To Be a Good Theologian?
That's what Mark Oppenheimer asks as he reports on the troubled legacy of John Howard...
October 02, 2013
Who’s Lightin’ It Up? The Burner Blog
A couple weeks ago, I started a Hump Day Series called "Got It Goin' On."...
October 02, 2013
What the Church Can Learn about Millennials from Small Batch Distilleries
I'll admit that sometimes I feel that I've walked out of a Portlandia sketch. I'm...
August 09, 2013
When I Canceled Sunday School
When I started as the Minister to Youth & Young Adults at Colonial Church in...
August 07, 2013
Why Sunday School Sucks
All this week, as part of Patheos's "Passing on the Faith" series, I'm writing about...
August 06, 2013
Postmoderns Have Nothing To Teach Our Children (and other fables)
I just got back from a week at a dude ranch in Colorado. It was...
July 23, 2013
Christians Loving Witches
That's what Pastor Phil Wyman and his small congregation have been trying to do for...
July 20, 2013
The Theological Left Is Rising
This will come as no surprise to readers of this blog, but it's time to...
July 19, 2013
Two Bad Views on What Happens When You Die
Two super-popular Christian leaders have recently made public statements about what happens when you die....
July 13, 2013
I Promise, This Doesn’t Suck [VIDEO]
July 08, 2013
Church of England Quietly Reversing Course on Women Bishops
(Reuters) - The Church of England published a plan on Friday to approve the ordination...
July 06, 2013
Kierkegaard Wants a New Church
This is the second of two excerpts from a book that I happily endorsed: Emerging...
June 25, 2013
On Retiring a Sermon
Unlike a lot of you, I don't have to prepare a sermon each week. In...
June 17, 2013
Sermons You Won’t Hear in Church
Geez Magazine is running their second sermon contest: 30 (More) Sermons You'll Never Hear in...
May 20, 2013
Get Your Animate On
All this week, animate.faith is the focus of the Patheos Book Club. It's a product...
May 01, 2013
Don’t Call Me “Pastor”
When I talk to journalists, I regularly need to ask them not to refer to...
April 24, 2013
Whaddya Say We Get Honest about Labels?
This morning on Marketplace Morning Report, Krissy Clark filed a story entitled, "What Does 'Welfare'...
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