Thin places and the experience of beauty


 A friend brought this RELEVANT article to my attention. You'll have to be the judge of whether it is, in fact, relevant, but it does give me the opportunity to talk about something I don't think I've explicitly written about.In the article, entitled, "How Being an Atheist Made Me a Better Christian," Mike McHargue writes of his loss of faith when, one day while praying, he realized God was not there. Many of us can relate to this. I was eager to discover how he found his way … [Read more...]

BREAKING: White Evangelical Protestants among least compassionate on immigration crisis


A new report published today by Public Religion Research Institute found that white Evangelical Protestants are among the least willing to extend shelter and support to children arriving from Central America without their parents. Thirty-nine percent felt they should be deported immediately.In fairness, a majority of white Evangelical Protestants (56%) still do believe that these children should be offered shelter and support while their cases are being decided, which is super sweet of them. … [Read more...]

How we help each other grow

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Several rich conversations converged today and it's too good not to share.In a Facebook thread today I read this quote. When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, … [Read more...]

Rejecting faith in righteousness

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Yesterday I read this very moving story, by the intelligent and courageous Lala Stone entitled, "How I Went from Being a Southern Baptist Preacher's Daughter to an Open Atheist."It's a heartbreaking story that I hope atheists and Christians will both read, for the same reason in different directions. Through the telling of stories we deepen our understanding, empathy and compassion. Ms. Stone's story is her own and while many people, myself included, trace similar themes in our own stories, … [Read more...]

If the Whole World Was a Passenger Train

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In July 2014, we scorched—uh, froze—the sky. In an attempt to correct the warming of the planet scientists set off a new ice age that kills everyone, except 1000 people who board the Snowpiercer, a train bound for nowhere. No one can live more than a minute or two outside the ark of safety.This thrilling and thought-provoking film is the latest vision from Korean filmmaker, Joon-ho Bong, and it takes on so many issues in a creative way that if you see it once you’ll likely want to see it agai … [Read more...]

An interview with Brian McLaren


I first met Brian McLaren in the early 2000s as the not retired Emergent Village was getting off the ground. In fact the first time we sat together was at Villanova University where we heard the late Jaques Derrida speak, at the invitation of John Caputo, about St. Augustine and deconstruction. I didn't understand a word he said.Our friendship continued through the years and Brian's sharp, inquisitive thinking and warm disposition has been a lifeline to me as I tried to make sense of my … [Read more...]