Friends (at least those of you who are still checking this blog from time to time), I’ve done this once before, but the time has come to seal the deal, for real. It’s time to officially say, “Farewell.” I came to the Patheos Progressive Christian channel to work out a faith transition that was happening in my own life, and, I think at least to an extent, in the church at large. While I’ve never been particularly stoked on the… Read more

This article has appeared at Onfaith & ChristianWeek. There is a groundswell taking place, a grassroots Christian movement if you will, that centers on renewing charismatic and Pentecostal faith for the twenty-first century. And I think this movement just might be the most exciting area of emergence in the American church today. While this groundswell is diverse, there are some common threads that I want to identify and celebrate. Some of us who are a part of this growing trend… Read more

This is a guest post by Melanie Dale. Her new book It’s Not Fair launches today – and it’s great! “You just have to have faith.” “Pray harder.” “Fast more selflessly.” “Wait on God more patiently.” I had big gold stars by all the Christian categories of waiting, and my uterus was still a barren wasteland. I was the man by the pool waiting for a miracle, and day after day, my miracle didn’t come. What do you do when… Read more

Last week I came across this trailer for the brand new movie Hacksaw Ridge, starring Andrew Garfield and Sam Worthington. And it’s basically the gospel of peace displayed in stark relief on the silver screen: I had a strong emotional response to the trailer, first and foremost because the commitment to nonviolence in the thick of the world’s worst war is downright stunning, and because the way the character holds that commitment in a nonjudgmental and self-sacrificial manner is likewise… Read more

The first decade of the 2000’s was a pivotal one for American Christianity, with a palpable sense that the culture was rapidly shifting all around us. And this sense triggered a flood of thinking and writing on how the church must lean into that shift, especially in the ways we do church. Words like emerging, missional, and incarnational were used to describe the new thing that seemed to be happening. And all of these held an interesting attribute in common:… Read more

He who loves his dream of community more than the Christian community itself becomes a destroyer of the latter, even though his personal intentions may be ever so honest and earnest and sacrificial. This quote, from Bonhoeffer’s classic Life Together, is also part of a chapter from a new book of essays entitled Called To Community (ed. Charles E. Moore). You can check out the current Patheos Book Club happening around this book here. Bonhoeffer’s essay centers on the subject of idealism,… Read more

The following is an excerpt from the last chapter of Brian Zahnd’s brand new memoir Water To Wine. It’s been an honor to feature excerpts here over the last couple months, and I cannot recommend this book enough. Chapter 9 gives us a powerful, personal plea to “Come with me”: I prayed this prayer, “O God, I want to dedicate the rest of my life to knowing you as you are revealed in Christ. As much as I can mean anything in a… Read more

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 8 of Brian Zahnd’s brand new memoir Water To Wine. Brian has been gracious enough to let me share portions from each chapter every week for the next couple months. Chapter 8 offers a beautiful creation-centric vision of recovering Christian mysticism: When Karl Rahner predicted that “the devout Christian of the future will either be a mystic or he will cease to be anything at all” he was keenly prescient. Indeed, the hope for vibrant Christianity… Read more

The following is a guest post by A.J. Swoboda, a pastor, professor, and author from Portland, OR. His new book, The Dusty Ones, is on sale now. There’s that old story of the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer. One day, Mr. Schopenhauer walked down the street only to bump into, head on, another pedestrian who walked casually without paying attention to where they were going. Totally involved in his own self-involvement, the pedestrian asked Schopenhauer, “Who do you think you are?”… Read more

In a wonderful op-ed for The Guardian, Canon Giles Fraser talks about what Easter and resurrection mean for his centuries-old parish in South London: On Sunday morning, just before dawn, a group of us gathered outside church and kindled a small bonfire. From there we passed the flame to a large candle and processed it into the nave – the tentative, flickering light illuminating the dark corners of the building. And from that large candle, we all lit our own… Read more

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