Rooted: God Has Hands [Jim Kast-Keat]


Hands It was an especially windy day in Jerusalem.The followers of Jesus had gathered together, unsure of their next step in living into this “age to come” that their recently departed leader had told them was at hand. And then, filled with the breath of God, they are inspired (which literally means “with breath”) to live as the people of God in a radically new way.They feed the hungry, care for the poor, and attend to any among them who has need. They see the world around them and inste … [Read more...]

Rooted: Sacrament to the World [Nick Coates]


 There’s a few every Sunday morning. Usually, when I look out at the congregation everything looks a little blurry, but a few faces typically stand. And while I’d love for these to be the faces of those with rapt attention, nodding along, grunting their primordial ‘amen’s!,’ these are the faces belonging to the people who have never been to a liturgical worship service before, and clearly have no idea what’s going on.You can tell by the combined look of confusion and wonder. Its prob … [Read more...]

Rooted: The Apophatic City [Daniel Karistai]


 From time to time I enjoy playing “tourist” in my city, New Orleans.And given that we receive several million tourists every year that’s not a difficult thing to do. If I’m with my wife we will usually find something new to do, but when I’m alone I have a little bit of a ritual. I’ll hit one of my favorite coffee shops behind the cathedral on Royal Street. It’s really quite a place. You walk down a little bit of an alley and you enter into this European style courtyard. Even though … [Read more...]

Rooted: Making Missional Families [Mandy Meisenheimer]


Every week I deliver a Children’s Message during the worship hour at our church. The children march to the front of the sanctuary where I try my best to impart a bit of wisdom and Word in less than five minutes. It is my second favorite five minutes of the week - second only to my first cup of coffee on Monday morning. The kids are hilarious. I use props. And I slip in some of my biggest questions because kids know stuff and they are very good at clarifying things.Why can’t we see God … [Read more...]

Rooted: Missional in Suburbia [KrisAnne Swartley]


Nine days out of ten, I feel like I am walking upstream, fighting a current that is twice as strong as my legs. I am a “missional pastor” in one of the wealthiest counties in Pennsylvania. Ours is the land of McMansions, SUVs, competitive kids’ sports leagues, malls and big box stores. My township does not have sidewalks. A classic missional practice - “walk your neighborhood!” - means taking my life in my hands as cars zip past me at 50+ miles an hour. The most sustained interaction I have had w … [Read more...]

Rooted: Missional as Creative Christianity


Today we begin a month-long series here on the blog called "Rooted: Revisiting Missional Church." And I want to kick things off by recasting the concept of missional as something I call Creative Christianity. A while ago I tweeted this: problem with how the concept of missional has been utilized by the North American church over the last 10-15 years is the inevitable drift toward programming and commodifying it. In other words, m … [Read more...]

PROOF That Al Mohler is Right About Yoga (and It Doesn’t Matter)

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On a recent podcast, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Al Mohler enlisted the research and expertise of Candy Gunther Brown to prove that he is, in fact, right about yoga.And guess what?He is.If you're shocked that I would say such a thing, on the Patheos Progressive Christian Channel no less, let me make something clear. I have not had a recent conversion experience. I am not switching teams, joining an Acts 29 church, subscribing to The Blaze, and making donations to … [Read more...]

The Best Christian Dating Site EVER:

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Is this a parody? BECAUSE IT ALMOST ISN'T! Here are parts 1 and 2 of the hilarious spoof by Tripp & Tyler:Part 1:Part 2: What do you think? Is this a startlingly accurate take on dating in Christian Culture? … [Read more...]