My bishop-at-large Brian Zahnd wrote yesterday comparing the story of Mary losing young Jesus in Jerusalem to his own faith-experience of losing Jesus. He writes: Losing Jesus. Finding Jesus. Rethinking Jesus. This is how we make spiritual progress. This is the only way we make spiritual progress! Yes! This is exactly my experience, and it’s at the heart of discovering what it means to be Jesus-centered anew and afresh. In fact, this is also at the heart of what it means to be… Read more

At The Atlantic today, Emma Green astutely comments on the famous chorus in the beloved carol O Come All Ye Faithful – “Oh come let us adore him”: Adore is a curious word. In English, it’s become a cutesy toss-off, best used around baby chicks (“Adoooorable!”) or under-$50 Christmas presents (“Oh, I just adore Yankee Christmas Candles!”). It denotes obsession, but in a sugar-high kind of way—a burst of intense affection that doesn’t necessarily reach the depths of the soul. But the word comes… Read more

The following is a post by Tristan Sherwin taken from his book, Love Expressed. It must have been a picture – the pool of Bethesda mentioned by the writer of the fourth Gospel, as described in John chapter 5. A pool of water, mainly stagnant, surrounded by five covered porches, under which sat crowds (John’s words, not mine) of sick people – blind, lame, paralysed. All of them are waiting for one thing; ‘a certain movement of the water’ – this… Read more

Yesterday, Yale theologian (and one of my theological leading lights) Miroslav Volf responded to the recent suspension of Professor Larycia Hawkins by Wheaton College. Hawkins wore a hijab to stand in solidarity with innocent Muslims who are increasingly targeted by harsh rhetoric and even violence because of jihadist terrorism. But that’s not why Hawkins was suspended. She was suspended for saying that she, an evangelical Christian, and Muslims “worship the same God.” Volf has, of course, written the book on the… Read more

One of the best books I read this year was Redeeming Sex by my friend Debra Hirsch – which may as well have added the subtitle From Harmful Evangelical Categories, because that’s exactly what the book accomplishes.  It’s important to note from the outset that Deb’s book is written from within and, to some degree, to the evangelical community. In other words, there are biblical and theological assumptions and commitments that Deb brings to this work that other writers and… Read more

During 2015, I didn’t do very much blogging here at Patheos.  In fact, I quit for a little while, and then came back with an attempt at a new direction that just didn’t take. It was a bit of a disorienting year, and the last couple months were especially disorienting. But disorientation can be good. Because it is often precisely the thing that clears out old perspectives to make way for fresh vision.  And that fresh vision is coming, slow… Read more

As I relaunch this blog as Faithfindings, I want to designate a space here for posts by and about the New Charismatics. But who are the New Charismatics, you ask? I wrote this piece for Onfaith a few months ago that gives at least a summary glance at what I mean by the term. It’s not a formal category (you know, like Southern Baptist or Episcopalian), but it is descriptive of a stream, a movement of sorts, that a growing… Read more

I’ve been hesitant to weigh in, significantly at least, on the Paris attacks and the events that have followed – including the inevitable military counterpunch from France in the form of airstrikes on Syria, and the news of U.S. governors refusing Syrian refugees because of perceived security risks. But I’ve heard a few voices (amidst the online din) that have stood out for their clarity and Jesus-centeredness, and I wanted to share them here. The day after the attacks, Bruxy Cavey… Read more

This is a guess post by Thomas Jay Oord – be sure to check out his new book, The Uncontrolling Love of God. The story of Goldilocks and the three bears can help us think well about God’s power. Some theologians in Christian history have thought divine power means that God controls everything. They like to use the phrase, “God is sovereign.” Paul Kjoss Helseth, a contemporary advocate of the view, calls the view “divine omnicausality,” because God alone causes,… Read more

Yesterday I shared Doug Pagitt’s list about progressive evangelicals at Onfaith. My comments may have been interpreted as critique, but that’s actually not how I intended them. The fact is, perhaps for the first time ever, I find myself making peace with the idea of being a “progressive evangelical.” I’ve resisted it in the past because of the politicization of the word “progressive” – which, by the way, Doug does a perfect job of expressing in his piece. “Progressive” can be… Read more

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