Patheos Featured Writers

Carl Gregg

The Rev. J. Carl Gregg (B.A., M.Div.) is a New York Times-reading, vegetarian-eating, progressive Christian, who also loves Centering Prayer, reading theology, and praying-by-biking-to-work. He has been the Associate Pastor at Northminster Church in Monroe, Louisiana since May 2003. A graduate of the Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction program at San Francisco Theological Seminary, he is currently working on the dissertation for his Doctor of Ministry. He has taught "Introduction to the Old Testament" as an Adjunct Professor of Religion at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and is a former board member of the Alliance of Baptists. He and his wife Magin are the proud parents of two cats (Pepper Poe and Kol Nidre) and a dog (Dobby).

Works by Carl Gregg
Building a New Mythology
Carl Gregg | March 21, 2022
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Top 10 Best Books Read in 2021
Carl Gregg | December 31, 2021
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The Past, Present, & Future of Work
Carl Gregg | September 10, 2021
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"Fierce Self-Compassion"
Carl Gregg | August 25, 2021
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Climate Justice, Courage, & Hope
Carl Gregg | June 20, 2021
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Love, Rage, & Radical Dharma
Carl Gregg | February 01, 2021
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“Martin & Malcolm & America”
Carl Gregg | January 18, 2021
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How to Find Meaning in Life
Carl Gregg | January 05, 2021
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Top 10 Best Books Read in 2020
Carl Gregg | December 30, 2020
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How to Reimagine Your Life during a Pandemic
Carl Gregg | March 31, 2020
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The Love of Wisdom & the Wisdom of Love
Carl Gregg | February 06, 2020
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Marie Kondo, Animism, & Changing Your Life
Carl Gregg | January 09, 2020
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Top 10 Best Books Read this Decade: 2010-2019
Carl Gregg | December 29, 2019
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Top 10 Best Books Read in 2019
Carl Gregg | December 28, 2019
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How Democracies Die & An Education in Hope
Carl Gregg | November 04, 2019
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Earthrise, Big History, & Deep Time
Carl Gregg | October 24, 2019
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"This Life: Secular Faith & Spiritual Freedom"
Carl Gregg | September 24, 2019
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How to be "10% Happier”
Carl Gregg | September 17, 2019
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"We the Corporations?!"
Carl Gregg | January 31, 2019
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MLK’s Dreams & Legacies: Who Is Forming You?
Carl Gregg | January 21, 2019
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“The Hidden Life of Trees”
Carl Gregg | December 31, 2018
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Top 10 Best Books Read in 2018
Carl Gregg | December 14, 2018
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Sexy Secrets about Religion
Carl Gregg | December 10, 2018
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"The Color of Money"
Carl Gregg | December 06, 2018
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“History Teaches Us To Resist”
Carl Gregg | November 16, 2018
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“The People vs. Democracy”
Carl Gregg | November 05, 2018
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“Being Gendered in the 21st Century”
Carl Gregg | October 03, 2018
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Spooky Action at a Distance
Carl Gregg | June 15, 2018
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”We Are Already Saved from Perfection”
Carl Gregg | June 08, 2018
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Why You Should Watch "Come Sunday" on Netflix
Carl Gregg | April 12, 2018
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“The Dharma of 'The Princess Bride'”
Carl Gregg | January 31, 2018
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"The Price of Monotheism"
Carl Gregg | January 25, 2018
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Top 10 Best Books Read in 2017
Carl Gregg | December 30, 2017
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“Daring Democracy”
Carl Gregg | November 07, 2017
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Immigrants Make America Great
Carl Gregg | October 19, 2017
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Islam in America
Carl Gregg | September 22, 2017
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American Muslims
Carl Gregg | September 21, 2017
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Bioethics, CRISPR, & "Our Children Redesigned"
Carl Gregg | September 13, 2017
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What Do Animals Think & Feel?
Carl Gregg | August 17, 2017
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Is Your Religion "Grown up?"
Carl Gregg | August 11, 2017
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Dissent: For Such a Time as This
Carl Gregg | July 21, 2017
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Dissent
Carl Gregg | July 20, 2017
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Chögyam Trungpa & the Level/Line Fallacy
Carl Gregg | June 15, 2017
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The Religion of the Rose
Carl Gregg | June 08, 2017
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Religion & Truth
Carl Gregg | June 07, 2017
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The Spirituality of Twin Peaks
Carl Gregg | May 23, 2017
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The Legacy of Mary Moody Emerson
Carl Gregg | May 18, 2017
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Countercultural Spirituality, Then & Now
Carl Gregg | May 10, 2017
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What Protests Do (& Don’t) Accomplish
Carl Gregg | April 12, 2017
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What Comes After Buddhism?
Carl Gregg | March 01, 2017
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Why Harriet Tubman Still Matters Today
Carl Gregg | February 24, 2017
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How to Cultivate a Culture of Dignity
Carl Gregg | February 10, 2017
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How Ordinary Spirituality Can Transform Your Life
Carl Gregg | February 01, 2017
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Comparing Religions: Reflexive Re-Readings
Carl Gregg | January 27, 2017
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Reading Thoreau & Resisting Trump
Carl Gregg | January 24, 2017
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Resistance & Resilience for Trump's Inauguration
Carl Gregg | January 19, 2017
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How to Excel at One Hard Thing in 2017
Carl Gregg | January 03, 2017
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Best of 2016: Books, Music, TV, & Podcasts
Carl Gregg | December 31, 2016
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Top 10 Best Podcasts of 2016
Carl Gregg | December 30, 2016
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Top 10 Best Albums Listened to in 2016
Carl Gregg | December 28, 2016
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Top 10 Best Books Read in 2016
Carl Gregg | December 27, 2016
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How to Be Happy (Even in the Age of Trump)
Carl Gregg | December 08, 2016
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What’s Fair? Who Decides?
Carl Gregg | November 22, 2016
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Voting on the Side of Love
Carl Gregg | November 07, 2016
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“Witches of America”
Carl Gregg | November 01, 2016
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Lessons from "Les Mis" in the Age of Trump
Carl Gregg | October 25, 2016
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Top 5 Words for Understanding Trump
Carl Gregg | October 18, 2016
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Trump & Toxic Masculinity
Carl Gregg | September 13, 2016
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Falling Down & Rising Strong
Carl Gregg | August 30, 2016
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Gender Liberation
Carl Gregg | August 23, 2016
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Best Podcasts for Election 2016
Carl Gregg | June 07, 2016
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Evil: Bad Apples or Bad Barrels?
Carl Gregg | April 29, 2016
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The Spirituality of Shakespeare
Carl Gregg | April 12, 2016
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The Spirituality of Doubt
Carl Gregg | February 11, 2016
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Best of 2015: Books, Music, TV, & Podcasts
Carl Gregg | January 01, 2016
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Top 10 Best Podcasts of 2015
Carl Gregg | December 31, 2015
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Best TV Streamed in 2015
Carl Gregg | December 30, 2015
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Top 10 Best Albums Listened to in 2015
Carl Gregg | December 29, 2015
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Top 10 Best Books Read in 2015
Carl Gregg | December 28, 2015
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Are You a Faitheist?
Carl Gregg | December 10, 2015
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Lodro Rinzler’s Millennial Hipster Buddhism
Carl Gregg | November 25, 2015
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“Coming Out of the Broom Closet” #PaganPride
Carl Gregg | September 10, 2015
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"The Peabody Sisters"
Carl Gregg | August 18, 2015
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Practicing Forgiveness
Carl Gregg | June 09, 2015
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"Liberal Religion in the Public Square"
Carl Gregg | June 02, 2015
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Betting on Earth's Future
Carl Gregg | April 22, 2015
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"The Resurrection of Mary Magdalene"
Carl Gregg | April 07, 2015
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"A God That Could Be Real"
Carl Gregg | March 13, 2015
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"The Selma Awakening"
Carl Gregg | March 09, 2015
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The Generosity Path
Carl Gregg | March 05, 2015
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Chocolate for Lent
Carl Gregg | February 18, 2015
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Rosa Parks: The Rest of the Story
Carl Gregg | January 19, 2015
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Building Your Own Ethics
Carl Gregg | January 13, 2015
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How to Make 2015 a "Year of Well-being"
Carl Gregg | January 07, 2015
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Best of 2014: Books, Music, Film, & Podcasts
Carl Gregg | December 30, 2014
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Top 10 Best Podcasts of 2014
Carl Gregg | December 29, 2014
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Top 10 Best Netflix Streamed in 2014
Carl Gregg | December 23, 2014
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Did the Exodus Happen? And What It Means Today
Carl Gregg | December 15, 2014
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Top 10 Best Albums Listened to in 2014
Carl Gregg | December 11, 2014
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New Lectionary Trilogy for Progressive Christians
Carl Gregg | December 10, 2014
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Top 10 Best Books Read in 2014
Carl Gregg | December 02, 2014
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Deeds Not Creeds, Behavior Is Believable
Carl Gregg | November 10, 2014
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The Future of Islam
Carl Gregg | October 29, 2014
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Eve Was Framed, the Serpent Was Right!
Carl Gregg | August 28, 2014
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The Sacred in Music
Carl Gregg | August 21, 2014
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Why Unitarianism?
Carl Gregg | July 24, 2014
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"Find Out How Much Love the World Can Hold"
Carl Gregg | July 08, 2014
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"Bringing the Spiritual to Its Senses"
Carl Gregg | June 23, 2014
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Margaret Fuller: The Stories We Tell Matter
Carl Gregg | June 18, 2014
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Mother’s Day for All
Carl Gregg | May 09, 2014
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Brené Brown and the Gifts of Imperfection
Carl Gregg | April 30, 2014
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Becoming a Buddha, not a Buddhist
Carl Gregg | March 11, 2014
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A Journey with Four Spiritual Guides: Krishna
Carl Gregg | March 06, 2014
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Evolutionary Religion
Carl Gregg | February 10, 2014
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"Help, Thanks, Wow," Part 3 of 3
Carl Gregg | January 31, 2014
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"Help, Thanks, Wow," Part 2 of 3
Carl Gregg | January 30, 2014
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"Help, Thanks, Wow," Part 1 of 3
Carl Gregg | January 29, 2014
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What Is Yours (Not) To Do?
Carl Gregg | January 06, 2014
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Slowing Down for the Holidays
Carl Gregg | December 23, 2013
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Best of 2013: Books, Music, Film, and More
Carl Gregg | December 08, 2013
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Best Podcasts of 2013
Carl Gregg | December 08, 2013
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Best Netflix DVDs Watched in 2013
Carl Gregg | December 08, 2013
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Top 10 “Netflix Instant” Streamed in 2013
Carl Gregg | December 08, 2013
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Top 10 Best Albums Listened to in 2013
Carl Gregg | December 06, 2013
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Top 10 Best Books Read in 2013
Carl Gregg | December 03, 2013
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Living the Questions
Carl Gregg | November 22, 2013
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JFK, Sorenson, and Unitarian Universalism
Carl Gregg | November 21, 2013
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Lost Christianities and Banned Books of the Bible
Carl Gregg | November 13, 2013
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After Trauma & Loss: What (Not) To Say
Carl Gregg | November 07, 2013
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Cisgender and Transgender
Carl Gregg | October 15, 2013
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A Spirituality of Stability
Carl Gregg | October 01, 2013
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Occupy Spirituality
Carl Gregg | September 28, 2013
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The Geography of Memory
Carl Gregg | September 28, 2013
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Building Your Own Theology
Carl Gregg | September 10, 2013
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The Sacred Masculine
Carl Gregg | June 18, 2013
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Summer Reading Recommendations
Carl Gregg | June 10, 2013
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Living the Bhagavad Gita
Carl Gregg | June 10, 2013
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In Defense of My Interfaith Marriage
Carl Gregg | April 10, 2013
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Highlights from Jesus Seminar on the Road
Carl Gregg | April 06, 2013
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Practice Resurrection
Carl Gregg | April 01, 2013
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What Is Our Conveyer Belt? Stages of Faith
Carl Gregg | March 21, 2013
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Preventing Gun Violence
Carl Gregg | March 11, 2013
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Why Is There Something Instead of Nothing?
Carl Gregg | March 04, 2013
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Giving Up Lent (for Lent?!)
Carl Gregg | February 13, 2013
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Future Me: Not All Resolutions Are Created Equal
Carl Gregg | January 08, 2013
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The Best of 2012: Books, Music, Film, and More
Carl Gregg | December 26, 2012
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Top 3 Blog Posts of 2012
Carl Gregg | December 18, 2012
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Best Podcasts of 2012
Carl Gregg | December 18, 2012
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Best Netflix DVDs Watched in 2012
Carl Gregg | December 10, 2012
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Top 10 “Netflix Instant” Streamed in 2012
Carl Gregg | December 10, 2012
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Top 10 Best Albums Listened to in 2012
Carl Gregg | November 27, 2012
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Top 10 Best Books Read in 2012
Carl Gregg | November 26, 2012
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In the Wake of an Election
Carl Gregg | November 13, 2012
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Change We Can Believe In? The Obama Question
Carl Gregg | October 22, 2012
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Do We Need a Moratorium on the Word “God”?
Carl Gregg | October 08, 2012
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Does "The Master" Have Clothes?
Carl Gregg | September 28, 2012
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Water Communion: "A River Runs through It"
Carl Gregg | September 10, 2012
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Is The Book of James Proto-Marxist?
Carl Gregg | September 04, 2012
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Jesus Getting Caught with His Compassion Down
Carl Gregg | September 04, 2012
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On Bullshit: Todd Akin Did Not "Misspeak"
Carl Gregg | August 20, 2012
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The First Source: Direct Experience
Carl Gregg | August 13, 2012
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Everything's A Miracle
Carl Gregg | July 24, 2012
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There Is No "God Particle"
Carl Gregg | July 04, 2012
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From Independence Day to Interdependence
Carl Gregg | July 04, 2012
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Highlights from Church Planter's Academy
Carl Gregg | July 03, 2012
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Sermon Series Retrospective: The Book of J
Carl Gregg | June 28, 2012
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A Remnant Theology of Hope
Carl Gregg | June 21, 2012
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An Honest Memoir: Becoming a Dad, Take 2
Carl Gregg | May 31, 2012
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Noah’s Flood: Climate Change Then & Now
Carl Gregg | May 13, 2012
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Do You Believe in Miracles?
Carl Gregg | May 02, 2012
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Praying with Flannery O'Connor
Carl Gregg | March 28, 2012
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A Guide to Firsthand Experience with God
Carl Gregg | March 27, 2012
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Sermon Series Retrospective: "Holy Adventure"
Carl Gregg | March 13, 2012
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“God is Not a Republican…or a Democrat”
Carl Gregg | March 07, 2012
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Confessions of a Western Universalist
Carl Gregg | March 05, 2012
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Against TOMS Shoes: Ethics Are Messy!
Carl Gregg | March 03, 2012
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"Death of God" Theologian Has Died
Carl Gregg | March 02, 2012
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Raise the Minimum Wage to $10/hour
Carl Gregg | February 29, 2012
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Be Wary of Sensationalized "Jesus Tomb" News
Carl Gregg | February 29, 2012
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Paul: Misogynist or Mystic?
Carl Gregg | February 18, 2012
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How Do I Find Time to Pray?
Carl Gregg | February 13, 2012
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Is Baptism Overrated?
Carl Gregg | January 24, 2012
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Working from January Cold to Summer Beachbody
Carl Gregg | January 11, 2012
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Contemplative Listening: A Simple, How-to Guide
Carl Gregg | January 10, 2012
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Top 3 Blog Posts of 2011
Carl Gregg | December 23, 2011
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Top 10 Best Podcasts of 2011
Carl Gregg | December 20, 2011
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Best "Netflix Instant" Streamed in 2011
Carl Gregg | December 16, 2011
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Best Netflix DVDs Watched in 2011
Carl Gregg | December 16, 2011
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Top 10 Best Albums Listened to in 2011
Carl Gregg | December 15, 2011
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Top 10 Best Books Read in 2011
Carl Gregg | December 06, 2011
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Musical Setting of Jesus' Greatest Commandments?
Carl Gregg | November 29, 2011
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Progressive Christian Reflections on Advent
Carl Gregg | November 22, 2011
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#WhyPray?
Carl Gregg | November 18, 2011
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25 Books Every Christian Should Read
Carl Gregg | November 17, 2011
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Mutants and Mystics
Carl Gregg | November 16, 2011
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“Every Bush Is a Burning Bush"
Carl Gregg | November 14, 2011
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Cultivating a Theology of Abundance
Carl Gregg | November 12, 2011
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Spiritual Practice: "Visio Divina"
Carl Gregg | November 11, 2011
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Pilgrimage to the New MLK Memorial in D.C.
Carl Gregg | November 10, 2011
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Streams of Contentment
Carl Gregg | November 05, 2011
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Jesus, #OccupyWallSt, and the Rich Young Ruler
Carl Gregg | October 13, 2011
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Public School Principal Proselytizes Students in SC
Carl Gregg | September 27, 2011
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Letter to the Editor
Carl Gregg | September 26, 2011
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Atheists May Have a Point on Clergy Tax Breaks
Carl Gregg | September 22, 2011
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BOOK REVIEW: "Biography of Abd el-Kader"
Carl Gregg | September 20, 2011
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BOOK REVIEW: "The Betrayal of Charity"
Carl Gregg | September 08, 2011
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There Was No Historical Adam and Eve (Part 2)
Carl Gregg | August 24, 2011
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BOOK REVIEW: "Is God a Christian?"
Carl Gregg | August 23, 2011
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There Was No Historical Adam and Eve
Carl Gregg | August 17, 2011
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BOOK REVIEW: "Mother Teresa, CEO"
Carl Gregg | July 14, 2011
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Mother Teresa, CEO: The Power of Silence
Carl Gregg | July 14, 2011
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Tweets from Brian McLaren in D.C.
Carl Gregg | June 03, 2011
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Top 10 Free iPhone Apps
Carl Gregg | April 25, 2011
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Is Your Body Ready for Spring?
Carl Gregg | April 04, 2011
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God Was NOT In The Earthquake
Carl Gregg | March 18, 2011
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God Was NOT in the Earthquake
Carl Gregg | March 18, 2011
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I Hope Rob Bell Is a Universalist
Carl Gregg | March 12, 2011
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Shouting Stones: The Questioning Servant Girl
Carl Gregg | March 11, 2011
A bold servant girl is the second "shouting stone" in our Lenten series about the......
Bringing Our Whole Selves to the Bible
Carl Gregg | March 03, 2011
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Practicing Transfiguration
Carl Gregg | March 01, 2011
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Celebrating Evolution Sunday
Carl Gregg | February 08, 2011
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Welcome Imbolc
Carl Gregg | February 02, 2011
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Reflections on the Revolution in Egypt
Carl Gregg | February 02, 2011
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New Governor Gets MLK Exactly Wrong
Carl Gregg | January 20, 2011
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On What Facts Are Your Opinions of MLK Based?
Carl Gregg | January 16, 2011
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Best Netflix DVDs Watched in 2010
Carl Gregg | January 01, 2011
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Best Books Read in 2010
Carl Gregg | January 01, 2011
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Favorite Podcasts
Carl Gregg | December 31, 2010
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Justice Stevens, Jesus, and the Death Penalty
Carl Gregg | December 27, 2010
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Afghanistan and the Irony of American History
Carl Gregg | December 17, 2010
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Contemplative Wise Men
Carl Gregg | December 03, 2010
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Trillions of Stars
Carl Gregg | December 02, 2010
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AIDS Victim's Art Censored on World AIDS Day
Carl Gregg | December 01, 2010
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Christian History Is Always Renegade History
Carl Gregg | November 05, 2010
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Book Review: Prothero's God Is Too Small
Carl Gregg | October 27, 2010
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Jesus, War, and WikiLeaks
Carl Gregg | October 23, 2010
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Affirming Christianity and Islam
Carl Gregg | October 17, 2010
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Outrage and Coming Out Day
Carl Gregg | October 11, 2010
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Lament and Resolve for Victims of Hate Crimes
Carl Gregg | September 30, 2010
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Love God with Your Mind
Carl Gregg | September 28, 2010
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Practicing Sabbath: Easier Said Than Done
Carl Gregg | September 16, 2010
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In the wake of the worst oil spill in U.S history, I invite you to consider the......
Mother God and Mother's Day
Carl Gregg | May 06, 2010
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Freedom of Religion Equals Freedom of Speech
Carl Gregg | April 22, 2010
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An Unscheduled Easter
Carl Gregg | April 06, 2010
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Last Minute Lent
Carl Gregg | March 26, 2010
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