Recently I wrote a blog about what millennials like myself are looking for in a church. The answer, which apparently wasn't quite clear enough, is that we are looking for socially and politically active congregations, churches that live the gospel, not just preach it.
I think that in a male-dominated society, the pressure of being a masculine man is even greater. This makes men feel insecure and frightened, sometimes of their own sexuality. I have a hard time seeing anything changing to the better in Uganda before the male role changes.
I'm not so sure about some people's ability to separate zombie fact from zombie fiction. The only fact that exists about zombies is that there are no such things as zombies. I thought that was the one thing we could all agree upon.
I spend tremendous energy tempering my terminology, and my words get misunderstood anyway. I mostly write around my faith for fear I will be labeled then left out because of it. But why?
I am a Christian, and I don't believe that Jesus was God. I don't believe Mary was a virgin, or that God exists as a "trinity." I certainly do not believe Jesus died for my sins or those of anybody else, and perhaps most shocking, I do not believe Jesus rose from the dead.
In his 1979 book Disturbing the Universe, Freeman Dyson wrote, "As we look out into the universe and identify the many accidents of physics and astronomy that have worked together to our benefit, it almost seems as if the universe must in some sense have known we were coming."
Despite the apparent contrast between it and Trump, good segments of evangelical Christianity share the same ethos, the existential revenge or resentment that Trump touts and uses to his advantage.
Scripture often describes a God who is in a state of sort of cosmic, perpetual homesickness, forever longing to abide in the hearts and lives of people.
Pope Francis' speech at the Curran-Frumhold Correctional Facility was not explicit in any one message. Throughout, the Pope referenced Jesus' washing of the disciples' feet and taught about service, not serving time, but people in power serving others regardless of their present status.
For 59 seminarians and recent grads who traveled both across the street and across the country, the end of the summer meant either a return to school to finish a master's degree, or the beginning of new expressions of ministry.
The first two or three miles were gorgeous: an encouraging warm sun just rising, the breeze in my hair, the regular breathing that felt like life in my lungs. But a few miles in, I was suffering.
I'm all for love and a personal relationship with God, but I choose to follow the man who teaches that political action is worship, that social justice is love. What we're looking for is a church that preaches not just transcendental love, but that prophetic fire that makes Jesus so appealing.
I have long wondered how in the world there can be Jesus, with millions of people professing to believe in him, and there can yet be racism, sexism, homophobia, militarism, hatred and enmity.
Liberals and conservatives, Protestants and Catholics are all having to come to terms with an increasingly secular landscape. Aspiring to be more like Ross Douthat's vision of Christian orthodoxy, in other words, is no longer a hedge against decline, if it ever really was.
Perhaps, just maybe, being a Christian isn't the most important qualification when it comes to selecting a president. The president's job isn't to be the pastor of our country. The president's vocation is to lead and protect and govern the nation -- all of its citizens, not just one religious denomination.
Jesus proclaimed "The Kingdom of God is at hand!" He delivered the inwardly afflicted and healed the sick. In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus heals lepers, the lame, the blind, and those suffering from other ailments, furthering God's redemptive work in the world.