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What Counts as a Spiritual Discipline?

Larissa Marks | Posted 06.07.2016 | Religion
Larissa Marks

I used to think that spiritual disciplines were limited to "holy and sacred" activities. You know, like having a prayer time with a journal and a Bible, or listening to worship and praise music. That all changed when I was talking to my spiritual director about my own experiences of God.

The UnChristian Quest for a Christian America

Lee C. Camp | Posted 04.22.2017 | Religion
Lee C. Camp

Some of the basic and elementary theological reasons the very notion of a "Christian America" is problematic (pat me on the back; I am restraining my language) include the following:

Were the Disciples of Jesus Unschooled, Ordinary Men?

Gail Wallace | Posted 03.22.2017 | Religion
Gail Wallace

This idea that Jesus chose poor, uneducated men as his disciples is entrenched in evangelistic teaching, and was something I heard often growing up in the church, especially during the Easter season. But is this really true?

New Faces of Ministry Reclaim and Renew the Church

Wayne Meisel | Posted 09.30.2016 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

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.

Mentors We Don't Realize Exist

Patrick Hess | Posted 04.25.2015 | Religion
Patrick Hess

Sitting around arm and arm with my siblings, aunts and mother eight years ago as my dad struggled for each breath is a moment in my life I will never forget.

The Next Big Thing for the Progressive Church

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 11.19.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

It's time for progressive Christians to claim discipleship. It's time to get radical, not about our politics or our policies, but about our faith. It's time to stop throwing the baby Jesus out with the bath water, and start putting the horse before the cart.

How to Be a Pentecost Church: Five Pointers for Congregations

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 08.06.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

When the young families arrive with their kids, let them teach you about what will keep their kids engaged.

Forty Days in an Orange Jumpsuit: A Lawyer/Pastor Wears Prison Garb for Lent

Jeanne Bishop | Posted 05.10.2014 | Religion
Jeanne Bishop

Our faith is done a disservice by ministers who seek to have the most, rather than seek out those with the least. Kent's act does what ministry should: challenge, inform and enliven our faith lives.

Self-Help and the Gospel

Greg Carey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Greg Carey

The problem with the self-help gospel is that it expects nothing from us. In the end, it leaves us unfulfilled. And it stands far removed from what it means to live in Christ.

The Dangers Of Evangelism

Christian Piatt | Posted 01.27.2013 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Sometimes our zeal for sharing something that's important to us blinds us to the havoc we can be wreaking in the process. We're so intent on the end result we seek that we'll say or do a lot of things we shouldn't to get what we desire.

Disciples Established Among Every People

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 10.02.2012 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

Matthew thinks that the church is fundamentally a missionary church, and he conceives of its mission concretely as a "going" to all nations in not being a fuel of domination and power but in making disciples.

Kobe Bryant, Anoushka Shankar, and You -- On Mastery

Scott Schwenk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Scott Schwenk

I'm not interested in finding a glamorous group of some sort to accept me and white-wash over the places I haven't been willing to do the work around releasing insecurity myself.