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Together Instead of Alone: Connection, Coworking and the Congregation

Rev. Emily M. D. Scott | Posted 07.01.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily M. D. Scott

A vision for a coworking space has come into focus at St. Lydia's, the Dinner Church where I am pastor.

Interview With Emergent Church Leader Brian McLaren

Steve McSwain | Posted 06.28.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

If you're seeking a fresh way to experience and practice your faith, if you're a long-term Christian seeking new vitality, or if you feel out of place in traditional church circles, Brian's new book will be sure to inspire and activate you in your spiritual journey.

Calvinism and Conflict

Martin Marty | Posted 03.30.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

Last Saturday was the day set aside for the annual festival commemorating "The Conversion of St. Paul." Did anyone notice? Still, Paul is "all over the place" in Christianity. Almost everything about him evokes or signals conflict.

Pope Francis And The Beautiful Iconoclasm Of Washing The Wrong Feet

Derek Penwell | Posted 06.11.2013 | Religion
Derek Penwell

The new pope seems to be signaling is a commitment to following Jesus down the dark alleys of the human journey, in spite of the fact that most of the rest of the religious world appears too busy protecting the 16-lane super highways we built to accommodate the long-since-died-down-increase in traffic.

April Is Officially Missional Church Conference Month

Steve Knight | Posted 06.02.2013 | Religion
Steve Knight

It's a perfect time to get equipped for missional living and service in the neighborhood for the summer and all year long.

What We Talk About When We Talk About 'God'

Rob Bell | Posted 05.12.2013 | Religion
Rob Bell

I realize that when I use the word God, there's a good chance I'm stepping on all kinds of land mines. Is there a more volatile word loaded down with more history, assumptions and expectations than that tired, old, relevant, electrically charged, provocative, fresh, antiquated yet ubiquitous as ever word God?

Where Are All the Moderate Christian Voices?

Carl Medearis | Posted 05.11.2013 | Religion
Carl Medearis

These folks don't carry much (or any) political clout.  No one in D.C. is listening to them. They don't have the deep pockets or White House access like the older more conservative clan does.  So no one hears their voices.

An Invitation To Rob Bell

Greg Carey | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Greg Carey

Bell doesn't have to call himself a liberal or anything else, short of lover of Jesus. But it might be wise to reach out in a new way to people who have been his partners even before he preached his first sermon.

WATCH: What Is Church?

Phil Shepherd | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion
Phil Shepherd

Life In The Trinity Ministries, where Brian McLaren is the "Resident Theologian," proposed this question as their conference theme this past weekend here in Fort Worth. In the latest episode of "Outlaw Theology," McLaren answers.

Emergent Christian Cliches To Avoid

Christian Piatt | Posted 01.08.2013 | Religion
Christian Piatt

While the emergent Christians are endeavoring to re-imagine the way we engage faith, one another and the world differently, the movement still is dependent on human beings. As such, we tend to screw it up.

Are The Culture Wars Real? A Case For Heresy

Christian Piatt | Posted 10.13.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Easy Christian Fame

Ben Stevens | Posted 09.24.2012 | Religion
Ben Stevens

If Machiavelli had written "The Pastor" instead of "The Prince," what kind of ruthlessly practical advice might he have offered to someone trying to become a famous religious figure?

Finding Our Social Location At Wild Goose

Jeremy John | Posted 08.28.2012 | Religion
Jeremy John

Whether or not upper-middle-class Americans choose simple living, activism and following Christ, we'll always be choosing, and that colors our theology. But some folks don't have a choice.

Four Reasons I Came Back To Church

Christian Piatt | Posted 06.02.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

I left the church as a teenager on less than good terms. My youth leader threw a Bible at me for persisting with my questions. Fortunately, I found a new community that represented something different.

Evangelical 2.0: The Deception of Driscoll's Acts 29 Network

Christian Piatt | Posted 05.01.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

But of course, underneath the veneer of something new lies the same old evangelical doctrine. And this is what bothers me more than my personal objections to most evangelicals' theology.

Christians Should Be More Than "Gay Okay"

Christian Piatt | Posted 11.29.2011 | Religion
Christian Piatt

To say that something like sexual orientation, race, economic status, gender are not issues to us is to speak from a position of privilege.

America's Next Revival

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove | Posted 09.18.2011 | Religion
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

The temptation at a moment like this is twofold. Unable to see our way forward, we can give into despair. We can also succumb to optimism -- to the false hope that, against the odds, we will triumph as a nation or as the human race.

Two Roads Diverged In The Evangelical Wood

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 09.13.2011 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

Most folks like to divide Evangelicals along political and theological spectrums. But I think the more significant divide is between those who bully and those who stand up on behalf of the bullied.

You Might Be A Progressive Christian If...

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 06.18.2011 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

Please keep in mind that I do not think that everyone need be one, but that there is a growing number of people who yearn for a drastically different approach to being the Body of Christ.

Can Christians Survive The 'Threat' Of A Multi-Faith World?

Philip Clayton, Ph.D. | Posted 05.28.2011 | Religion
Philip Clayton, Ph.D.

Our opponents say that inviting other religious voices into theological education will eliminate Christian distinctiveness. But, to their surprise, something different is happening.

America's Greatest Deficit Is Spiritual, Not Merely Financial

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

With all the angst about the economy, the deficit, and a looming government shut-down, I'm still concerned that we're treating symptoms rather than diagnosing the underlying disease.

Is Evangelical Christianity Having A Great Gay Awakening?

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 07.25.2011 | Religion
Cathleen Falsani

Only time will tell whether more evangelical leaders will add their voices to the chorus calling for full and unapologetic inclusion of homosexuals in the life of the church.

What's Wrong With Our Message?

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

With every crisis comes an opportunity for self-examination, for learning, for change and growth, and it is indeed encouraging to see the Pope urging leaders to fully seize the opportunities presented by present problems.

Seeking Common Ground in 'Big Tent' Christianity

Philip Clayton, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Philip Clayton, Ph.D.

"Big tent" is also a prophetic challenge to the rancorous debates that are the public face of religion today. The Religious Left and the Religious Right look more and like Washington. The younger generations look for something more positive from Christian faith.