Rick Warren provided some of us with a lot of fun the past two days on Twitter. He had sent out a message: "New churches: Buy land as soon as you can but delay building for as long as you can. Cant explain all the reasons here." This set off one of the funniest followup memes I have seen called … Read more about What Is Rick Warren Reading?
"Is the internet for women and gays?" may seem like at odd question at first - but there is a story behind it. I am coming at the question as a researcher. I am doing research design at UCLA right now in preparation for my dissertation next year. One of the research questions is in relation to … Read more about Is the Internet for Women and Gays?
A record number of people read the post yesterday “Beyonce and the Bigger Question”. I want to thank everyone who commented on the blog, FaceBook and Twitter for making the conversation so fruitful and constructive. It is a difficult question and we certainly have an issue with race in our … Read more about The Silent White Guy and Invisible Black Women
It is with great interest that I have read the blowback over the Beyoncé SuperBowl Half-Time Show. I have read several interesting articles - both in support and in criticism - of the spectacle. I get why people want to talk about her outfit, her moves, and her assembled cast of all females - … Read more about Beyoncé and the Bigger Question
Not feeling so well, I watched the Superbowl alone. When the commercial came on that featured Paul Harvey reading his ‘so God made a farmer’ piece, I thought “nice tribute” - and nothing more. I woke up this morning to find a buzz surrounding the spot - both good and bad. Some are claiming it the … Read more about So God Made a Farmer? and other things that are kinda true
I had the honor to be on Doug Pagitt Radio this morning. It was a great conversation with Doug and Victoria that centered about what is happening in religion. You can read the initial blog about religionand postmodern thought here. Doug has the video on his website and on Itunes. Here the … Read more about Doug Pagitt Radio: what is happening IN religion
Shane Hipps on the podcast discussing his new book Selling Water by the River. Shane and I met at the Big Tent Christianity event in Phoenix where we found out we shared an interest in emergent evolutionary styled thinking. He was not only the tag-team partner of Rob Bell at Mars Hill but before … Read more about Shane Hipps is Selling Water by the River #LifeJCPromised
In all of the hub-bub surrounding the Mayan apocalypse that came and went without incident, it was tough to resist the funny one-liner on Facebook and Twitter. We have become so calloused against the doomsday predictions that have fueled the religious airwaves, TV broadcasts and book sales of the … Read more about Maybe the Mayans Weren’t Wrong
Listening to Howard Zinn (author of the classic A People’s History of the United States) at a town hall meeting style presentation recorded in 2007 (you can get it on Itunes from WGBH Politics) I was struck by the need to recognize the sheer complexity of issues and multiplicity of … Read more about Moving Toward Multiplicity
Last week I went down to Tripp’s office to work on some stuff for the podcast. I walked in while he was talking to Jordan and Christian from the Homebrewed Culture Cast. They were recording a segment about zombies and the Walking Dead series. The conversation was great - you will really enjoy … Read more about Hipsters and Zombies as the end of civilization
by Bo Sanders [I initially wrote this for Ethnic Space & Faith but thought it would be fun to cross pollinate.] Despite what the caller said on this week’s ‘Take Them to Task’ segment from the Smiley & West show said, race is still an issue in North America - not everyone is color … Read more about Issues of Race in Politics, Music, TV and Sports
So it has begun. Hurricane Sandy is only one day in to its battering of the East and the religious have weighed in. I will warn you - it's not good. The first thing that caught my attention was a fake picture of 'the storm' over NYC I was introduced to this photo by a worker at our … Read more about Fake Picture, Real Prayer and God’s Wrath