In this week's episode, Christian and Amy talk about autism, families, and ableism in the church. Their son, Mattias, who is on the spectrum, comes on the podcast to talk a little bit about what it's like being on the spectrum, some of the challenges he faces, the most difficult moments in his life, … Read more about Autism, God, and Family
In this week's episode, Christian and Amy are exploring some questions about church and get a little help from some friends. What does the church mean in the 21st century? What of our identity, systems, or traditions should be preserved or continued? What needs to die? How do you think the … Read more about What Does “Church” Mean Today?
Ahead of the Great Debacle this Saturday, I find myself in an interesting place. On the surface, it is fairly obvious that I would agree more with Jones on what he believes about the events of Good Friday. Much of what Jones says about the crucifixion and its implication (atonement) are solidly … Read more about The Function Of Good Friday
Sexuality and spirituality have been on my mind as we prepare for tonight’s Level Ground Film Festival. I am very aware of the cultural conversation that continues to circle around marriage equality and issues related to legal matters. As a pastor and theologian, my concern is more specifically … Read more about Sex Is Not Simple
Across N. America, the two largest groups of people who are reclaiming their faith are traditionally parents of little ones who are settling down and putting down roots – and those who are finding a different version of faith in a new community or expression. Various labels are often assigned to … Read more about Excited about Easter: Resurrected Faith
I posted this 2 years ago today and thought it might be fun to revisit. As Christians we confess that Jesus was born to a virgin. Some people doubt the accuracy of that - but they may not realize that it was not that uncommon back then. Here are just 10 people born of a virgin in the ancient … Read more about Born Of A Virgin? It happened a lot back then
This has been the most interesting Advent I have ever participated in. Between the High Gravity class following the lectionary texts and the Loft LA delving deep into the season, I have learned and experienced a lot of things that are heavy on my mind as we head into the final week of … Read more about Wrapping Up Advent – The Whole Damned Thing
J. Ryan Parker sits down with Bo to talk about the movie Exodus: Gods and Men. Bo had blogged about the footage that he had seen and Ryan came over to chat about it. You can read Parker's article in Relevant Magazine about Ridley Scott's portrayal of God in the movie. … Read more about Exodus: Spoiler Alert
Last year in Baltimore the Open and Relational Theologies session took a look at the Emerging Church. This session involves three conversations, with three participants in each. These conversations pertain to papers written by participants, but there will be no formal reading of the papers. The … Read more about Transgressing Emergence: AAR and the Church
Christian Piatt of the Homebrewed CultureCast was recently in SoCal to hang with Tripp Fuller and talk about his new book PostChristian: What's left? Can we fix? Do we care? They were joined by Bart Campolo, Peter Rollins and Benjamin Cory to talk about the implications of moving on. Imagine … Read more about PostChristian Piatt Fun!
Yesterday I got a comment on blog post from 2 years ago. Since this subject comes up frequently, I thought it would be good to respond. I hope you get some sort of update from comments posted on old posts. Indeed I do! Thank you so much for taking the time to write in. I've been trying to work … Read more about More On Miracles (Q&R)
In the TNT that comes out this evening, we get a call about the difficulties of starting new communities. We had Tim - the Elder of Hops - in the house and some really good stuff came out in the conversation. As I drove back from Tripp's I thought of about some other things that seemed relevant … Read more about Small Batch Artisanal Church