This weekend I will finish reading two books that we were given through the podcast (thank you publishers). The first is Peter Rollins new on The Idolatry of God and the second is Phil Snider’s Preaching After God. I have recently edited podcasts with both of these authors. [We put out the Phil … Read more about what is happening IN religion – or when we talk about God
There has a been an uproar this week over Phyllis Tickle’s closing comments at last weekend’s big emergent event in Memphis. It was a party to celebrate Phyllis and her book “Emergence Christianity”. Friend of the podcast, Julia Clawson (who was at the gathering) wrote an amazing reflection on … Read more about Preferring the Past: Phyllis Tickle, Radical Orthodoxy and the Tea Party
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
Once in a while you run into a sentence that hits you like a ton of bricks. You can read thousands of sentences in order to get to it. Only rarely do you see it coming. Once in a while you are in a chapter that is so rich and nourishing that the sentence is just the Pièce de résistance. Over … Read more about That Sentence about Seminaries
On last week’s TNT I said something that I have heard a lot of positive - and some negative - feedback on. I thought it would be good to continue the conversation here on the blog. My assertion was that: If you are a Christian, you have to believe something about hell. It is just not an option to … Read more about You have to believe in Hell, Predestination, Election and the Book of Revelation
Yet again a Republican candidate has come out with an outlandish comment about rape that has drawn widespread criticism from those outside the ideological bubble. The most recent incident was from Indiana Congressman Richard Murdoch during a debate this past week. This is the latest in what has … Read more about Rape, Republicans and God’s Will
Brian McLaren recently posted a very interesting note from a former fan who was feeling the need to 'break ranks' with the author over his position regarding homosexuality. I wanted to post part of it here for several reasons. I have been saying that 'People Do Change Their Minds'. We … Read more about McLaren Changed His Mind
As you may have heard, Pat Robertson topped even himself in the category of 'insulting-inflammatory- stupid comments while the tape is running' this morning. That may seem difficult with all of the previous entries that have earned him elite status in the gaff olympics. His newest entry was in … Read more about Lets not be too hard on Pat Robertson
This past weekend I got to participate in one of best and most interesting experiences of my christian life - Wild Goose West. This was the festival’s first venture to the left coast and it did not disappoint! Billed as an intersection of 'Art, Justice, Music and Spirituality', the Goose brought … Read more about Wild Goose or Mild Goose?
Two weeks ago I got to sit down with Diana Butler Bass and ask her about everything from her new book’s title Christianity After Religion to the Methodist tradition and why Evangelical young people are 30 years behind. It was a blast! [you can hear the audio here] At the end of the hour, the … Read more about Defending Diana Butler Bass and those non-human animals
I have always been suspicious that this was true. If you follow out the way that folks talk about an interventionist God who meddles, tinkers, intervenes and interacts with ‘His’ (always his) creation ... then it has to follow that some within that stream will think that God actually runs the … Read more about God is in charge of this economy?
I have never been a big fan of ‘spectrum’ thinking. The language of far left and far right just rings hollow for me. It is insufficient for the most part and in the end, inaccurate. I read the book The Argument Culture by Deborah Tannen more than a decade ago and said out loud “Oh! So THAT is … Read more about Bending the Spectrum: Occupy the Tea Party