The theo-politics of near/far

A system of opposites shapes the way we think about the world and about each other — and colors the way we talk about divisive issues.

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This is what we do

Given an opportunity, churches can demonstrate who they really are — and why they do what they do.

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From sugar-laced Halloween to somber All Saints reflection

What was once a strategic search for candy bars is now shaped by the pain of loss that colors every human life.

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Saints, in fact, don’t do it

All Saints’ Day celebrates the goodness of God, not of humanity.

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We believe in the communion of saints

Recalling those who have gone ahead of us like navigators, to lead the way.

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Freeing the web: A human rights and religious freedom agenda

70 percent of the world’s population lives where governments use technology to suppress human rights and religion.

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Does anybody really know what tithing is?

And does anybody really care?

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Here’s to a better tomorrow

God is enticing us into the Great Unknown.

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Pruning season: A time to make room for what matters

Autumn is a reminder that we’ll never bear vital things until we’ve been stripped bare.

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Is the traditional church sinking in a communication storm?

Today communications is all about strategy and it’s essential.

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If you really want to make your pastor’s day

How about faithful participation in the life of the church?

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Dying well

Suicide is a delicate and complex issue. Can it ever be an appropriate Christian response?

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The ‘Dogma of Revelation’ revisited (again)

Truth is, Christians have long changed, adapted or overlooked “timeless” dogmas.

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Houston subpoenas doubly disturbing

It both violates religious freedom and fans the fears of conspiracy theorists.

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Recovering Allhallowtide

Halloween invokes an important Christian approach to death: laughing at it.

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Everyone needs to go to Arabia

Going deeper is the antidote to superficial religious ritualism.

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What our languages are telling us

What is the language reach of your congregation?

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‘Fury,’ an enlightening war movie not for the faint of heart

“Fury,” starring Brad Pitt, is a modern parable about the horrors of war.

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Can we move past a narcissistic gospel yet?

Salvation is not purely a personal event.

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Lost in the wilds of South America

We came really close to looking for a taxi and paying to follow them.

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