Happy birthday, Dietrich Bonhoeffer

He continues to speak to the most current issues of faith.

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Kick’em out: Why it’s gotten so hard to work together

Is it better to err on the side of working together than on the side of doctrinal purity?

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The city in 2050

How can congregations adjust to the reality that, sooner than later, three quarters of the globe will be urban rather than rural?

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The painful inevitability of moral conflict

Why moral conflict is inevitable, and what we can learn from it and do about it. 

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Have no fear

For many of us, fear has been normalized.

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Critiquing Islam — and ourselves

Before condemning another religion for inherent violence, we need to look at our own.

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Finding a way forward through relationships

If the first time we’re meeting each other is in the streets protesting another tragedy, then the church has failed.

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Who’s blessing whom?

With blessings, once you start, it’s hard to stop.

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Your world is too small

People who know only those like themselves begin to think God is like them.

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Holy dreams

Envisioning a different world and giving oneself to bring it about.

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God have mercy: A Latina prayer

Racial dynamics are complex and I recognize that often I do not know how to pray.

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Beyond belief

Ryan Bell says he spent a year without God. I would suggest that such an experiment is not possible.

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Reflecting on the contributions of Martin Luther King Jr.

On this year’s holiday, here are seven things I admire deeply about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

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Inclusion reflex

What would it look like for us to condition ourselves and our young ones to include rather than exclude?

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Our hidden addiction

It preys on individuals and ensnares congregations.

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Tasting the Kingdom

An experience at a congregation whose “liturgy may be blown away by the Spirit at any moment.”

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Imagining our best selves

Remembering the baptism of Jesus as each new year rolls around is a powerful overlap.

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Vulnerability in the Body of Christ

We know we’re wearing costumes. What we don’t believe is that anyone else is wearing one.

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The spiritual practice of running the race

Reflections on a 5K

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Gaining theological heft

Without the discerning guidance of the Holy Spirit, we cannot both conserve and innovate.

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