All politics is local? Forget it.

All politics is global. And so is all of congregational life.

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There’s no danger in raising questions

Too often, the church is seen as allergic to them.

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ISIS: Responding to its spiraling evil

An analysis of the spiraling depravity of the brutality theatre offered by ISIS, and thoughts on how Christians should respond. 

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Uncoerced faith remains a burning question

Some Baptists in the 17th century asserted that “not the gallows, nor the prisons, nor burning, nor banishing” can defend Christianity. We would do well to listen to them.

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Answering God’s call isn’t like choosing the right door

Finding what we’re meant to do with our lives is a messy, gritty, beautiful, painful, scary walk through the desert.

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How can you love God but hate your neighbor? You can’t.

Before we can turn and tune our hearts to God, we must first turn and tune our hearts to each other.

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Six words to describe a life: Saints don’t know they are saints

They don’t act like good people. They are good people.

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Religion’s week from hell

More urgent than ever is the need for a coherent and compassionate approach to the reality of living in a religiously plural world.

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Why I struggle with Ash Wednesday

If you find something uncomfortable, keep exploring it.

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The forgotten art of living together

Christians are uniquely positioned to model community as God intended it.

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Making sense of climate change

An ethicist son joins with his scientist father in a co-written article about the science, politics and ethics of climate change. 

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Who decides what it means to ‘be a man’?

Christians have an important responsibility to be part of changing cultural stereotypes of masculinity.

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The two most dangerous words

First we agree. Then we insist on exceptions.

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Salvation and shape notes

The music put theology in the mouths of generations of folks who may never have connected with theological concepts.

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TMI

Vulnerable leadership can be a powerful tool for building Christian community. But can pastors go too far?

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Six movies that tell us something about God

A divinity school assignment inaugurated a lifetime of theological film watching.

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The spiritual practice of creating margin

Finding time for your spirit to catch up with your body.

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Come ye sinners

The biblical narrative tells us something has gone terribly wrong in God’s creation, and humans are responsible for much of it.

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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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