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Recovering Reverend

You can take the pastor out of the church, but you can’t take the Church out of the pastor.   Owning our storyHow I came to believe that church wasn’t the place for a broken person like me by Derrick L. Weston Shame derives its power from being unspeakable. That’s why it loves perfectionists—it’s so… Read more »


Things that make you go hmm . . .   Therapy Ain’t for Black Folk?! by Shanell T. Smith It’s all I see in movies.It’s all that I’ve heard spoken.“Black folk don’t do therapy.Unless he was a ‘token’Negros don’t believe in sittin’With no man to help to free usWe don’t need no medicationAll we needs,… Read more »

Pilgrim Poems

If not now, when?   We willForget public access television. What about public access church? by Rose Niles Now thatbig bird is movingto premium cableit falls to usin the churchas the last bastionof a placewhere poor children canenterfree of chargebe lovedbe taught faithand lovebe treated no differentfrom any other child what a privilege to represent… Read more »

justleros = more than just nonsense or disparates

A space for a contemporary woman disciple to give voice to justice concerns in a world where some still think that women’s words are just leros (Greek for “nonsense”) or, in Spanish, disparates   Orphans and widowsA reflection and confession based on James 1:22–27 by Magdalena I. García But be doers of the word, and… Read more »

TLC: Think Like a Christian

Seeking transformation through the renewal of our minds   Living a centered life Responding to Brandon Gaide’s “big tent” question about church boundaries by Jeffrey A. Schooley A couple months ago Brandon Gaide posed on this blog a really challenging question about the boundaries we set as a church. “Exactly how big is the tent?”… Read more »

YoRocko Podcast

Conversations with church leaders about projects that matter   Rocky Supinger talks with Aric ClarkAric Clark talks about LectionAric, a YouTube series exploring the intersection of Revised Common Lectionary texts and popular culture. (This podcast was recorded in April 2015.)   <—- Aric Clark is a writer, speaker, and Presbyterian minister who lives in Portland,… Read more »

Theologies of fear

In the wake of the tragic Chattanooga shooting, Muslims and interfaith partners come together to send a message of hope.   Theologies of fearIn the wake of the tragic Chattanooga shooting, Muslims and interfaith partners come together to send a message of hope. by Aaron Stauffer Two years ago I sat in a room crowded… Read more »

The No Shame Zone

One young person’s subversive thoughts on church and society   When criminal records make you untouchableWe are called, as a church, to support and advocate for the people whose past is sealing the fate of their future. by Tad Hopp Our country seems to think that if you’ve served time in prison that makes you… Read more »

Not Quite Right

One slightly unhinged pastor’s attempt to love (and laugh with) a slightly unhinged church, from the inside out.   Why would I join a church where that happens?It’s time to stop giving people reasons to doubt our Christian faith. by Joshua Bower I’ve been a pastor in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) for 10 years. I… Read more »

Poking at Elephants

An evangelical’s (un)apologetic for the church   A future without memory
Why sources of authority are paramount by Brandon Gaide Monasteries are remarkable places. For example, most monasteries pray through all 150 psalms each week or month. I’m told that, particularly among the old-timers, their memory is so saturated with Scripture that they weave phrases from… Read more »