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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 »

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   God’s weaponsA reflection and confession based on Ephesians 6:1o–20 by Magdalena I. García Finally, be strong in the Lord and in… Read more »

Rough Drafts

Towards vulnerability and transformation in the church   More than playing churchHow our institutional language and attitudes trivialize new church developments by Mihee Kim-Kort Children come running at us clapping and shout-singing like my 4-year-olds but enunciating a lot more clearly: G-O-O-D M-O-R-N-I-N-G, GOOD MORNING (WOOT WOOT) GOOD MORNING (WOOT WOOT). They lead us into… Read more »

Recovering Reverend

You can take the pastor out of the church, but you can’t take the Church out of the pastor.   The conscience of law enforcementCan the church become a bridge between the police and the community? by Derrick L. Weston There have been an appalling number of people killed by police this year. Sam Dubose… Read more »

Pilgrim Poems

If not now, when?   Sacred commutingI am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? —Isaiah 43:19 by Rose Niles In our ancient dreamLet’s make spirit space whereWay stations happenAs hospitalityIncubators, whereAcceleratorsBirth new things toBe characteristicallyStartlinglypredictableEager for GodlyAmazement In continuous patternsLike trains pulling intoThe stationDrop offPick upThen… Read more »