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The Meaning of the Cross: Alternative Views of the Atonement

By the Rev. Dr. Greg Love

Crucifixion was a form of state torture. It was not meant to kill quickly. Its purpose was to degrade and humiliate a person utterly, to reduce them to a non-person.

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Facebook Prophets

By Frederick W. Schmidt

In the space of just a few hours, I have seen Christian leaders on Facebook compare members of the GOP to herds of wild animals. I have read the assertion that every Republican cheats on his wife and exploits the poor. And I've read that all Republicans are morons and hate-mongers. (Those aren't exact quotations, but they are certainly fair to the spirit of what was said.)

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January 18, 2012

Rick Santorum: 100% Social Conservative, 0% Latter Day Saint

I wonder, readers, where do you stand on these questions? Is the Church of Latter Day Saints a branch of Christianity? Does it matter to you whether or not a candidate for office is Christian?
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November 11, 2011

The Issue-Driven Church

Life in the church has become like life everywhere in America: "Issues are Us." But isn't God bigger than the issue of the moment?
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September 19, 2011

A Welcome Mat of Peace

Interreligious understanding and peace begins in intimate ways: through education, by music, in our homes, with our welcome mats.
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September 12, 2011

The War Within

The desire to erase the complexities and the fear of responding to evil is understandable, but they are also symptomatic of spiritual malaise and poverty.
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September 09, 2011

The Hypocrisy That Kills Young Souls

If we choose to raise our children in schools and religious communities that practice peaceful conflict resolution, why can't we choose leaders who uphold these same values and practices?
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August 24, 2011

Sex Ed in New York

New York's new sex education mandate proves that efforts at social control are not restricted to conservative Christians.
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August 17, 2011

Put Ruth on the Supercommittee

Why the gender makeup of the congressional supercommittee matters to you and me.
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August 04, 2011

Spiritual Lessons I Learned On Vacation

There's something important about the process of stepping away from life as we know it, and stepping into life as we do not know it, stepping into the sacred time that is vacation
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June 22, 2011

Living in the Now and Not Yet: Toward a Theology of Progressive Christianity

What I'd propose as an underlying theology for a 21st-century progressive Christianity is our belief and participation in what theologians call, variously, "realized eschatology."
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June 01, 2011

Going Up? Reflections on Ascension Day

Of course, it’s not out of the question that Jesus defied gravity, but is that the real point? Is the Ascension about gravity or spirituality, geography or vocation?
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May 26, 2011

Has the Church Failed GLBT Teens?

As congregations argue over scripture and tradition, many of our gay teens are quickly figuring out that there may be no place for them in the Church.
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May 17, 2011

Believe Out Begins with Believe In

If all that Progressive Christianity has going for it is that it is politically progressive, then there is really no reason to wrap churchy language around it.
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May 13, 2011

Holy War and Christian Pacifism: Christian Responses to the Death of Bin Laden

This is where I want to land theologically and spiritually on violence in my name: Jesus called us to rise above our worst impulses, above our fear and anger.
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April 26, 2011

What William, Kate and the Royal Wedding Can Teach Us

How might the Royal Wedding represent something good and beautiful and even spiritual despite all the commemorative rings and stamps and plates trailing in its wake?
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April 20, 2011

The Resurrection of Jesus: Physical/Bodily or Spiritual/Mystical?

What would it mean to say that the risen Jesus is a physical/bodily reality? That he continues to be a molecular, protoplasmic, corpuscular being existing somewhere? Does that make any sense?
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April 18, 2011

Clean Feet: A Maundy Thursday Meditation on John 13:1-7

This text is not about watching Jesus put his hands on somebody else's feet. It's about letting Jesus put his hands on our feet.
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April 06, 2011

Naked Spirituality and The Other Jesus: A Conversation between Brian McLaren and Greg Garrett

In this exclusive Patheos interview, friends and fellow authors Brian McLaren and Greg Garrett discuss their new books and the passion that drives them to talk about authentic faith and practice.
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March 29, 2011

Of Storks and the Canaries: Youth Ministry, New Vocations, and the Future of the Church

The stork doesn't bring babies and it doesn't bring a new generation of Christians either. If we don't nurture a younger generation in the faith, they aren't coming.
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March 14, 2011

Noisy TV, Noisy Church

It's time to drop our fascination with noisy church and ask ourselves what it might mean to be faithful.
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March 04, 2011

Beck, Obama and God on Taxes and Spending

Can secular government have a part in doing God's justice? Can taxes and spending help create a more just society?
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March 01, 2011

The World is Flat ... and Shaky

On a global, national, and individual level, the roiling changes will require souls that are sustained by values shaped by something beyond the terrain of our lives.
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February 23, 2011

The Other Jesus: A New Interview with Author Greg Garrett

Love, Hope, and "The Other Jesus": An Interview with Greg Garrett."I couldn't be a Christian in the tradition into which I was born, and I thought that meant that I couldn't be a Christian, period." Greg Garrett on discovering the other Jesus.
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February 17, 2011

Why the Revolution in Egypt Could Be Dangerous for Our Youth

What happens if teens discover that the pacifist life of Jesus turns out to be an actual possibility for a way to be in the world?
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February 09, 2011

What's In Your Heart?

The spiritual question that keeps coming to me this Valentine’s Day is “What’s in your heart?”
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February 02, 2011

Ancient Stones, Living Stones

A post from the blog, "Ancient Stones, Living Stones," featuring stories from a group of Christians on an alternative tour of the Holy Land.
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January 25, 2011

Fans or Friends? Reflections on Matthew 5:1-12

I like Facebook, but I have somehow ended up with lots of friends I don't even know. Maybe that's how Jesus feels. Lots of people ask to be his friends, and when he confirms them, they never give him another thought.
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January 21, 2011

Christians and Guns

Love for our neighbors suggests that we should accept restrictions on some absolute right to bear arms in order to protect our neighbors.
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January 17, 2011

The God of Pregnant Women

"The God I love is not a God who stands, armed with judgment, at the doors of life's complexities." Reflections from a minister on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
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January 12, 2011

Letters From Haiti

On the one-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, we're honored to share several personal stories of hope and faith from some who survived and continue to work and live amidst the ruins.
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January 11, 2011

Tragedy in Tucson: An All-Too-Real Parable Unfolding

The tragedy in Tucson this week has brought us once again to the brink of asking all the right questions. What is it going to take for us to wake up to the truth that hateful and violent speech leads to hateful and violent actions?
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January 07, 2011

Politics, Religion & Culture: Top Picks 2010

Greg Garrett's top 10 picks for the pop culture artifacts from 2010 carrying powerful lessons about religion and politics.
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January 03, 2011

Epiphany Practices: Home By Another Way

Awakened to divine companionship, the road less traveled can become a holy adventure with surprises and epiphanies around each corner.
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December 29, 2010

Endings and the Christmas Story

To the extent that the original Christmas story was a story about power, then, it was a story about God's power.
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December 21, 2010

Why The Incarnation Matters

What does it mean for us that God chose to enter the world in flesh and blood -- incarnate -- through a poor baby in Bethlehem? We invited a dozen theobloggers to consider the question: "Why Does the Incarnation Matter?" And we asked them, as usual, to do it in 100 words or less.
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December 17, 2010

Mysticism, Mission and Malevolence

This is the season to remember we all need to be mystics. Mary encountered an angel, Joseph had a dream, and the magi followed a star.
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December 13, 2010

A Merry Public Christmas

Insisting that people say "Merry Christmas" won't make people believe what we believe about Christmas any more than putting up a creche on the courthouse lawn will.


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