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Faith Forward: The Future of Christian Education

Part 1:  Just what is emerging? There’s a lot of talk about “emergent church” these days. But just what is emerging? Phyllis Tickle, popular author and founding editor of the Religion Department of Publishers Weekly, says we are entering the age of the Spirit, and I agree. But where is the Spirit leading us? Brian McLaren, a leading voice in the emergent church movement, calls it “A New Kind of Christianity ...

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Mimetic Reflections on Syria

This article appeared as part of the Mimetic Monday series on the Patheos.com Faith Forward blog. As the world wrestles with how to respond to the use of chemical weapons against civilians in Syria, we thought we’d offer you some mimetic reflections on the use of violence. Mimetic theory is an anthropological theory of human violence that has theological implications. The reflections in this article are fro ...

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The Nonviolent Atonement: Brian McLaren and James Alison on Violence, God, and Mimetic Theory

I’ve been excited to tell you this ever since July… The much anticipated conversation between Brian McLaren and James Alison has been posted! You can listen to the podcast over at Homebrewed Christianity by clicking here. I first need to point out that this recording never would have happened without Tripp Fuller and Bo Sanders of Homebrewed Christianity. At the last minute we were scrambling to find a way ...

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Addicted to Hate: Guns and Other Stuff

My readers in Europe see one thing more clearly than we in the States do – that Americans have a gun obsession. No matter your position on gun ownership or gun control, guns are larger than life. Either they are necessary and good, delivering protection from forces of evil that can be arrayed against you without warning, or they are evil itself, the cause of all that we need protection from. I am not writin ...

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Book Review: Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Muhammad Cross the Road?

Today, 9/11/2012, marks the release of Brian McLaren’s book Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Muhammad Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World. The date, of course, is significant. It’s been 11 years since the tragedy of 9/11 – a tragedy that had religious overtones, but also political and economic overtones as well. The question I often ask myself about religion is simple: What needs ...

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The Word of the Lord to Republicans: A Review

When was the last time you took a word of advice from someone? I tend to get a bit prickly when, for example, my husband dares to suggest I stand a bit further from the ball on my tee shot or my sister reminds me that I haven’t called Mom and Dad lately. I immediately get defensive, and my mind races for a justifying explanation that preserves my tidy little story about myself as someone who is wise and per ...

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The Girl with the Dove Tattoo by Brian McLaren: A Review

Our project must be nothing less than to expose the monster that lurks within all our religions, ideologies, parties, and philosophies, and to drive the monster out of hiding and into light. -Sid (aka Siddhartha Guatama … aka the Buddha) in The Girl with the Dove Tattoo Brian McLaren's latest fictional ebook, The Girl with the Dove Tattoo, is a powerful account of human nature and the nature of God. This sh ...

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The Word of the Lord to Democrats: A Review

The popular Christian author Brian McLaren has written two pieces of short fiction that imagine God entering directly into the American political “conversation” (or should I say “head-on collision”). God speaks to both Republicans and Democrats in their own book and I decided to read The Word of the Lord to Democrats first. Why? Because I know me. Though I’m not nearly as political as I used to be, I still ...

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Theology and Peace Conference – My Reflections

Last week, Suzanne and I had the good fortune to attend this year’s Theology and Peace conference at the College of Notre Dame in Baltimore, Maryland.  Well, Suzanne did more than attend.  She was one of three keynote speakers.  Suzanne presented a wonderful paper about education in the church entitled “Beyond Power Struggles: Teaching without Rivalry.”  The other keynotes were Michael Hardin, who delivered ...

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