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Brian McLaren says there’s a good reason your beliefs stopped working

By Jana Riess — January 5, 2021

People who doubt their faith often get the “you are not wanted here” message from their religion, says author Brian McLaren. After the anger and loss, is there room for them to build a different kind of faith?

Who will President Joe Biden listen to on faith matters?

By Jack Jenkins, Emily McFarlan Miller — November 8, 2020

(RNS) — The nation’s second Catholic president is likely to bring a more restrained, interfaith approach to his faith-based politics than his predecessor.

Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 30, 2019

(RNS) — Living one’s spiritual life online leaves these leaders more vulnerable to the huge cost of leaving one’s faith.

Faith groups mount election turnout efforts that could help both parties

By Jack Jenkins — November 5, 2018

(RNS) — This year’s heated midterm contests appear to have sparked unusually robust efforts by faith-based organizations to galvanize supporters and move the political needle.

Brian McLaren, others apologize to Native Americans in video series

By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 31, 2017

(RNS) The last of the three ‘Confessions of a Christian Nation’ videos apologizes for the church’s role in oppressing Native Americans.

Conservative and progressive US evangelicals head for divorce

By David P. Gushee — February 12, 2016

Conservative and progressive evangelicals need to let each other go, acknowledging that they have become two separate religious communities.

Diana Butler Bass grounds herself in nature and finds God

By Jennifer Preyss — October 8, 2015

(RNS) Her latest book, “Grounded: Finding God in the World, a Spiritual Revolution,” champions a return to nature and an embrace of hospitality. It also begs a frequent question, “Where is God?”

Quiet time: It’s not just for conservative Christians anymore

By Jonathan Merritt — October 21, 2014

A new anti-devotional devotional features voices from across the religious spectrum and offers something to challenge, encourage, and royally piss off just about everyone.

Brian McLaren reflects on 25 years of emergence

By Jonathan Merritt — August 7, 2014

Brian McLaren once led one of the most talked about movements within American Christianity. A quarter-century after its beginning, he reflects back on what it was really about.

Tackling the Bible with Brian McLaren: “We Make the Road by Walking”

By Jana Riess — July 3, 2014

Why are there contradictions in the Bible? Why does the God of the Old Testament seem so different than the God of the New? “In science, better theories with more explanatory power eventually triumph over less effective theories,” says Emergent theologian Brian McLaren. “I think we have something very similar in the Bible.”

Newest ‘Values Voters’ adversary to America: The Emergent Church.

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey — August 27, 2013

(RNS) “If we had one one-thousandth of the adherence of either of communism or Islam, we’d be doing pretty well,” said Emergent Church leader Tony Jones. “When I first saw this, I thought it was a headline from The Onion.”

Mormon Writer Phyllis Barber on “Searching for Spirit”

By Jana Riess — August 15, 2013

In this lovely guest post, Mormon memoirist Phyllis Barber recounts a lifetime spent searching for the places the Spirit resides, though she notes she is a “mere beginner in the ancient business of seeking Spirit and the Divine.” Not content to file answers in the “I Know” box, she finds illumination and glimpses of the holy in unexpected ways.

5 Highlights from This Year’s Wild Goose Festival

By Jana Riess — August 12, 2013

From the Indigo Girls to Nadia Bolz-Weber, here are some highlights from this weekend’s Wild Goose Festival in North Carolina. (P.S. The weather was NOT a highlight.)

GUEST COMMENTARY: Here we go again?

By Brian D. McLaren — September 20, 2012

(RNS) If we have the courage and wisdom to learn the backstory of our religion and others, we can begin to transcend the vicious cycles in which we are now stuck, spinning. By Brian McLaren. 

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