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This is the work of Pulitzer Prize win­ner and for­mer U.S. Poet Lau­re­ate Ted Kooser: to chisel away at the stone of every­day life and dis­cover the poetry already hid­ing inside. Kooser’s new col­lec­tion, Split­ting an Order (Cop­per Canyon Press, $23), does just that: Kooser’s care­ful obser­va­tions of objects, ani­mals, peo­ple and places reveal the beauty that exists every­where around us.

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dq-1 The just released book Dis­quiet Time: Rants and Reflec­tions on the Good Book by the Skep­ti­cal, the Faith­ful, and a Few Scoundrels (Jeri­cho Books, $24.00), edited by Jen­nifer Grant and Cath­leen Fal­sani, lands a sock­dolager to the notion that mod­ern Chris­tians can’t have a robust, mean­ing­ful and hon­est engage­ment with the Bible. Read more .…

Review: “The Lost Way”

October 21, 2014

Stephen J. Patterson’s, new book, released today, The Lost Way: How Two For­got­ten Gospels Are Rewrit­ing the Story of Chris­t­ian Ori­gins, explores the ori­gins, con­text, text and inter­pre­ta­tion of the Q Gospel, along with another early non-canonical Chris­t­ian doc­u­ment, the Gospel of Thomas. Read more …

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“Copia,” poems by Erika Meitner

October 1, 2014
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In her new col­lec­tion of poetry, Copia, Erika Meit­ner writes about urban and sub­ur­ban life, con­sump­tion and excess, desire and dis­ap­point­ment, and per­haps mostly about loss and hope. Read more …

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“Queers in the Kingdom” shares the stories of LGBT students at Wheaton College

September 16, 2014
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Markie Hancock’s new doc­u­men­tary film casts a much needed light on the sto­ries of Wheaton College’s LGBT alumni. Read more …

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Al Mohler, Joshua 6 and Inerrancy

September 9, 2014

The hall­mark of mod­ern Chris­t­ian fun­da­men­tal­ism is an unwa­ver­ing adher­ence to the notion of Bib­li­cal inerrancy. In its most extreme forms, belief in the inerrancy of the Bible sti­fles inquiry, per­pet­u­ates igno­rance and glo­ri­fies dog­ma­tism. Read more …

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Review: Prostitutes, Virgins and Mothers

September 4, 2014

In Pros­ti­tutes, Vir­gins and Moth­ers: Ques­tion­ing Teach­ings About Bib­li­cal Women, Dr. Paula Trimble-Familetti sets out to do noth­ing less than over­turn six thou­sand years of patri­archy, misog­yny, and mar­gin­al­iza­tion of women within Judaism and Chris­tian­ity. Read more …

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The murder of James Foley, ISIS, and Religions of Peace

August 20, 2014

The death of Foley is deplorable. The actions of ISIS are despi­ca­ble. But atroc­i­ties com­mit­ted by ISIS are no more rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Mus­lim belief than the actions of extrem­ist Chris­tians are rep­re­sen­ta­tive of main­stream Chris­tian­ity … Con­tinue read­ing on Patheos.com →

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My thoughts on #Ferguson

August 19, 2014

The ongo­ing unrest in Fer­gu­son, Mis­souri is a sober­ing reminder of the state of racial rela­tions in the United States, and of the out-of-control mil­i­ta­riza­tion of our police force. But I fear that the real tragedy of Fer­gu­son is that it’s des­tined to become … Con­tinue read­ing on Patheos.com →

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Review: Reoriented by Tyler J. Francke

May 12, 2014
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Tyler Francke’s new novel “Reori­ented” tack­les the most divi­sive issue fac­ing mod­ern Chris­tian­ity: homo­sex­u­al­ity. Through the fic­tional story of a gay stu­dent at a Chris­t­ian col­lege, Francke offers an engag­ing and thought-provoking explo­ration of “faith, scrip­ture and sex­ual identity.”

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