Whether adjective, noun or verb, “barbecue” has a theological dimension that is deeply enmeshed in church culture -- especially in the African-American church, writes the culinary historian, barbecue judge and executive director of the Colorado Council of Churches.
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Friendship lies at the heart of who we are created to be, writes the theologian and seminary leader in this remembrance of his friend and co-worker in ministry, the late Allan Tibbels.
If the recent violence in Baltimore is all you know of Sandtown, then you do not know Sandtown. There, God is present, active and alive, says the former pastor of New Song Community Church.
The Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock, center, addresses a crowd at a gathering for social justice.
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The senior pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, says you don’t have to be in a prestigious pulpit to work for justice and the gospel. Look around at the issues in your own community, he says in this interview.
Mural of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, one of the best-known proponents of liberation theology. Romero was assassinated in 1980 while offering Mass. This year, Pope Francis declared Romero a martyr.
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Christian leadership is possible only when leaders are in turn led by God, writes the former president of Fuller Theological Seminary. That is something that even liberation theologians and Pentecostals can agree upon.
Like Paul, military chaplains must sometimes be “all things to all people,” welcoming and praying with people of many faiths, an Army chaplain says. Hospitality to the other never distracts from the one who directs her path.
Belonging is a two-way street, says a young Christian writer. Before she joins any church, she needs to hear the same words Jesus heard at the end of the walk to Emmaus: “Stay with us.”
At a time of increasing religious violence, an Episcopal priest recalls a long-ago visit to the Sikh Golden Temple in northern India, where radical hospitality forever shaped her vision of Christian community.
Our prison system is a giant caging and killing machine, says a prison minister and death penalty opponent, and Christians are called to stand up and address it, freeing the captives and creating a new paradigm of restorative justice.
By examining our assumptions about race and the larger systems that shape our lives, we, like the wise men, can experience the manifestation of God, says a youth ministry leader. We too can experience Christ in the chaos.