DISQUIET TIME: Rants and Reflections on the Good Book

Let’s face it—the Bible is full of not-so-precious moments, from murder and mayhem, to sex and slavery. Instead of ignoring the difficult (yet entertaining) passages of Scripture, editors Jennifer Grant and Cathleen Falsani take them head-on in their new book, Disquiet Time: Rants and Reflections on the Good Book by the Skeptical, the Faithful, and a Few Scoundrels. “Most of us are well acquainted with the itchy, out-of-place feelings wrought by the spiritual subcultures in which we have sometimes found ourselves,” Falsani and Grant write. Disquiet Time gives readers “permission and a safe space” to engage the Bible deeply and Keep Reading

Leroy Barber's New Book Calls for Diversity in Christian Missions

Longtime missions worker and ministry leader Leroy Barber challenges the tenet in practice in one of the church’s best-loved children’s songs in his new book Red, Brown, Yellow, Black, White—Who’s More Precious In God’s Sight: A Call for Diversity in Christian Missions and Ministry. Exposing a huge racial divide within mission staff and leadership, Barber says this separation prevents church outreach teams from being able to relate, and thus minister effectively, in inner-city and urban communities nationwide. Addressing a taboo topic with grace and tough-love, Barber highlights the historical patterns that created racial discrepancies within ministry and reveals what diversity is Keep Reading

Our Great Big American God by Matthew Paul Turner

Culture critic Matthew Paul Turner dares to ask: Does God control the future of America-or is it the other way around? In Our Great Big American God, which is available in bookstores everywhere, Turner examines how American history and ideals transformed our perception of God. “To some extent, we are all ‘growing’ God, stuffing his mouth full with ideas, themes, and theologies, fattening him up with a story line we believe to be true. For good or bad, we are all molding God to reflect our own personal, American interpretation of Christian faith,” he said. Fearless and funny, this is the definitive guide Keep Reading

Defining PostChristian with Christian Piatt

postCHRISTIAN by Christian Piatt releases to bookstores everywhere today! To celebrate, we're sharing an excerpt from Chapter One called "Lions and Lambs." Find out more about the book and buy your copy now! "Post-Christianity” is an often-misunderstood term. It means that today we live in a culture where Christianity is no longer the baseline for cultural identity and discourse. We are witnessing the end of Christendom in the West as many have come to understand it: the dissolution of Christian hegemony. Some who value freedom of religion in a broader sense—or even freedom from it—view this favorably because it suggests Keep Reading

Jericho Authors at Wild Goose Festival 2014

We couldn’t be anymore excited about this year's jubilee of authors, activists and musicians at the 2014 Wild Goose Festival. Whether standing in front of a stage or around the campfires, we look forward to discussing justice, spirituality, music and art. Our own list of Jericho Book authors will be joining in the festivities as well, so make sure you stop by and introduce yourself…maybe we can even roast a marshmallow together! Wild Goose kicks off today and goes through Sunday. For a full schedule of events, visit: http://wildgoosefestival.org/schedule.   Brian McLaren, author of We Make the Road by Walking, Why Did Jesus, Moses, The Keep Reading

Jericho Authors at Wild Goose Festival 2014

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We couldn’t be anymore excited about this year’s jubilee of authors, activists and musicians at the 2014 Wild Goose Festival. Whether standing in front of a stage or around the campfires, we look forward to discussing justice, spirituality, music and art.

Our own list of Jericho Book authors will be joining in the festivities as well, so make sure you stop by and introduce yourself…maybe we can even roast a marshmallow together!

Wild Goose kicks off today and goes through Sunday. For a full schedule of events, visit: http://wildgoosefestival.org/schedule.

 

McLaren-Briancrop-280x140Brian McLaren, author of We Make the Road by Walking, Why Did Jesus, Moses, The Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?

Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. After teaching college English, McLaren pastored Cedar Ridge Community Church in the Baltimore-Washington DC area. Brian has been active in networking and mentoring church planters and pastors for over 20 years. Read more…

 

 

 

phil-maderia-on-heather-koppHeather Kopp, author of Sober Mercies

Heather Kopp is an author, editor and blogger. Among her books are a critically acclaimed memoir, I Went to the Animal Fair and The Dieter’s Prayer Book. With her husband, David, she wrote Roar! A Christian Family Guide to the Chronicles of Narnia, the Praying the Bible series, and other books. Heather blogs about addiction, grace and recovery at HeatherKopp.com. Read more…

 

 

 

JonMichal-crop-NEW-280x140Jon Sweeney, author of Inventing Hell and Mixed-Up Love

Jon M. Sweeney is an independent scholar, culture critic, and popular speaker with 25 years of experience in spirituality trade publishing. He’s the author of many books including The Pope Who Quit: A True Medieval Tale of Mystery, Death, and Salvation, recently optioned by HBO, Inc. Read more…

 

 

 

ChristianPiatt-crop-280x140Christian Piatt, author of postChristian

Christian Piatt is an author, editor, speaker, musician and spoken word artist. He co-founded Milagro Christian Church in Pueblo, Colorado with his wife, Rev. Amy Piatt, in 2004. Christian is the creator and editor of the Banned Questions book series, which include Banned Questions About the Bible and Banned Questions About Jesus. Read more…

 

 

 

LeroyBarber-crop-280x140Leroy Barber, author of Red, Brown, Yellow, Black, White—Who’s More Precious in God’s Sight?

Leroy Barber is the President of Mission Year and FCS Urban Ministries in Atlanta. Barber has been working cross-culturally in urban missions setting for 23 years. He founded and is on the pastoral team of Community Life Church, and he also founded Restoration Ministries in Philadelphia and Atlanta Youth Academies. Read more…

 

 

 

SarahThebarge-crop-280x140Sarah Thebarge, author of The Invisible Girls

Sarah Thebarge grew up as a pastor’s kid in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She earned a masters degree in Medical Science from Yale School of Medicine and was studying Journalism at Columbia University when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 27. Read more…

 

 

 

Sara Miles, author of City of GodSara Miles, author of Take This Bread, Jesus Freak, and City of God

Sara Miles is the founder and director of The Food Pantry, and serves as Director of Ministry at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco. She is a former restaurant cook, war correspondent and journalist, and her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, Salon, and on National Public Radio. Read more…

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Recap the Third: Wild Goose Festival

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As you can see, I’m still dwelling on Wild Goose. Working the booth for Jericho, I got asked all kinds of questions: “What do you do for Jericho?”; “Are y’all based in Nashville?”; “Who do I talk to about getting my book published?” “Where’s Wendy?” Hopefully I answered those questions with at least moderate accuracy.

The Jericho Booth at Wild GooseOne question I was asked really sticks out in my mind. Among the other vendors was a social-justice-inspired t-shirt printing company, and one of the girls working the booth (forgive me for not remembering her name), walked up and checked out our already published books. She looked around, and then asked with curiosity, “So…what is this all about?” When she asked the question, I assumed she was talking about Jericho Books, so I started into the, ‘we publish this author, and that author’ speech and gave her as much of the Jericho mission statement as I could remember. But, then she stopped me and said, “No I mean, like, what is this festival about?” I started to go into it: Well, it’s a Progressive Christian festival about sorting out what’s right for everyone…well, it’s a non-exclusive religious festival about looking after each other…eh well it’s also about social justice…but, it is about approaching the Bible critically but open, and I kept going without a def (more…)

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Goosebumps at Wild Goose

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There is something about the Wild Goose festival that never ceases to amaze me.

Philip Yancey at Wild GooseI can’t quite put my finger on it but it is reminiscent of Fair Day from my childhood. For those of you who don’t know about this, I will attempt to explain. When I was a girl, the Mid-South Fair would come to town every autumn. We had a ½-day of school and were given the rest of the day off to go to the Fair. I. Could. Not. Wait. I was antsy leading up to it, desperate for it to arrive. (It was the ideal bargaining chip for my parents to ensure best behavior as well.) It was a struggle to get to sleep the night before and inevitably my dreams would be full of rides and fun houses and cotton candy. I can still remember that anticipation. It gives me goosebumps even now to think about it. Santa Claus had nothing on Fair Day. It was the anticipation for Fair Day that wraps up the feelings I have about the Wild Goose Festival. Because, let’s face it, as grown-ups, there are very few times that we get so keyed up for something that is approaching.

I can honestly say, hand on heart, that the lead up to Wild Goose brings about that same anticipation, and the goosebumps. And the planning, oh! I make lists, I start piles, I start checking the website daily for the countdown. I watch for the schedule to go up. There is also the anti-climax once the Goose has flown. I have waited over weeks to write my blog post because frankly, thinking about the Goose being over makes me terribly, terribly sad. Call me a softly, sentimental, silly, whatever you like for I am surely all of those. And yes, perhaps I romanticize it a bit much, but it makes my feelings no less genuine.
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Wild Goose 2013 Recap Part 2

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Wild Goose Festival 2013This time last year, we were preparing for our inaugural book, Brian McLaren’s Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?, and Brian’s discussions at Wild Goose ‘12 centered around that inter-faith discussion.

At Wild Goose ‘13 Brian continued the discussion, only this time, he brought back-up. Along with him, came voices of other religions which opened new threads in the discussion. Joining Brian in the conversation this year were Ani Zonneveld from Muslims for Progressive Values and Stuart Davis, a Zen Buddhist in the process of moving to Amsterdam. Each started with their stories, providing a snapshot of how they arrived at this point in their lives. What was captivating was that they all painted an incredibly similar, yet entirely different, story. Like Brian, Stuart was introduced to Christianity at a young age with a fairly conservative upbringing. Ani Zonneveld moved around the globe with her parents, and though her story started out in a different light, it ended up in the same sort of conservative manner (due in part to the change in leadership in Islam).
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Wild Goose 2013 Recap Part 1

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One of the most memorable things said at Wild Goose 2013 came from Frank Schaeffer. At the beginning of the festival, at the Darkwood Brew Unplugged session, hosted by him and Eric Elnes, Frank said: “Certainty is the enemy of Truth.” It rang true for me the entire weekend.

Certainty and Truth, Frank Schaeffer
“Certainty is the enemy of truth” is an exploratory remark that caused me to look inward at the things I believed I was certain of and was intended to open up an internal discussion. So often we as humans are so certain that our certainties are in fact truth. That often gets us into trouble. Frank’s statement means simply that truth is an ever-changing exploration of the moments and thoughts that create a whole idea—it’s a fluid thing that constantly deserves examination.

Wild Goose Festival 2013I think ultimately that’s the goal that the folks at Wild Goose adhere to. They’re not pointing any fingers at those who have reported “truths” that may or may not have been right or righteous in the end, but they’re saying, let’s take a look at it. Let’s not be so certain about something because it has been labeled truth, and let’s always allow for a the chance to change. Uncertainty is a virtue in Christianity, and an undervalued one. Without the desire to know more, without the yearning for knowing who or what God is, we’ve lost an important part of being human (something I think that Eric Elnes may have said).

Taking a look at the Bible, uncertainty appears to be one of the largest veins present throughout the entire text. Even the early leaders of the Church were called to question. Christ tells Peter, you’re going to deny me three times. Even Christ himself in his most Human moment questions what he must go through. So many times throughout the Bible uncertainty rears its beautiful head, in the hopes we will learn the most valuable lesson: that it’s the search for truth that is at the heart of our spirituality, not getting to an end game.

Wild Goose Festival 2013 StageWild Goose is a place where it’s okay to want to learn more about the endgame than reporting on what we believe the endgame might be. What we believe about suffering, or our relationship to the “Other”, what a pastor, preacher, leader and so on should look like, the meaning of the connection of music to our soul (or rather to God), or even our relationship with ourselves, were topics all raised for questioning at this year’s Wild Goose. Hopefully that fuels a change in the people who were there that then trickles out to everyone.

More recaps around the Jericho authors at Wild Goose in the coming days.

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