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

Searching for the Masculine Heart with John Sowers

The Heroic Path was born in the hospital, the night my twin daughters were born. I was thrilled but afraid. Exposed. That night, I wrote my thoughts down in a journal. And in the coming weeks, I searched for models - for man guides - for help and guidance. As I looked, I realized we have rare few elders, no rites of passage for manhood and no framework for masculine initiation. We don't even have language for it. So most men gravitate towards or away from the stereotypes: Huge Pickup Truck Guy. Gym Guy. Fantasy Football Guy. Video-Game Guy. MotherBoy. Keep Reading

These are a few of our favorite things … Christmas Edition

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We asked some of our authors a few questions about Christmas and the holiday season. Here’s what we got back!

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On Easter and Holy Week

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Thoughts on Easter and Holy Week, from the Jericho Staff and Authors

As we did on Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day, we took a moment to ask the Jericho staff and authors what Easter means to them this Holy week. Comment below and let us know what Easter means to you.

From ShutterstockHeather Kopp, author of Sober Mercies:

I love Easter Sunday as much as the next Christian. But in recent years, I resonate more with the spiritual themes of Good Friday.

I don’t mean to sound flip, but since God is all-powerful, the idea that He could raise Jesus from the dead is not all that surprising.

But the idea that God Incarnate would make himself vulnerable to his own creation—to the point of death on a cross—astonishes me.

As a recovering drunk, I’m keenly aware that I am powerless over alcohol. The idea that God once made himself as powerless as I am—so that one day I could rely on his awesome power instead of my own—seems almost too good to be true.

Yet here I am sober, living proof that it’s so.

“God allows himself to be edged out of the world and onto the cross. God is weak and powerless in the world, and that is exactly the way, the only way, in which he can be with us and help us.” –Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Phil Madeira, author of God on the Rocks:

Easter is the one Sunday in the year that calls me to rise early. Mind you, I’d rather sleep in. But if I’m vigilant enough to rise, and hightail it to a favorite park before the sun gets there, I can be reminded of the Light that has been visited upon my darkness, from which I raise my mug of coffee and shout “Christ is risen!”


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On Valentine’s Day

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Thoughts on Love, this Valentine’s Day, from the Jericho Staff and Authors

As we did on Thanksgiving, we took a moment to ask the Jericho staff and authors what love means to them on this Valentine’s Day. Comment below and let us know what love means to you.

Phil Madeira, author of God on the Rocks:

My Southern Born Woman resists Valentine’s Day. In the early days of our courtship, I found this quirk to be annoying. All the easy traditional opportunities to present symbols of my affection for her where thwarted by her distaste for the commercialization of the day.

As has often been the case, her quirks were a gift to our relationship. She didn’t want the expressions of love and desire to be connected to a string around my finger. She liked flowers to come unexpectedly, and a love note to be inspired by something other than routine.

The best way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is by loving without a calendar.

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Brian McLaren on Lillian Daniel

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I think Lillian Daniel became famous for the words: “Please stop boring me.”

She put them in a blog post that went viral and suddenly people all around were talking about this bright and bold UCC minister from the Midwest.

Lillian finally said what a lot of folks had been thinking – especially leaders in churches that are certifiably part of “organized religion” – when they heard the ninety-seventh person say four other highly predictable words, “I’m spiritual but not ….”

Of course the word “religious” completed the sentence. And of course Lillian and thousands of others have every right to be tired of hearing about how the person next to them on a plane doesn’t need the church anymore because they find God in sunsets and puppies.

One could imagine how a doctor would feel if he heard ninety-eight people say, “I don’t really go to doctors anymore. I just consult a website.” Or how a politics or history professor would feel after ninety-nine people say, “Universities are really outdated now that we have Cable News and talk radio.”

“Please stop boring me” would be a completely understandable response.

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Can We Cross the Road as Christ? Becca Stevens Talks Brian McLaren

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Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? Brian McLarenBrian McLaren in his recent book, Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?, uses this old riddle formula to pose serious and thought-provoking questions. Can we be faithful Christians and still love our neighbors? Can we cross the proverbial road together today in our “world torn by religious hostility” with the same intense spirit of love and hospitality that identified our respective forbearers? Can we cross the road as Christ?

McLaren not only poses these questions, but provides us with a path on how to remain faithful Christians while embracing our non-Christian neighbors. By charging us to explore the basis of our hostility by understanding its origins, we will stop seeing ourselves “as the good guys and the others as the bad guys.” Starting with lessons learned from a Muslim boy, Brian begins to outline the means for profound change vital to a more peaceful world and a “new direction in human history.”

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