Sober Mercies by Heather Kopp named a finalist for the ECPA Award!

"SOBER MERCIES is simply one of the best, most honest, brilliantly written memoirs I've read. Heather Kopp gives such encouragement for when we wonder why faith alone hasn't rescued us from destructive habits. Her story stands as a beacon of hope for all of us in a broken world." --- Jud Wilhite, author of Pursued, senior pastor of Central Christian Church Sober Mercies by Heather Kopp is one of the ECPA's top Inspirational book's of the year! Presented annually to the finest in Christian publishing since 1978, the Christian Book Award® program honors titles in seven categories: Bibles, Bible Reference, Non-Fiction, Fiction, Keep Reading

Valentine's Day, from Lillian Daniel

An excerpt from When 'Spiritual but Not Religious' is not enough, on love and Valentine's Day. Keep Reading

Sara Miles: God is Everywhere

Sarah Miles: But what strikes me as different in Oaxaca is that its scores of churches ... stay wide open. Keep Reading

Slideshow: 2013 Social Justice Advent Calendar

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Day 25: (RED) – Justice : Giving : Advent : Calendar

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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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