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Shane Claiborne on Super-sized & Mega-everything

Shane Claiborne on the importance of community, consumerism and authentic relationships: “That’s the exciting thing - there’s a whole generation of people that are really longing for community and are actually pretty suspicious of mega-anything. Read More »

An Intentional Dissident is Here

I regularly receive e-mail comments, statements, and/or suggestions from my readers. I deeply appreciate them all. I sometimes receive a comment, statement, or suggestion that is seriously post worthy. This was the case with the following e-mail (posted in full, and with reader’s permission), sent to me from a wonderful teacher at a missionary training school. Read More »

The Inspiration and Challenge of Helen B. Montgomery

Helen Barrett Montgomery is as inspirational and challenging as Dorothy Day and her Catholic Worker Movement. Montgomery wrote extensively for her denomination’s weekly news and comment journal – aka “The Baptist.” More importantly than the work she did, however, was the content of the work actually submitted. Montgomery’s work was characterized by an authority all its own and pointed toward something existing well beyond the very limited scope of her own day’s controversial Christian conversation. Read More »

Day Leaps the Social Gospellers’ Gap

Walter Rauschenbusch advanced the social gospel from a position of wealth and privilege. Washington Gladden at least tried to build a bridge between Protestantism and the working class poor; the same can’t be said for Rauschenbusch. The real-time separation existing between poor, working class people and social Gospel aficionados is a reality with which few supporters openly wrestle. Relevant connections between social gospellers and the people to whom they ministered were very rare, indeed. The only social connection shared between Rauschenbusch and the people he served was the act of ministry itself. Rauschenbusch was neither poor, nor working class. He was a member of the white, male clergy. He was inundated with unspoken authority and power. These supplied him with more than a little prestige and position, for his day. This does not mean, however, the social Gospel was a complete failure. People were unarguably served by Rauschenbusch and other social gospellers, in spite of their superior social positions. Read More »