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Kathleen Staudt has written a beautiful piece called Why Church? here.

You can access my recent interview about Convergence Christianity at Darkwood Brew here. Topic - emergence and convergence.

Alan Bean posts on Mitt Romney's recent birthed "joke." It wasn't, of course, simply a joke. Whether it was conscious or not, it was a covert message of "us-ness" that sought to render President Obama "the other."

A great feature on my friend and colleague Tony Jones ...
http://www.minnpost.com/driving-change/2012/08/theologian-tony-jones-helps-churches-reach-their-young-restless-and-wired-flo
Tony's blog is one of very few I check nearly every day.

If you missed the Children, Youth, and a New Kind of Christianity event in May, here are some short videos that will give you a taste of what you missed ...

How much confidence do people have in the church/organized religion as compared to other institutions of society? This from Gallup gives both current numbers - and data since the 1970's.

Haven't heard about Animate yet?

This is ridiculous:
http://aclj.org/radical-islam/egypts-christians-grave-danger-muslim-brotherhood-crucifies-opponents
The article is right about one thing: Egyptian Christians need our support. But they are not supported by irresponsible and made-up reports like this which spread fear, hatred, misinformation, and prejudice. If ACLJ cares about justice, they ought to care about the truth. You'll find a helpful rebuttal here:
http://www.middleeastexperience.com/the-muslim-brotherhood-crucifixion-hoax/#.UDuuz46gS21

I'm part of a group that has made a proposal for a presentation at SXSW in 2013. You can help our presentation be picked by casting your vote here:
http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/5112