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‘Selma:' We Are, Because They Were

In the first moments of <i>Selma</i><i>,</i> I feel butterflies rise in my stomach as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (David Oyelowo) practices his 1964 Nobel Peace …

'Selma's David Oyelowo on Playing MLK and What It Means to Be a Christian

“I do know the voice of God.”<p>That’s what David Oyelowo, the actor who beautifully portrays Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the new film <i>Selma,</i> told me …

35 Spiritual Goal Ideas!

Since we're heading into a brand new year, I thought I'd share some ideas for setting spiritual goals. Here are 35 ideas to get your wheels turning …

15 Phrases That Will Change Your Life In 2015

As the new year approaches, many of us will resolve to transform our bodies -- but what about our minds?<p>Giving ourselves a mental makeover could be just as important as giving ourselves a physical one. But accomplishing that doesn't just lie in changing our thoughts -- it's also dependent on …

To the Dying Church: Use Your Words

To the dying church,<p>The ongoing decline of American Christianity is well documented. A quick Google search of “mainline decline” provides statistics, …

To the Dying Church: Offer Us the Hope You Once Did

My Dear Friend,<p>It breaks my heart to be the one to tell you this, but I figured you might be more receptive hearing this from me. I think you already …

To the Dying Church: Sharing our Wounds

To the dying church,<p>Sometimes you have to get worse before you get better. You are dying because you’ve been applying band aids for a far deeper …

To the Dying Church: Do What You Came Here to Do

To the dying church,<p>I think I missed the moment. It was a pretty big moment, too. At least here in the United States, you were a force to be reckoned …

The Tribes of Rob Bell, Mark Driscoll, John Piper ... and Jesus

Christianity consists of thousands of tribes, cliques, and communities — each with different theologies, traditions, and doctrinal beliefs. Within a …

How to grow hollyhocks

Our 90-second gardener Sarah Raven shows her preferred method of sowing hollyhocks and other flower seeds<p>1. There are so many different ways to sow flower seeds – whether it’s perennials, annuals or biennials. I’m sowing <b>hollyhocks</b>, but now’s also a good time to sow <b>delphiniums</b>, <b>Linaria ‘Canon Went’</b>, …

Gardening

Homes and gardens spring special: salad days

I am quietly confident that everyone can grow great salads. There's a risk your radishes may go woody; the lettuce could taste bitter or, worse, a slug may dine first; but if you fail at pea shoots and rocket, I suggest someone takes your pulse. With a bit of space in pots or beds, and a few …

How to create a butterfly garden

Walking through the hay meadows in Transylvania this summer felt like a visit to a perfect place, not just for the wildflowers – the salvias, aquilegias and orchids – but for the butterflies you kick up with every step. It’s not, I have to admit, quite as miraculous as the story a friend of mine …

Death Over Dinner, The Conversation Project Aim To Spark Discussions About The End Of Life

On the evening of Jan. 7, Rosemary Lloyd, a retired Unitarian Universalist minister who lives outside Boston, will host one of the most unusual dinners of her life.<p>With her husband, son, stepdaughters, and a lifelong friend from high school at the table, Lloyd, who plans to serve an otherwise …

The Myths of Meditation | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

When we look at the peaceful monks sitting in meditation we likely have some interesting opinions about what it is that they are actually doing. We …

Meditation

Hello, My Name Is Church

Hello my name is church,<p>I'm sure you've heard a lot about me. I have no shortage of critics. Perhaps you have heard that I am...<p>Boring<p>Shallow<p>Cheap<p>A waste of time<p>You've heard that I am full of:<p>Hypocrites<p>Clowns<p>Greedy people<p>The self-righteous<p>Maybe you have visited me before and discovered:<p>Horrible …

Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore

That's the title of a new book written by Joani Schultz and Thom Schultz. And it's a question those leaving are more than ready to answer. The problem is, few insiders are listening.<p>And, of course, that <i>IS</i> the problem.<p>In a recent issue of <i>Christianity Today</i>, for example, Ed Stetzer wrote an article …

Yes, Community. But Then What? A Conversation with Brian McLaren, Stephanie Spellers, and Doug Pagitt

I can’t count how many times I’ve heard people within mainline Christian churches note that, though they don’t embrace all of the theological …

Five Things That Are Holding Christianity Back

I’m often asked about what trends I see within Christianity, both good and bad. So in my ongoing effort to help name trends and offer an alternative …

Gardens: the September checklist

PLANT BULBS<p>Plant spring bulbs as soon as they become available. Always open the packaging to avoid rotting, and keep them away from mice and in a cool, airy place if you don't plan to plant them immediately. Make the most of the warmth in the ground so that they can get their roots established …

10 Easy Pieces: Seed-Saving Envelopes

Whether you’re saving them for yourself or giving them away as gifts, here are ten envelopes to help store your seeds this fall.<p>To learn how to save …