Whatever happened to that “liberal” part of the Christian movement that was actually about doing social justice? I’m referencing those stats we’d always hear from men like Tony Campolo or the early 2000’s version of Hillsong United… “First, while you were sleeping last night, 30,000 kids died of starvation or diseases related to malnutrition. Second, most of you don’t give a shit. What’s worse is that you’re more upset with the fact that I said shit than the fact that 30,000 kids… Read more

In Luke 22:47-53, Ever wondered where Peter got that sword from when he chopped off that guy’s ear? In short, Jesus told him to purchase it… “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.” – Jesus Before Jesus was arrested, tried and murdered He told his disciples to sell off their “cloaks” and then use the money to buy for themselves swords… Read more

Written by Tylor Standley I found progressive Christianity during my attempt to find a community—a tradition—that exemplified the sort of love and charity that early Christians talked about so often. I found in progressivism people who fought against the gatekeepers that pushed me away from the conservative fringes of the faith—the people who thought they had the authority to separate the wheat from the tares. I found a new home. Or so I thought. Read more

Did the Resurrection Really happen? Like, the literal, physical, bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ… I mean, probably not. BUT, before anyone casts that electronic stone in the form of a comment, forever anathematizing me from their RSS feed (which, if I’m not on yours already then…) just read to the end, then comment away! Consider this: Historicity does not dictate meaning and/or interpretation; History cannot be proven; we can only verify what most probably happened; Natural law is not an impervious barrier our theological interpretation(s)… Read more

Years ago I heard a story of a pastor who lost his faith. I’ve heard various renditions of similar stories. None of which I know or could confirm to be true… Regardless, I imagine this is how our biblical parables were pieced together; while incongruency is there, the moral of the story remains. But, Like any other person’s faith, this pastor’s Faith didn’t die overnight; it happened slowly, steadily, and then suddenly… all at once. Some might call it death… Read more

Written by Christena Cleveland (Note: Since many pastors, church leaders, and readers of this blog are married, these tips are written for that audience. The irony that I’m writing a blog post about singleness for married people is not lost on me. :))  1. Admit that singleness is complex and that you know little to nothing about it. A lot of people seem to think that singleness is to marriage as junior varsity is to varsity. As a result, married people sometimes mistakenly believe… Read more

Lent is Not for the Oppressed…  In order for any of this to make sense, you must understand that the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ was political. Christ posed a threat to the empire and so they tortured him into submission, labeled him a “terrorist,” and then justified his execution. It’s not that Lent or Ash Wednesday or this whole “forty-days-of-Lent-thing” are unBiblical (per say), it’s just that, it’s not very “Christian.” At best, Lent is a time for the privilege… Read more

This tweet caught my eye and inspired my next two posts… In some cases, it’s already at that point. You only have to look at places like Chicago, Detroit, Washington, and New Orleans – cities with crazy high gun control laws and cities that have the most murders by guns. — Jason Vana Is there a way for us to implement a control on guns without it turning into another “war on drugs”? I mean, what’s this really about? What’s… Read more

Three Reasons Billy Graham is Definitely Not an “Evangelical” Written by Tylor Standley It’s hard to picture anyone other than Billy Graham when thinking about “evangelicalism.” The term is notoriously difficult to define, but somehow he embodied it best. Yet, while he may have embodied the Evangelicalism of yesteryear, can we say the same today? The list of those qualified to be called “Evangelical” gets a little shorter every day. I’ve already mentioned Rev. Graham among a few that should… Read more

5 Legitimate Reasons People No Longer Trust the Church Well, look, it started with Constantine… the good news is that I think it’ll end with Jesus but, there’s work to be done. I’ve said it before that “the internet is killing Christianity,” I was wrong, it’s not… The church is killing Christianity. The internet has just shown us we’re not alone in feeling as if this is intolerable. It’s no exaggeration in my saying that if Jesus was alive today… Read more

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