“The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words. George Orwell made this clear in his novel 1984. But another way to control the minds of people is to control their perceptions. If you can get them to see the world as you do, they will think as you do. Comprehension follows perception.” — Philip K. Dick, “How to… Read more

We all have heard the statistics before (which I won’t bore you with), but, millennials are leaving the Church in droves… We are well aware of this; it’s what we’re unaware of that I want to look into a bit more; it’s the question of “What exactly happens to our brains when or if we stop believing there is a God?” An older mentor of mine who was once a highly sought after Evangelical preacher has now turned Atheist said… Read more

Saying “difficult people/person,” it’s both redundant and untrue. Because, while we’re each uniquely different, none of us are difficult to love; perhaps one just has yet to find the right people to surround themselves with. One of the greatest poets and wordsmiths of our time once said, “The realest people don’t have a lot of friends.” True, but… Read more

Having been in and out of both progressive and conservative circles, communities, schools, and churches the one thing I’ve noticed we both have in common is that we don’t know how to have fun. We’ll let me reiterate that it’s not that we don’t know how… it’s up for one reason or another we seem to not have too much of it.   Read more

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

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