Best Response to, “I think I don’t believe in Santa anymore.”

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A few months ago I made an aside in my review of the book Will There Be Faith? A New Vision for Educating and Growing Disciples that the author Thomas Groome, a master in the field of Christian Education, includes one of the best responses I've ever heard to the statement from his nine-year-old son, “Hey, Dad, I think I don’t believe in Santa Claus anymore” (300-301). In the spirit of the holidays, I will share Groome's response. Groome calls his model "Life to Faith to Life," and it … [Read more...]

Highlights from Marcus Borg and Diana Butler Bass Lectures (Part 7 of 7)

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The introductory post to this blog series is available here. The highlights from Bass’ three lectures are available here, here, and here. Borg’s first two lectures are here and here. My musings on the lectures are in brackets. Marcus Borg's third and final lecture was titled: Reclaiming Christian Language: Compassion and Justice … [Read more...]

Musical Setting of Jesus’ Greatest Commandments?

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Diana Butler Bass helped popularize the term "Great Command Christianity," and I'm on record as agreeing with her about how central Jesus' "Greatest Commandments" should be for progressive Christians. When asked, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus could have selected from the Torah any of the commandments. He could have chosen one the passages that have been used to justify patriarchy, xenophobia, or violence; but he chose the commandment in Deuteronomy 6:5 that, “You shall … [Read more...]

Highlights from Marcus Borg and Diana Butler Bass Lectures (Part 6 of 7)

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The introductory post to this blog series is available here. The highlights from Bass’ first two lectures are available here and here. Borg’s first two lectures are here and here. My musings on the lectures are in brackets. Diana Butler Bass' third and final lecture in the series was titled, Great Awakening: Opening Our Eyes: Who We Are, What We Can Do, and How Everything Can Change   … [Read more...]

Highlights from Marcus Borg and Diana Butler Bass Lectures (Part 5 of 7)

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The introductory post to this blog series is available here. The highlights from Bass’ first two lectures are available here and here. Borg’s first lecture is here. My musings on the lectures are in brackets. Borg's second lecture was titled, "Case Study: Salvation (and its siblings: 'Saved' and 'Savior')." … [Read more...]

Highlights from Marcus Borg and Diana Butler Bass Lectures (Part 4 of 7)

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The introductory post to this blog series is available here. The highlights from Bass' first lecture are available here and Borg's here. My musings on the lectures are in brackets. Diana Butler Bass' second lecture (of three total lectures) was titled, “Faith: From Convention to Experience.” [This title reminds me of James Fowler's important work on Stages of Faith, particularly the shift from Stage 3, "Conventional" faith to Stage 4, "Individuative-Reflective" faith. For more, see … [Read more...]


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