Everything Wrong With Christianity on One Church Sign

I saw it recently on the sign of a church on the outskirts of a small Midwestern city. “God Saw What You Did.” Five words. One big threat. Encapsulating so much of what drives people away from religion in general and Christianity in particular. Shame. Blame. Judgement. Threat. Consider the doctrine of God implied by [Read More…]

“You Call Us, Christ-Sophia”

Recently, I shared a story about the power of images and language for God in which the author asks: How many biblical images of God are there?  What about the deeply theological work behind expansive language for God?  We were indoctrinating children into an exclusively male image of God and it didn’t seem like anyone noticed or [Read More…]

Can a Story Make You Believe in God?

So, can a story make you believe in God? Note:  In this post, I take up a central question posed by the framing of Life of Pi.  If you don’t want to know how it ends yet, read this post after you read the book or see the movie. “So tell me, since it makes [Read More…]

Does Gratitude Require God?

In his book Living Buddha, Living Christ, Thich Nhat Hanh relates an episode in a section titled “To Be Grateful.” “During a conference on religion and peace, a Protestant minister came up to me toward the end of one of our meals together and said, ‘Are you a grateful person?’  I was surprised.  I was [Read More…]