Dear Religion,

This is a guest post from Matt Distefano.Matthew J. Distefano is the author of All Set Free and From the Blood of Abel. He is a regular contributor for the Unfundamentalist Christians blog on Patheos. Dear Religion,You entered my life at such an early age that I cannot re … [Read more...]

The Lord Is a Man of War(?): How the Hebrew Bible Paves the Way for Christ’s Peaceful Kingdom. Part 3 of 3

This is the final installment in a series by guest blogger Brennan T. HughesBrennan T. (“Bren”) Hughes, a former minister, is a musician, licensed attorney and criminal-law scholar.  He lives with his family in Kentucky Coal Country.  The author of the spiritual empowerment book, Heaven's Mus … [Read more...]

The Lord Is a Man of War(?): How the Hebrew Bible Paves the Way for Christ’s Peaceful Kingdom. Part 2 of 3

This is part two of a three part series by guest blogger Brennan T. Hughes.Brennan T. (“Bren”) Hughes, a former minister, is a musician, licensed attorney and criminal-law scholar.  He lives with his family in Kentucky Coal Country.  The author of the spiritual empowerment book, Heaven's Musc … [Read more...]

America’s Samaritan Problem

 The way we read the Bible says more about us than it does about God.As a mimetic theorist I read the Bible with a certain dose of skepticism, a healthy ‘hermeneutics of suspicion.’ No, I do not take the Bible at face value as the ‘Word of God’ because if I did I would be forced to say t … [Read more...]

The Lord Is a Man of War(?): How the Hebrew Bible Paves the Way for Christ’s Peaceful Kingdom. Part 1 of 3

This is a guest post by Brennan T. HughesBrennan T. (“Bren”) Hughes, a former minister, is a musician, licensed attorney and criminal-law scholar.  He lives with his family in Kentucky Coal Country.  The author of the spiritual empowerment book, Heaven's Muscle, Bren shares his writings, vide … [Read more...]

The Progressive Church is America’s Last Hope (or A post on How to Really Irritate the Evangelical Trolls)

As though the Right does not have its playbooks. Of course it does. The entire Religious Right has its home schooling, hate worldly culture, live righteous and holy lives and dominate everyone else handbooks and social programming, as does every single Evangelical and Fundamentalist church out … [Read more...]

A Post to Irritate the Evangelical Trolls

I truly, truly apologize for the length of today’s post but inasmuch as it is THE key question plaguing contemporary Christianity, it cannot have a short, sweet and simple answer but deserves to be considered fully. Once on my Facebook Page a poster commented to another poster, “I see th … [Read more...]

The Desacralization of Christianity

One of the things that I stressed in my book The Jesus Driven Life was that Jesus deconstructed the three pillars of second Temple Judaism: Land, Temple and Torah. Jesus did not share in the views of his contemporaries that certain tracts of land were ‘holy’ (see John 4), nor were certain religious e … [Read more...]

Trying an Experiment in Virtual Community

I began blogging on Patheos sometime in September of 2015. I had been successful at that time in drawing an audience on Facebook to whom I was writing lengthy theological posts. I particularly emphasized the sacrificial hermeneutic of Christianity and the alternative of a nonviolent peacemaking … [Read more...]

Exciting New Changes

Just an announcement that exciting new changes are coming to this page beginning February 1st!!! Stay tuned. … [Read more...]