The Bible is NOT the WORD OF GOD: a polemic against Christendom

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The bible is not the WORD OF GOD. And if we believe it as such, then we have made the bible into an idol. The bible has become the Church’s idol. It is the Golden Calf of our day. The ancient Hebrews had taken the God of their forefathers and formed him into their image. They made him take on their identity because they could not grasp to what extent the WORD OF GOD was present with them. Yes, indeed it has been said for thousands of years that the ancient Hebrews were fools for doing so, but my … [Read more...]

Do You Mean, “Yes”?

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There is a passage in Scripture that says not to swear by anything on the earth or the heavens, but let your “yes” be “yes” and your “no” be “no”. (James 5:12) I think one of the fundamental blocks most people struggle with is the desire to be a selfless person; and yet as a result of obligation, guilt and expectations, we lose the honesty of our “yes” and our “no”, and thus become selfish because the meaning of our desires and our words have lost their power. I know for me, that when I am in r … [Read more...]

What’s Wrong With the “New Reformed” Movement? Part 2

Soon after I left the New Reformed movement, I took an American Literature class. I was surprised to learn just how much Calvinism had influenced many of the early American classics. One author in particular drew me in: Nathaniel Hawthorne. I don't know much about Hawthorne, but after I read Young Goodman Brown, it felt like I knew exactly where he was coming from.The first negative experience I can remember coming from a New Calvinist preacher was when he described going to a baseball game, … [Read more...]

Rediscovering Process Thought: An Unbeliever at the Hub of Process Theology

Before I ever applied for a Ph.D. program at Claremont School of Theology, I was aware that CST was primarily known for its work in process theology.  I had heard of John B. Cobb, David Ray Griffin, Philip Clayton and the Center for Process Studies, but that was about it.  During my graduate studies at Boston University’s School of Theology (another School of Theology sponsored by the United Methodist Church) I had read portions of A.N. Whitehead’s Process and Reality, Cobb & Griffin’s Proces … [Read more...]

God Stories

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God is active in every story, and as such, He is often the invisible Character. Part of being a follower of Christ is becoming more and more acutely aware that God is a part of every aspect of our lives. That God is moving, crafting us, showing us grace and mercy; that God is with us in joy and sorrows, in victories and defeats.  People may doubt the claims of the Gospel, but the one thing they can’t doubt and can’t deny is its affects on your life. That’s why your story is so important. Your st … [Read more...]

Is “Prodigal Christianity” Sustainable?

A couple of weeks ago, Tony Jones posted an introductory video to a new book by Geoff Holsclaw and David Fitch called Prodigal Christianity. I posted my initial thoughts, and then began a conversation with Geoff about the book via email. I told Geoff that I would read the rest of the book, and then try to write a review. But, once I got the book and starting reading it, it felt like I was being taken back in time three years. I hope that doesn’t sound condescending, so let me explain:When my … [Read more...]

Learning How to Walk Again

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Learning to walk again… I have found this word picture to be a very helpful metaphor that creates in me an openness, a desire and a longing to embrace my personal spiritual recovery.  This metaphor is rooted in the Christ story, particularly in the second Adam image found in Romans 5.  By “second Adam”, I am referring to the Genesis narrative that tells the story of the original intention of God for humanity which was an intimate, seamless and a creative relationship with God.  This image also re … [Read more...]

#SKEPTIMERGENT: truth or love?

I have a theory: those so-called "liberal" or "progressive" people who are trying to understand what the Bible means today are doing so primarily because of love.Here's what I mean... I think a huge part of my own personal conflict within evangelicalism was a conflict between "truth" - or what was "right" - and love. The more I attempted to make sense of the Bible in light of my actual relationships with real people, the less concerned I was with being truthful or being right.What if thi … [Read more...]

Invited to Question

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I love the Bible. For some of you reading this that might seem strange; for others, you might know what I mean. But I do want to clarify. I love the Bible today for different reasons than I did even 10 years ago. Back then, I would have said I love the Bible because it reveals God’s love and direction for those who follow Christ. Today, however, I love it for a different reason. And the best way I know how to express that, is that it now confirms my experience of God and invites me into the h … [Read more...]

#SKEPTIMERGENT: trophy bibles

I am uncontrollably drawn to people who share one of my passions: the Bible. But, ironically, the people I think who most share my fascination with that "sacred" library of documents are not typically of the orthodox Christian variety. The people who seem to be most interested in the Bible - the people who actually read it, study it, analyze it, question it - tend to be atheists, agnostics,  unorthodox Christians, and so on.It didn't take me long to pick up on this when I was employed by … [Read more...]


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