Christians at the Forefront

David Hayward shared a cartoon today depicting the church as a deliberately slow and obstructionist entity: He notes that this is not something that the church is by definition, nor something that it must be. And so I want to take a moment to remember some of the progressive voices in the Christian tradition: the [Read More...]

Christianity Means Not Knowing All The Answers

Kathy Vestal wrote an interesting post with this title at Red Letter Christians. Here is a taste: [W]e forget our place before God. We twist our religion to be about knowledge. We contrive and memorize “facts” about God, dividing ourselves from those who understand differently, making God into our image rather than us in God’s, [Read More...]

Geez Sermon Contest

If you are a scholar or language geek like me, you probably think this post is about writing a homily in Ethiopic. But it isn’t. Geez magazine is looking for people – not necessarily Christians! – who can produce sermons that get away from the tired and painful familiar cliches. You could win up to [Read More...]

Post-Credal Christianity

The Progressive Christianity website has a large number of articles today about creeds. Here are some of them: Gordon Lynch, “Dreaming of a Post-Credal Christianity” Fred Plumer, “Creeds and Deeds” Jim Burklo, “Credo: God Is” Polly Moore, “New Creeds” And in related news, here’s my “Creed” again, which may get performed at my church sometime [Read More...]

The Bible: Lens or Blindfold?

David Hayward posted another thought-provoking cartoon: There are so many points that one can make in relation to this. The problem of looking for God in the Bible, when by definition any reality worthy of the designation “God” is not to be found in a book. The fact that so many atheists are convinced that [Read More...]

Evolving Christianity

Via Facebook. Christianity is changing all the time. It has evolved and continued to evolve, even on topics such as biological evolution. This t-shirt nicely symbolizes that point.   [Read more...]

Studying the Bible, Loving the Bible

A Facebook friend asked me the following: I’m sure this is an extremely broad question but I’m really curious! How do you combine a love for scripture and a respect for it’s authority whilst still acknowledging the non-historical nature of it? I responded by saying that I thought the question deserved a long reply, and [Read More...]

Your Kingdom Come

This is a recording of a song I wrote recently. Here are the lyrics: Your Kingdom Come Kingdom of misfits Fellowship of fools The company you’re keeping Breaks all the rules We say we accept you And just hate your friends Betrayed with a kiss is How that story ends You were teaching us we [Read More...]

Lead Sheets

I had a request for a lead sheet to the song “Creed” which I recorded and shared recently, and so I thought I would share it here, as well as a lead sheet for the song “Reality (In You I Live)” which I shared here earlier and which we debuted in my church on Easter [Read More...]

Creed

Below is a song I wrote a while back, but haven’t shared publicly until now. I wrote it after a discussion in my Sunday school class about creeds, in which I asked whether a list of beliefs ought to be what characterizes us, or something else. Here are the lyrics, which are also in the [Read More...]

It Is Written vs. God Has Shown Me

Fred Clark has an excellent post highlighting the contrast between two different outlooks reflected in Acts 10:28, which reads as follows:  You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean. On [Read More...]


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