The Future of Liberal Theology

A recent post on the blog an und für sich offers both an insightful retrospective on the nature of liberal theology (including noting the irony of the classic language of “husk vs. kernel” which ends up looking a lot like the “letter vs. spirit” dichotomy of supercessionist theologies), and a vision for the future. Here [Read More…]

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A Church You Can Relate To

Allan Bevere shared the above image on Facebook. It certainly reflects a popular stereotype many conservatives have of liberal churches. But when one looks closely at such claims, a paradox emerges. Supposedly, liberal churches are pandering to the world for the sake of popularity. And yet liberal churches do not seem to be distinctively popular, [Read More…]

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North Star

A while back I shared a quote from Samantha Field which I turned into a meme image. I’ve been thinking since then that “North Star” ought to be a song, exploring the theme of that quote. I’ve been tinkering with ideas and the above is a demo version of what I’ve come up with. Let [Read More…]

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Opened by Wonder

It must be added that the dichotomy does not have to exist. There is no one who only wonders, and never believes. The danger is when beliefs are treated as sacrosanct, so that nothing and no one can cause us to open ourselves to new information and new possibilities.   [Read more…]

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Is This Blog Church?

Tim Bulkeley blogged about the subject of the church and social capital. He suggests that, if he preaches on his blog to an audience of hundreds worldwide, in addition to those present in a congregation he is physically present with on Sunday, then there has been a gain, not a loss. That got me thinking. [Read More…]

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World Vision Day

I suspect that this is a day that many young Evangelicals (some of whom will be looking for a different name for themselves) will remember in years to come. If you haven’t been following the news, the major Christian charity World Vision decided to embrace married same-sex couples as employees – and now, shortly after [Read More…]

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Nuance Needed

Jason Rosenhouse posted on the series Cosmos and some reactions to it. In it, he complains about what he calls “the script,” an emphasis that the conflict model of the view of the relationship between religion and science is not the only or even the predominant one, historically speaking. He writes: “Prior to reading any [Read More…]

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PTCS

  David Hayward shared the above cartoon, about coping with post-traumatic church syndrome. It is a real condition. And for victims of abuse, a punching bag – whether literal or metaphorical – can play a crucial role in the healing process. But we also need to be careful. This is one of the reasons abuse [Read More…]

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You Are Welcome Here

Via Claudia Christian on Facebook.   [Read more…]

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An Unexamined Faith is a Flat Faith

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Religion as Carnival Game

This cartoon by David Hayward reminded me of the carnival games which, if you didn’t know it already, tend to be rigged, or at the very least are much more difficult to win than you are led to believe. Religions and their adherents often take advantage of the fact that knowledge about God is elusive, [Read More…]

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