A Saloon with High Standards

The cartoon above was shared on the Internet Monk blog. It got me thinking. A church having an informal, conversational atmosphere, beverages, and even opportunities for karaoke seem to me to potentially be good things. Why can’t we combine that with high standards, not in the sense that we become rigid and dogmatic, but that [Read More...]

Hymn to Matter

I recently spotted that Kenneth Leighton set Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s “Hymn to Matter” to music, in a composition for baritone, chorus, and orchestra or piano. I’ve been looking to see if there is a recording of the piece, but have yet to find one. I’m surprised that there aren’t more settings of Teilhard de [Read More...]

Figuring Out God

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An Inconvenient Jesus

Frank Schaeffer has offered a blog post which seeks to highlight how unlike modern “Bible-believing Evangelicals” Jesus was. Here are some excerpts: Jesus certainly was not a “Bible believer,” as we use that term in the post Billy Graham era of American fundamentalist religiosity that’s used as a trade-marked product to sell religion. Jesus didn’t take the [Read More...]

All Believers Are Atheists, All Atheists Are Believers

The quote from Mark Russell comes from an article which asks whether the “new atheists” are making old mistakes. The above is just one of several memorable quotes in the article. Another is when Russell writes, “I began to wonder if the New Atheists were combatting fundamentalism by duplicating its mistakes.” Or related interest, approaching [Read More...]

This-Worldly Christianity

“Isn’t it odd? Christians created a theological scenario that placed the soul of every person at risk of eternal damnation. To counter that threat, we interpreted the life and death of Jesus in a particular way, then spent billions of dollars battling the threat we created. Wouldn’t it just be easier to stop perpetuating the [Read More...]

Church Cocoon

The above cartoon by David Hayward is very clever and beautiful. And it certainly is the case that there are churches from which people must absolutely emerge, perhaps through a process of struggle, in order to enter maturity. I am concerned, however, that the cartoon may be understood to depict church itself as something that [Read More...]

Borg on the Bible

The quote is from Marcus Borg’s recent post about progressive Christians and the Bible. Hopefully the title did not lead you to expect something more like this: [Read more...]

A Mature Kind of Faith

The quote is taken from an interview Candida Moss did with The Blaze. [Read more...]

Following Jesus Without Excess Baggage

Roger Wolsey shared this on the Kissing Fish Facebook page: It is apparently from the website Christian Evolution. I share it for you to discuss. Do you agree, disagree, or a bit of both? Do the statements seem to you to be obvious or controversial? [Read more...]

Look Up From The Bible

The above quote from Eric Reitan comes from a post he wrote offering five Christian reasons to doubt Biblical inerrancy. That post in turn was responding to the Patheos multi-blog conversation on progressive Christianity and the Bible. Click through to explore both in more detail. The post by Derek Flood on an inspired but not [Read More...]


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