Hundreds of Answers and Eighty-One Questions

Kevin DeYoung posted 40 questions on the Gospel Coalition website, aimed at Christians who support marriage equality. They are all the sort of thing you would expect from a conservative Christian website like The Gospel Coalition – and thus are things which most Christians who’ve thought about this issue will have already considered. A lot of people [Read More...]

Progressive Christians of Indiana

I had someone ask me if there was an organization of progressive and liberal Christians in Indiana. There didn’t seem to be. And so I have set up a Facebook page, “Progressive Christians of Indiana.” If you are in that category, please do like the page on Facebook! Hopefully it will prove to be a [Read More...]

What If You’re Wrong?

Multiple posts came to my attention recently, all of which seek to respond to the conservative assumption that it is liberals who need to worry about being wrong in accepting gays and lesbians, as well as more generally. Cindy Brandt writes, To be honest, I am not certain this is the correct stance to take. Long ago, I repented of [Read More...]

Worshiping Instead of Following

The quote from Richard Rohr is adapted from his book The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See. [Read more...]

Fundamentalism’s Fundamental Fallacy

I often tell my conservative friends that their belief in an inerrant Bible is just as subjective as my subjective belief in an errant Bible. But they just can’t see it. They continue to shout the same refrain that their position rests on objective truth and mine subjective. These conservatives genuinely believe that they are the only truly rational [Read More...]

The Phoenix Affirmations: A Progressive Christian Statement

Chuck Queen recently shared the text of the Phoenix Affirmations in Baptist News. I am sharing them in turn below, and hope you will discuss them in the comments section. CHRISTIAN LOVE OF GOD INCLUDES: Walking fully in the Path of Jesus without denying the legitimacy of other paths that God may provide for humanity. Listening [Read More...]

The Biggest Heresy of All

The quote comes from Jeremy Myers’ post “The Biggest Heresy of All Time.” Here’s a larger quote from the context of the quote above, to whet your appetite: If I hate a person because I’m mean, well, then that’s just mean. But if I hate a person because “Jesus told me to hate him,” this is [Read More...]

Spiritual Agoraphobia

The quote comes from my blog post “Spiritual Agoraphobia” from a few years ago. [Read more...]

The Walk Is The Thing

A few years ago, I asked whether Christianity should be about believing the unbelievable or doing the undoable.  Recently Christian Piatt made much the same point. He writes, Making a statement of faith and getting baptized is no more about the daily choice to follow Jesus than being married is about saying “I do.” Yes, [Read More...]

Certainty is the Enemy of Faith

The quote comes from Dianna Anderson’s book Damaged Goods: New Perspectives on Christian Purity, which I just reviewed here on the blog. [Read more...]

Paul was not a Conservative Christian

The quote comes from my 2011 post “Liberal Christianity – An Affirmation.” [Read more...]