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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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Spiritual Agoraphobia

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

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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…]

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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…]

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Paul was not a Conservative Christian

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

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The Church Needs a Revolution

Some years ago I blogged about Robin Meyers’ book, Saving Jesus from the Church: How to Stop Worshiping Christ and Start Following Jesus. Recently Progressive Christianity shared an excerpt from his new book, Spiritual Defiance: Building a Beloved Community of Resistance. Below is a sample, from the larger section from which the quote above comes. Click through [Read More…]

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What Is Progressive Christianity?

The quote is from yesterday’s post, “Progressive Christianity in the Spotlight.” The background image is Miami Chapel. Of related interest, David Schnell offered a response to the claim of critics of progressive Christianity to represent “Biblical Christianity.” He writes: The myth is that so-called Biblical Christianity is tenable, that it exists, and that it is not merely [Read More…]

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Progressive Christianity in the Spotlight

The Fountains United Methodist Church recently had the experience of a number of conservative churches in its area banding together to preach against progressive Christianity. They promoted the sermon series with signs and news articles promising a series of sermons on conservative fundamentals: The Fountanins UMC church responded with a banner borrowed from another congregation: [Read More…]

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