Blaming the Bible

The above cartoon by David Hayward depicts people who long to come together, but the Bible shackles them and holds them back. I don’t think this is what happens in most cases. We recently saw a Southern Baptist pastor, Danny Cortez, change his mind about gays and lesbians (see also Matthew Vines’ book on the [Read More...]

Dangerous Faith

The quote comes from a post I wrote in 2009, “Without Fear and Trembling.” [Read more...]

Without Fear and Trembling

The quote comes from my 2009 post, “Without Fear and Trembling.” [Read more...]

Conservative Hypocrisy

I’ve found a couple of recent posts on Mike Bird’s blog frustrating. First, there was one called “The Problem With Liberal Churches” which quoted Addison Hodges Hart on Strangers and Pilgrims Once More: Being Disciples of Jesus in a Post-Christendom World (p.116): Mainline (“liberal”) Protestantism, meantime, continues to evaporate like an insubstantial morning mist. Left-wing in politics, [Read More...]

Deeper Christian Faith

Crystal St. Marie Lewis wrote a post about her experience as a liberal Christian. Here is a sample: The “Why Jesus?” and “Why Christianity?” questions are seemingly based on the assumption that Christianity has no redeeming qualities once one has ventured outside the traditional sphere– but this has not been my experience. For instance, the gospels [Read More...]

Embrace the Mystery

For more from Harry Emerson Fosdick, see his famous sermon, “Shall The Fundamentalists Win?”   [Read more...]

Happily Easter After

It is Easter, and I celebrate and proclaim resurrection. I am not referring to a peculiar event which some claim happened in history roughly 2,000 years ago, in which a human (or, according to some, a just barely human divine entity) was raised to life in a body he didn’t need, before being exalted to [Read More...]

Easter Approaches

Marcus Borg, Kimberly Winston, and Jim Naughton all raised the question of whether Christians need to believe that Jesus rose bodily from the dead. Their conclusions are different, in interesting ways. What do readers of this blog think? Of related interest, Mark Goodacre shared a video of an interview Karen King recently gave: And Bart [Read More...]

As You Would Want Done Unto Your Children

I saw this on Facebook, and it made me wonder whether this could lead to a more powerful restatement of the Golden Rule. We may forego our own needs, but we will often trample others in the interests of our own children. When we do that, we forget that those we trample are someone's children, [Read More...]

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...]

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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