Struck by Grace

“Do we know what it means to be struck by grace? It does not mean that we suddenly believe that God exists, or that Jesus is the Saviour, or that the Bible contains the truth. To believe that something is, is almost contrary to the meaning of grace. Furthermore, grace does not mean simply that we are making progress [Read More...]

Reverse the Conveyor Belt

David Hayward shared the cartoon below: I don't see the church as a place that should convert humble questioners into confident (and, if the cartoon is accurate, rather grumpy-looking) exclaimers. I used to see it that way, but now my view is essentially the opposite. If anything, the church should be a place that brings [Read More...]

Progressive Then, Brutal Now?

This came my way on Facebook. I was going to just say “discuss” but I thought I should also say something more than that. A key question for those for whom the Bible is important is how to respond to the above, if one agrees with the statement. Is the way to be true to [Read More...]

The Liberal Bible

Benjamin Corey has written two posts, one about how reading the Bible makes you more liberal, the other about how reading the Bible makes you more progressive. (See the Patheos Progressive Christian Digest for this and more!) In related news, Bob Cargill drew attention to the fact that, if you missed last night’s episode of [Read More...]

Liberal Christianity in Three Books

Rod Dreher shared a challenge aimed at combating religious illiteracy: offer a list of three books – and no more than three – that will together give an adequate introduction to a particular religion. Other bloggers have already responded. So which would I choose for my own liberal Christian tradition? There is a real sense in [Read More...]

Creed

I recently shared a recording of a song I wrote, “Creed,” from when we performed it in church. I’ve now added the lyrics in closed captioning, and so thought I should mention that. [Read more...]

Mass Murder is Never of God

Hemant Mehta shared the above church sign, asking for captions. Mine as a liberal Christian would be something like, “I love it when Christians have enough faith, courage, and moral conviction to disagree with the Bible.”   [Read more...]

Bedrock Belief

My church had a meeting after the service yesterday to discuss and identify what our “bedrock beliefs” are. The discussion was led by our pastor Tom Bartley, and four tables of church members including multiple retired pastors and Sunday school teachers, as well as a range of others. Each individual came up with their own [Read More...]

Lost Gospels

Mark Goodacre posted on the scholarly construct Q, and highlights the difference between that and a lost Gospel, one that we knew from its being mentioned in ancient texts existed, but it no longer does. He nicely relates this to the rediscovery of two Doctor Who episodes from the Patrick Troughton era. Of course, if [Read More...]

Is Being Right the Point of Christianity?

Yesterday in my Sunday school class, we continued a discussion that started last time, sparked by Hebrews 12, where it depicts God as one who disciplines – or more literally “whips” of “flogs” – his children for their benefit. There was general agreement that, while some ancient people may have viewed misfortunes that came their [Read More...]

Are Mainline Protestants Christians?

I mentioned in a recent post the ongoing multi-blog discussion around Pathos on the theme of whether Mormons are Christians. A recent guest post by Steve Webb offered a different approach by asking whether Mainline Protestants are Christians, thus encouraging a three-way comparison between conservative Christians, liberal Christians, and Mormons who might be either, or [Read More...]


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