Animate: Practice

I’m delighted to be part of the Patheos Book Club about something that isn’t a book – the Animate: Practices DVD from SparkHouse. The DVD is part of the Animate series, and this particular DVD focuses on a range of aspects of Christian life, including relatively obvious and specifically Christian ones like worship and sacraments, but [Read More...]

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Christianity vs. Humanism?

Hemant Mehta shared this. It certainly bears some resemblance to the differences between many conservative Christians and at least some humanists. But for many liberal and progressive Christians, the left hand side is simply false. We don’t subscribe to much in the way of dogma, and have been at the forefront in pointing out that even when [Read More...]

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A Bible Misused

A Bible used as a weapon against other human beings, is always a Bible misused. A recent post by Kristen Rosser ended with a phrase that was so quotable, that I made it into two meme images. Please feel free to circulate either or both! [Read more...]

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Rest or Rules?

The above cartoon by David Hayward seems to me to make much the same point as Dostoyevsky’s famous parable of the Grand Inquisitor in The Brothers Karamazov. Some people find freedom to be a burden, and prefer what rules offer: in particular, the sense that we are passing the responsibility for our views and our decisions to [Read More...]

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Is Your Religion an Idol?

The quote from Henry Sloane Coffin’s book Joy in believingwhich appears in the image, as well as the background image from Olivia Bell, came to me via the post “Faith Without Apologetics” on Kevin Davis’ blog. Here’s a bit of the larger context: To us likewise the prophet [Isaiah] would say that a burdensome religion is a [Read More...]

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One Church Fits All?

In response to an insightful comment on my post “Church Cocoon” I wrote the following: It may be that we are being unfair to individual churches when we expect them to be everything Christians need throughout their lives. Maternity wards are great places to be born, but may not be the best places to grow up. [Read More...]

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Wisdom from Desmond Tutu

A couple of images which together articulate the approach to nonviolent activism and reconciliation that has characterized Desmond Tutu's career. I am looking forward to seeing what the Desmond Tutu Center created at Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary will do to further those aims.   [Read more...]

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I Was Hungry

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The Opposite of Faith is Not Doubt

The quote comes from p.11 of Michael J. Langford's book The Tradition of Liberal Theology, which I just reviewed here on the blog.   [Read more...]

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Fools for Christ

Believing in inerrancy doesn’t make you a fool for Christ anymore than believing the world was flat contra Galileo made the Catholic church fools for Christ. Resisting injustice, sacrificing your life for others, showing solidarity with the oppressed, selling your goods and embracing poverty – these are the sorts of actions that make one a [Read More...]

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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...]

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