Christian Diversity and Love of Enemies

“Christianity has always been diverse, and has long been plagued by a tendency toward reciprocal condemnation and exclusion of others who have different opinions than our own, as we have proved time and again to be unable to apply the demand of Jesus that we love our enemies to those who are ‘enemies’ only of [Read More…]

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Protestantism Produces Pluralism

Richard Beck wrote the following in a blog post on why being “biblical” means being doctrinally tolerant: People who claim to literally interpret the inspired and inerrant Word of God do not agree on what the bible says… The problem at the heart of Protestantism is that the bible is unable to produce consensus. This [Read More…]

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Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations

I suspect that humanity will always have to contend with prejudice in one form or another. But that doesn’t give us license to stop struggling against it. It is exactly the reason we must press on and continue to do better, to demand better, to show that it’s possible. The effort is its own reward. [Read More…]

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Giving Thanks for Other Religions

I recently came across a blog post which mentioned (unfavorably) the existence of prayers giving thanks for religions other than Christianity in the Book of Common Worship used by the Presbyterian Church USA. Here’s an example (pp.409-410): For World Religions We thank you, God of the universe, that you call all people to worship you [Read More…]

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The Third Law of Mainline Protestantism

The above is based on the earlier meme image I created for the “Third Law of Theology” which states that “For every theologian there is an equal and opposite theologian.” I made it in response to some comments made by a mainline Protestant on Facebook about mainline Protestants, which reflected a different experience of this broad [Read More…]

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The Message of Scripture (When We Don’t Flatten It)

Discussing (on Facebook) Pete Enns’ recent post on Canaanite genocide and the diversity of views in the Bible, I wrote the following, and thought I’d share it here too: Perhaps the key is that reading the Bible, without flattening it to claim that it has a single viewpoint and teaching, will lead us naturally to [Read More…]

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Your Kingdom Come

This is a recording of a song I wrote recently. Here are the lyrics: Your Kingdom Come Kingdom of misfits Fellowship of fools The company you’re keeping Breaks all the rules We say we accept you And just hate your friends Betrayed with a kiss is How that story ends You were teaching us we [Read More…]

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Opposing Mix-It-Up Day: Bigotry and Isolationism in Jesus’ Name

The New York Times has reported that the organization that calls itself the “American Family Association” is opposing Mix It Up Day – a day during which children are (get ready for it) encouraged to sit with someone that they would not normally, outside of their comfort zone. American Family Association, and anyone who keeps [Read More…]

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Christian Diversity Explained?

The above is another provocative cartoon by David Hayward. On the same topic, see Liberal Baptist Rev’s “Goofed-Up Bible” version of John 1:1:  “In the beginning was the Bible.  And because the Bible was clear, humankind was saved from endless debates about what God expected. “ [Read more…]

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Cleaning Up Another Apocalyptic Mess: Israel and the Palestinians

As one Rapture-related mess is being cleaned up, we should not forget another that great minds and national leaders are still struggling with: the tensions in the Middle East and in particular the plight of the Palestinians. Most readers have probably heard or read President Obama’s speech, as well as Israeli and Palestinian responses to [Read More…]

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