Jesus’ (Facebook) Friends

Three cartoons on this theme by Tim “Spike” Davis. One of the things that Christians think about during this season is Jesus' teaching about loving our enemies, and how he put it into practice to the last. Can I not forgive my Facebook friends' posts that seem hateful to me, and do so not just [Read More…]

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Flipping the Church

I found myself reflecting recently on the ways we count “attendance” in relation to church congregations. Why do we focus on Sunday morning worship services, and not how many come to the community breakfast, or other things. And indeed, what is the meaning of the Sunday morning service, which was designed to convey information in [Read More…]

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Welcome to the Blogosphere, Josh!

My former student Josh Boeke has started a blog, and his first post tells a bit about his own personal faith journey away from fundamentalism. I get a brief mention on it, and on the one hand, it makes me really wish that he and I had had more of a chance to continue the [Read More…]

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The Extent of Literalism

When I first posted the cartoon above by Tim “Spike” Davis, it was accompanied by a screenshot of someone arguing that, since the Bible refers to people reasoning with their hearts in the Bible, the heart must contain a tiny brain. I was subsequently informed that the individual who expressed this view had experienced a severe [Read More…]

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Proof Young-Earth Creationists Don’t Care What the Bible Says

The Institute for Creation Research recently shared the above image on Facebook, claiming that Jesus quotes from Genesis more often than any other book in the Old Testament. That claim is verifiably false. This is a clear example of them (1) assuming that what is central to them simply must have been important to Jesus, (2) not [Read More…]

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How the Internet Works

Ironically, this cartoon came to my attention via Reddit on Facebook. Would you agree that this is how the flow of information usually works on the internet? Are you usually among the first to become aware of a meme, joke, or piece of news? Or are you typically among the last? Or somewhere in between? [Read More…]

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Right-Wing Trolling is Deliberate and Planned

A lot of online discussion is ruined by trolling. Recently, I had someone draw my attention to a disturbing right-wing website. They sent me there for the post, which they thought was actually funny. I for some reason cast aside everything I had learned about the internet and…looked at the comments. What I saw there shocked me, [Read More…]

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Progressive Christians of Indiana

I had someone ask me if there was an organization of progressive and liberal Christians in Indiana. There didn’t seem to be. And so I have set up a Facebook page, “Progressive Christians of Indiana.” If you are in that category, please do like the page on Facebook! Hopefully it will prove to be a [Read More…]

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Why You Should Connect With Me On Twitter

I used to have a sidebar that allowed me to share things from other blogs with readers of this one in a convenient manner. Sometimes there are posts elsewhere that I want to share with people, but which it either does not make sense to write a blog post about, or sometimes there simply isn’t time [Read More…]

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Even on Social Media

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Does This Get Your Goat?

  As you can see above, a friend of mine asked on Facebook whether anyone they know has a goat. As I said in my comment, that is the first time I have encountered a goat request on Facebook. What’s the oddest request you’ve encountered on social media? And how will the fact that one can [Read More…]

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