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...]

Dr. Paul Gitwaza to Speak in Indianapolis

I just recently had this event drawn to my attention, and wanted to spread the word. Dr. Gitwaza will also be participating in the licensing service for Emmanuel Musinga at my own church, Crooked Creek Baptist Church, on Saturday, June 13th, beginning at 4pm. Here is the announcement from the church Facebook page: Crooked Creek [Read More...]

Secure Your Lunch (Not Just Your Bike)

This public service announcement bears no relation to any of the most typical topics covered on this blog (although my post about a highly effective and inexpensive squirrel baffle remains one of the most popular of all time). But my wife took the photo above in front of Central Library in downtown Indianapolis, and I [Read More...]

Perspective on Persecution

The quote from conservative commentator Tim Swarens comes from his opinion piece in the Indianapolis Star, “A little perspective, please, on Christian ‘persecution’ and RFRA.” The photo used in the meme image also comes from the Star and was taken by Michelle Pemberton. [Read more...]

#IndyWelcomesAll

I was at Indianapolis Airport today, and noticed this banner:   If you have ever been to Indianapolis, you will know the statement is true. Indianapolis is a very diverse city, and one which embraces and relishes that diversity. It is characteristic of many states, and not only Indiana, that its urban areas are “blue”'and [Read More...]

A Brief Manifesto Against Trains

Hemant Mehta shared the above image, supposedly of a letter to the editor printed in an Indiana newspaper in 1830. I’ve learned to be skeptical of such alleged examples of people complaining about advancing technology and breakneck speeds which, from our perspective, seem slow and simple. Whether it is authentic or not, the fact that [Read More...]

Q and A with Robert Orlando

I am delighted that Robert Orlando will be coming to Butler University on November 13th at 7pm in Gallahue Hall Room 108. We’ll be showing his movie, A Polite Bribe, and he’ll also speak about his book Apostle Paul: A Polite Bribe which is available for pre-order from Wipf and Stock as well as on Amazon.com. After the [Read More...]

Michael Dowd in Indianapolis

A colleague sent me the following information about an upcoming event, a talk by Michael Dowd at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis: FREE Program: “The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness: Coming Home to Reality“, (alt title: “Evidential Inspiration and Realistic Hope”) with Rev. Michael Dowd: Monday, Sept 8, 7:00pm – 8:45pm, Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis, 615 W. 43rd St., Indianapolis, IN 46208 [Read More...]

Grace(land) Unlimited

I love the fact that Josh Turner, a Butler University student who offers his musical abilities to the campus ministry Grace Unlimited, has now had his cover of Paul Simon’s “Graceland” go viral, landing him on Good Morning America. Here’s the video: Since the song is not just literal but metaphorical, and my church settled [Read More...]

Indianapolis Violinists vs. US Airways

Via WQXR, I learned that Zach de Pue and Nick Kendall of Time for Three were forced to leave a flight they were booked on because they correctly insisted that they had the right to take their violins with them onto the plane. Watch the video above, which has more than 80,000 views already, to [Read More...]

Conference on the Bible in American Life

Bryan Bibb drew attention to a conference that will be taking place here in Indianapolis this summer, which he will be presenting at. It is hosted by the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture at IUPUI. The conference schedule is online. The plenary address by Mark Noll, “The Bible: Then and Now,” [Read More...]


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