Barely Even Stereotyped

Brian LePort has posted two wonderful blog entries about stereotypes regarding denominations, as indicated by Google search autocomplete data. I thought I would check what happens when I type in the labels that I wear – American Baptist and progressive Christian. Neither has anything for the entire phrases (such as “Why are American Baptists” or [Read More…]

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Religious Doubt

Val Webb has shared a lecture she has been delivering, with the title “In Defense of Doubt.” It includes the following: Denigrating religious doubt is a matter of power and control — and a large dose of threat for religious authorities if people think for themselves.  Yet honest creative doubt has long been central in [Read More…]

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The Progressive Christian Agenda Revealed

From Mark Sandlin at The God Article   [Read more…]

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Faith that Moves Mountains

David Hayward's latest cartoon has a real life story behind it. Dashrath Manjhi lived in a remote part of Bihar, India. Because of a mountain range with no road through it, when his wife needed urgent medical help, she died, because help could not reach her in time. And so he spent more than the [Read More…]

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Post-Credal Christianity

The Progressive Christianity website has a large number of articles today about creeds. Here are some of them: Gordon Lynch, “Dreaming of a Post-Credal Christianity” Fred Plumer, “Creeds and Deeds” Jim Burklo, “Credo: God Is” Polly Moore, “New Creeds” And in related news, here’s my “Creed” again, which may get performed at my church sometime [Read More…]

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Lead Sheets

I had a request for a lead sheet to the song “Creed” which I recorded and shared recently, and so I thought I would share it here, as well as a lead sheet for the song “Reality (In You I Live)” which I shared here earlier and which we debuted in my church on Easter [Read More…]

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Creed

Below is a song I wrote a while back, but haven’t shared publicly until now. I wrote it after a discussion in my Sunday school class about creeds, in which I asked whether a list of beliefs ought to be what characterizes us, or something else. Here are the lyrics, which are also in the [Read More…]

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Think Outside the Book

Via Sundries on Facebook   [Read more…]

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Quote of the Day (W. H. Vanstone)

“The church is like a swimming pool. Most of the noise comes from the shallow end.” –Often attributed to John Shelby Spong, but originally from William H. Vanstone. Via the Patheos Progressive Christian Portal on Facebook.   [Read more…]

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House of Mirrors

I hope you’ll forgive my sharing this again. I made a slight adjustment to the recording at one point, and also noticed that when I shared the song previously, the formatting on the lyrics was messed up. So here it is again – a demo version of my song “House of Mirrors”! Lyrics: House of [Read More…]

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House of Mirrors

Here's a demo version the latest song I've been working on. It should be considered a rough draft, but I'd appreciate feedback on the lyrics, the theology, and the music. The “guitar solo” should be treated as a placeholder – in fact, it should be described as a “'guitar' solo” since no actual guitars feature [Read More…]

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