Why I Am a Progressive Christian

Patheos is doing a series asking us to explain “Why I am a…” in 200 words or less. I just wasted some of my word limit telling you that, so I'll get on with it. Before I was a progressive Christian I was a conservative Evangelical Christian, and before I was a conservative Evangelical Christian [Read More...]

Principles vs. Passages

I’ve made this point before (see especially my article for Religion Dispatches from 2008). But since Jim West has written a blog post suggesting that liberal Christians neglect exegesis when it comes to subjects such as same-sex relationships, I thought I would respond to him here, just as I have in a comment on his [Read More...]

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...]

Reality (In You I Live)

This is the song that sparked off my recent bit of songwriting. I reworked the melody for this recording, having revised it multiple times already because I wrote it in a range that few people can sing in, least of all me. I hope to have at least one version to share in the near [Read More...]

Requiem Mass by the Other Offenbach

Another rock mass has been brought to my attention, this one by a French progressive rock band called Offenbach, not to be confused with the earlier composer of that last name. The above is one part of it. [Read more...]

Ultimate Concern

This is a recording of a song I wrote, giving musical expression to the view of faith advocated by theologian Paul Tillich. Let me know what you think! [Read more...]

Intelligence on Ice vs. Ignorance on Fire

The saying “Why is it that the choice among churches always seems to be the choice between intelligence on ice and ignorance on fire?” is attributed in Diana Butler Bass’ book Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening to an unnamed Facebook poster. I think that this [Read More...]

Liberal Christianity around the Blogosphere

Bo Sanders discussed a bit of revisionist history offered in a tweet by Rick Warren, who outlandishly claimed (among other things):  Liberal theology has never created any university. It just sucks the life our of those that were started by Bible believers. Fortunately he received a lot of responses challenging his either bizarrely ill-informed or [Read More...]

Is it OK to Doubt the Bible?

An interesting conversation between Tom Thatcher, professor at Cincinnati Christian University, and Tyler McKenzie, teaching pastor at Northeast Christian Church. Whatever you think of some of the details of the conversation, it reflects a dialectic approach that progressive Christians can embrace: On the one hand, recognizing that doubting and even disbelieving the Bible is not only [Read More...]

Djesus Uncrossed vs. Christ Crucified #progGOD

I was gearing up to write a post about the slaughter of the Canaanites, a topic that came up in my class today. And then I finally got around to watching this Saturday Night Live video, “Djesus Uncrossed,” which several blogs I read had already shared: I could not help but connect the two, since [Read More...]

More Discussion by and about Christian Liberals and Progressives

Several blogs have focused in on the subject of liberal and/or progressive Christianity since I posted on the topic a couple of days ago. Bo Sanders argues that Liberal and Progressive are terms that need to be distinguished, with the latter being more postmodern, among other things. Tony Jones asked whether he fits into Roger [Read More...]


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