What if you’re Wrong? (Changing the Default Setting)

Fred Clark posted on his blog asking “What if I’m wrong about the clobber verses?” He is referring to the point, which he considers a valid one, that he could be wrong. That anyone considers this necessary to point out is itself striking, and says a lot about humanity. There are, alas, people who don’t seem [Read More...]

Messianism in Music

The song  “One for the Vine” by Genesis (written mainly by Tony Banks, I believe) has some fascinating lyrics, which I will include below the video. The video is a rare live recording – here is a link to the original album version if you prefer that.   “One for the Vine” Fifty thousand men were sent [Read More...]

A Note on the Terminology “Progressive Christian”

I’ve found myself using the the terminology of “progressive Christian” more and more, as a way of indicating where I see myself within the broad spectrum of contemporary Christianity. But a comment seems to be in order. If people who hear the term understand that this is referring to one of the many ways that [Read More...]

The Apostles’ Creed & The Lord’s Prayer As One Progressive Christian Hears Them

Today on Facebook, my friend and colleague Rev. Charles Allen shared his own interpretation of – or perhaps I should say variations on or versions of – two traditional components of Christian liturgy, prayer, and devotion, namely the Apostle's Creed and the Lord's Prayer. Charles offered them with some comment, which I also include below. [Read More...]

A Substantive Post About God

Tony Jones offered a much-needed challenge to progressive theobloggers. We liberals and progressives often spend more time indicating what we don’t think about God (or Jesus, or Christianity, or whatever else) than what we do think, and this is probably more true when it comes to God than in any other case. There is a theological precedent for [Read More...]

Cut-and-Paste Bible

Several people shared the above spoof advertisement on Facebook. I know that some conservative Christians will view the above as a jibe at liberals, whom they accuse of picking and choosing. But in my experience, liberals like myself are at least aware of what is in the Bible, warts and all, and for that very [Read More...]

Are Church and Society Collapsing Together?

On Facebook, I had my attention drawn to an interesting article by Margaret Wente about the decline of the liberal church, focusing on the United Church of Canada. It is an interesting article, but it deserves to be read carefully, since it acknowledges that pretty much the only churches not in decline are connected with [Read More...]

If the Church Were Christian

Philip Gulley's book If The Church Were Christian makes many challenging points. Here are some of them, in Gulley's own words, turned into a poster by one Facebook group and shared with me by another. What do you think of his points?   [Read more...]

Don’t Let the Fact That Paul’s Letters are Now Christian Scripture Undermine Their Message and Authority!

Paul, in his time, made a case for relaxing Scriptural stipulations about the need for anyone within Abraham's household to be circumcised in order to be part of the covenant (Genesis 17:9-14). He did the same with regard to the people of God being called to observe the things written in the Law of Moses, [Read More...]

And Still More on (and from!) Ross Douthat and the Future of Denominations and Christianity

Late yesterday I posted a round-up of links on this topic, and already there are enough for another, just on blogs to which I subscribe! First, let me mention that Ross Douthat himself has written a follow-up piece, “What Is Liberal Christianity?” In it his primary conversation partner is Steven Holmes, a British Baptist who wrote [Read More...]

“Ross Douthat is a Fruit Fly” and Other Responses Around the Blogosphere

There have been quite a few responses and reactions to Ross Douthat's New York Times piece since I posted my own response and round-up (as there have been other responses to other reporting on the recent Episcopal General Convention here in Indianapolis). There are several excellent ones, but the most striking title award goes to [Read More...]