And Here’s The Irony: We’re All Fundamentalists In The End

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Lately I’ve been attempting to spark discussion around the internet on the use of Christian labels, and I’m rather pleased such a robust discussion is taking place on blogs and in Facebook groups on this issue. I think the use of labels is a critical issue facing the next generation of Jesus followers, and argue [Read More...]

Understanding The Span Of The Progressive Christian Label

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Last week I wrote two back-to-back posts dealing with Christian labels, and how there are things about both the Evangelical and Progressive Christian label that I have a hard time with (I guess this post makes it a series on labels), though I love and identify with much from both groups. Both articles generated good [Read More...]

5 Areas Where Progressive Christian Culture Completely Loses Me

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I’m obviously known as a “Progressive Christian.” While I am not a fan of labels, I don’t mind having this one assigned to me because it’s a big tent and there’s room for me here. However, that doesn’t mean that I’m always on board with what other progressive thinkers are saying or affirming– there are [Read More...]

Matthew Vines v. Michael Brown: The Gay Christian Debate

The other day Michael Brown agreed to debate Matthew Vines on the issue “can you be gay and still be a Christian?”. If you missed it, they’ve just put the full debate on YouTube, which you can find here below. I’ll present this without my own commentary and everyone can be free to watch, process, [Read More...]

3 Key Reasons Why Religious Right Leaders Are So Angry

What’s worse from their perspective, is the situation is more than just the fact these “kids” aren’t interested in leading the next generation of the religious right, but that they’ve actually switched sides. While conservative leaders were stuck in the old culture wars, those of us in progressive/emergent Christianity happily welcomed these kids into our fold (and gave them a few books to read). Today, these “kids” now make up a core block of the opposition to the very movement they were once destined to lead. [Read more...]

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim and The First World Problem of “Religious Persecution”

It seems that what has happened here is that persecution in America has become just another example of the way we view “problems” in a first world setting. Regardless of what actually is occurring elsewhere, we’re consumed with what we perceive is happening here, and behave on a practical level as if our “problem” is way worse. The way we’ve come to view persecution is no different than how we’ve come to view so many other issues. [Read more...]

Be Not Deceived: There’s No Such Thing As A “Christian Banker”

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The Bible calls bankers who lend money for interest an “abomination”. Why aren’t we putting them out of the church? [Read more...]

Permission to Ask The Hard Questions (Scripture for the 21st Century)

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Many individuals walking from conservative expressions of Christianity perhaps would walk away from Christianity entirely if they did not have a safe place to ask hard questions. We must continue to encourage and welcome the asking of these hard questions, and continue embracing a God who is big enough to handle it. [Read more...]

10 Things I’ve Learned After A Year Of Christian Blogging

With all the drama we’ve seen in the last year, the truth remains that I am more hopeful for the future of Christianity in America than ever before. The old guard is drifting into the sunset, and those who are preparing to help lead American Christianity into a new era are some really amazing people. The new era, as I can see it from my porch, is one where thousands and thousands of people are ready to follow a Jesus who looks like the Jesus we find in the New Testament instead of an hybrid, American version. This gives me tremendous hope that the Christianity my daughter will inherit will be a far more beautiful version of Christianity than what I was given. [Read more...]

How To Be A Christian Without Being A Total $@#& About It.

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Let’s be honest: Christianity in America has an image crisis, and justifiably so. Somehow the most beautiful story ever told got diluted into a hybrid of culture and religion that people are finding less than appealing. Not for lack of a good narrative– even some of my atheist friends have privately conceded that as far [Read More...]


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