I think I’ve just pinpointed, for myself, why I so value Christian “orthodoxy,” even though I strongly disagree with much of how it came about. Read more

In Divine Echoes, Mark Karris tackles our understanding of petitionary prayer in light of the essential kenosis understanding of God. If God is already acting as lovingly as possible, then what exactly are we asking to happen when we pray? Read more

In the beginning was Love. Love was with God, and Love was God, for God is Love. Everything came into being through Love, and nothing came into being without her. All things were created through Love and for Love. Love is before all things, and in her all things are held together. Read more

Based on your responses, here are the 25 hymns most loved by progressive Christians—and we sure do love our hymns! I was surprised by a few of these. Read more

Check out the video of Keith’s talk (along with a brief appearance by yours truly), and be sure to grab Keith’s new book, Jesus Unbound, when it releases on July 4 of this year! Read more

The small conference I attended this past weekend may not represent American Christians on the whole, yet it is consistent with where much of the conservative church in America appears to be heading. Read more

I love the hymns I sang as a child, but so many of them are problematic. If you’re a progressive Christian who still appreciates hymns, then I’d like to hear from you. Read more

For any fans of science fiction and theology, I’d like to draw your attention to a new podcast I’m a part of, along with fellow-Patheos-blogger Keith Giles, plus Jennifer Neyhart and John Weldy. Read more

Come Sunday starts off with a familiar scenario. Our main character is seated on a plane next to a woman, and because he knows she’ll burn in hell for all of eternity if he doesn’t say something, he has to engage her in conversation in order to lead her to salvation. Read more

Everyone knows of the health risks associated with smoking a pipe. But no one ever warned me about the far greater risk it posed to my soul. I thus humbly offer my cautionary tale, in the hope that you may be spared my dreadful plight. Read more

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