Creation, Evolution, and Embryology

I was delighted to see David Bailey quote a recent article by Joshua Moritz, in which he points out that the Bible uses the same verb to refer to God creating or making the lightning, or a baby in the womb, as for making sea creatures, and beasts of the field, and human beings, in a [Read More…]

God is not a Jerk

That’s the conclusion Fred Clark draws in a recent post. Here’s the conclusion: God is not a jerk. God does not want you to be a jerk. So if you ever feel like God’s will, or God’s commands, or God’s rules are compelling you to act like a jerk — to betray your conscience, to be unloving, unjust, unkind, [Read More…]

Pastors and Education

I spoke recently with a reporter from the local paper The Indianapolis Recorder about pastoral qualifications. The article that resulted has now appeared, and I am quoted quite a bit in it, saying things like this: Those who say the Bible is important to them, very often don’t actually read the things that scholars within their [Read More…]

Hopeful Cardinal

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Church Death and Church Evolution

David Hayward's cartoon above is accompanied by a comment acknowledging that the church itself may never die, but churches die all the time. The reason some religious believers sometimes manage to persuade themselves otherwise is much the same reason some manage to persuade themselves that evolution does not occur. When change occurs over generations, it [Read More…]

There Are No Contradictions! (A Game for 3-6 Players)

Ian posted this wonderful game idea on his blog, inspired by (among other things) the way fundamentalists deal with the diversity and contradictions within the Bible. If you play it, let me know – indeed, feel free to use the comments section here to play or at least start a game! There Are No Contradictions! [Read More…]

Competing to become Pope

Several bits of humor have come my way all at once, and so I thought I should share them in a round-up. First, via The Lead I learned of this parody: March Madness Vatican Edition: Sweet Sistine! Michael Barber shared this Lutheran Satire video, the gameshow Choose Your Pope: Finally, on Facebook Brent Hege shared [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…]

Rewriting a Church Mission Statement

The cartoon above (and the one below) are from the delightful series St. Swithin's. I recently participated in a session aimed at identifying core values of our church, and so I can appreciate how close to home the cartoon hits. Our pastor used a denominational resource that was very helpful, asking us to come up [Read More…]


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