Litany

The above litany was used in a service recently at Crooked Creek Baptist Church, in which Rev. Joy Amick delivered a sermon which was essentially a first person narrative told from the perspective of the daughter of the Syro-Phoenician woman mentioned in the Gospels. The service mentioned Jesus having his horizons broadened by his encounter with [Read More…]

The Great Religious Divide

Here is something I wrote for Facebook when I shared a meme I made with a quote from Richard Rohr: One of the biggest religious divides cuts across religious traditions rather than between them. It is the difference between those who treat religion as a magnifying glass to help expose and oppose the sins of [Read More…]

Trust God, Not the Bible

Here is a larger excerpt from the blog post from which the quote comes: Here’s a common issue that comes up in classes, when I am out speaking, or when I get emails and comments on blog posts I write: Pete, you’re talking about all these historical problems, tensions, contradictions in the Bible–basically the messiness of the Bible. [Read More…]

Learning Ignorance

The quote comes from a recent post about ignorance, education, and faith on Cindy Brandt’s blog.     [Read more…]

The Message is to You

In the spiritual life, there aren’t too many absolutes I can make, but this is certainly one. On the spiritual journey, the message is always to you. The message is always telling you to change. Now, what most people do is they use religion to try to change other people. It’s always someone else that needs changing. No. Stop it. [Read More…]

A Critical and Relevant Faith

C. Drew Smith has written a post, highlighting his new book, Reframing a Relevant Faith. In the post, he writes: Critically thinking about the faith is not equivalent to criticizing the faith, as some may think, although that may be part of critical thinking.  Rather, thinking critically about the faith is to continue to ask questions, [Read More…]

An Act of Love

Rev. Frank Schaefer has drawn to my attention that a movie is being made about his experience. Some of you may recall when Schaeffer faced censure by his denomination for officiating at his own son’s same-sex wedding. The movie will be called An Act of Love. If you are interested in supporting the project, there is [Read More…]

#BecauseImAChristian

Morgan Guyton is trying to get a hashtag going that responds to the one that says #ImaChristianBut. For many of us, we stand for equality, we treat others who do not share our religion or ideology with respect, and do other such things not despite being Christians but because we are Christians. My friend and colleague Brent [Read More…]

The Gospel against the Prophets?

The above words are how I summarized the gist of my recent post “Micah among the Baptists.” I thought perhaps they deserved a meme. If you agree, please share it!   [Read more…]

At Some Point God Stops Making Sense

Pete Enns’ blog has moved. Above, and below, is a sample from a new post on his blog in its new location: At the end of the day the human thought process can only get you so far when it comes to God. At some point, for most of us, as it was for some biblical writers, God [Read More…]