16 Ways Progressive Christians Interpret the Bible

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I've long stated that Atheists and fundamentalists each tend to read the Bible in the same wooden, overly literalistic manner. The difference is that atheists reject what they read in that manner, while fundamentalists believe it. There's a lot of truth to that - enough that it tends to piss off members of both of those groups off when they come across what I said.However, I've also said that All Christians pick and choose which portions of the they interpret Bible literally, progressive … [Read more...]

Progressive Christianity isn’t Progressive Politics.

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 You're a progressive Christian? So you're a liberal Democrat right?Not so fast.Sometimes words that seem similar have little to do with each other. The chances for confusion increase especially in the case of heteronyms (words that sound the same and spelled the same, but have multiple meanings). The bear had to bear the burden of having to hail a cab to escape the hail in order to bail out her friend who was charged with bailing a swamped canoe in the swamp that wasn't … [Read more...]

Christian Pastor Says Legalize Drugs?

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I originally wrote this piece in 2010. Since then, my fellow Colorado voters have voted to legalize medical marijuana and have even more recently authorized recreational marijuana. Perhaps my words made a difference. I'm posting it today to help inspire more of my fellow Christians -- in particular, fellow pastors, to come on board with this sensible way of viewing these matters.----- EVERY police officer in a town in Mexico recently quit their jobs for fear of their lives. One out of every … [Read more...]

Is progressive Christianity a “Christmas monster”?

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"In 6-4 B.C., Yeshua of Nazareth was born into a humble peasant family in a tiny town in the backwater hinterlands of Palestine territory on the eastern edge of the Roman Empire. It doesn't really matter if Jesus was born to an actual virgin or not - or even if he was born in Bethlehem for that matter. The point is moot. Either way, he grew up to be our savior. In fact, if Jesus wasn't born to a virgin, being born as a bastard to an unmarried teenaged peasant from the sticks on the fringe of the … [Read more...]

“Rock of Ages” – turning a blog into a “poetry-sermon.”

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 I'm a blogger. I'm also a pastor. Some of my better sermons have sprung forth from blogs that I've written.I recently posted a blog seeking to convey the radicalness of Mary's "magnificat" as described in Luke's Gospel - "Jesus' Mom was a Punk". It was a very popular blog that many people shared around the internet. When something I post receives that much attention, I can tell that I've touched on something that speaks to people.It occurred to me that perhaps the congregation … [Read more...]

Jesus’ Mom was a Punk.

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A punk rock band should do a song based on Mary’s “Magnificat”(the song she sung according to Luke 1:46-55).In the New Testament Mary’s real name is Miriam which literally means “their rebellion.” She and her people had a lot to rebel against. The Roman Empire oppressed it's subject nations and was particularly hard on a nation on its far eastern Palestinian fringes. Israel/Judaea was a strongly monotheistic people and they resisted revering Caesar as God or Son of God and the stiff boots … [Read more...]


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