Christian Pastor Says Legalize Drugs?

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…. Read more

Is progressive Christianity a “Christmas monster”?

“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,… Read more

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

  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… Read more

Jesus’ Mom was a Punk.

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… Read more

A call to action about Iran

A proposal that may help secure world peace. Our nation is currently in negotiations with Iran regarding their pursuit of nuclear energy. We, and Israel, are concerned about Iran eventually seeking to create nuclear weapons as an extension of those efforts. The clock is ticking and we really only have 6 months left to get this resolved — as after that, we may never know what Iran has truly been up to. Therefore, I propose the following win-win resolution to… Read more

advent essence

  it isn’t about waiting for baby Jesus to be born again swaddled in a sty and it isn’t about waiting for Christ to return again from a cloud in the sky it’s about us deepening into God’s kingdom – liberated life for you and i   roger wolsey   Rev. Roger Wolsey is an ordained United Methodist pastor who directs the Wesley Foundation at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and is author of Kissing Fish: christianity for people… Read more

The Jew Named Jesus – a review

(image: http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2009/01/08/j460.jpg) Have you seen Jesus through Jewish eyes? I must say that I haven’t – at least not as fully as I have after reading a new book called The Jew Named Jesus. I know a lot about Christianity. A budding voice in progressive Christianity, some consider me an expert. But my knowledge of my faith is colored by my color. I’m a white male Protestant Christian and though I consider myself relatively well read and familiar with most… Read more

12 Ways to Take Back Christmas, Save Money, & Stay Sane

I’ve made my peace with seeing Christmas decorations in stores well before Thanksgiving. I’m down with the pagan influences on the holiday. I’m cool with hanging greens, decorating with holly and ivy, lighting yule logs, and setting up Christmas trees. I’m hip to honoring the winter solstice. I mean it’s not like Christians aren’t affected by the mood affecting darkening of days, and the primal, collective joy that comes with the return of increased daylight after Dec. 21st. I look… Read more

10 Ways to Gauge your Christian Development

I. Write down the following 9 words as a list:  love, joy, peace, patience/forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23) Put a number from 1-10 next to each that most closely indicates your current level of that trait and quality. Don’t over-think it. Go with your gut. Guts are honest. Add up the numbers, divide that sum by 9. This is your averaged “Christian Fruits of the Spirit Quotient.” II. Write down the following as a list: Fed… Read more

A Check to Progressive Christian Rage

During the past week, I’ve seen more hateful, vulgar, and frankly, unchristian remarks posted by progressive Christians as comments to posts and articles on social media. Now it could be that not all of those folks who posted are in fact Christians — but are instead perhaps among the growing number of Spiritual But Not Religious-identified folk who often visit progressive Christian websites and social media pages. However, to the extent that some of those hateful comments were posted by… Read more

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