Let’s change the Lord’s Prayer. (again)

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 Let's face it, the world has changed. That is, our understanding of it has changed - and how we perceive things - is reality for humans. For the first few centuries of Christianity, people believed in a cosmology that had a 3-tiered universe; i.e., one where Heaven was (literally) above us. Earth is where we dwell now. And below us, for unfortunate souls, a (literal) Hell.That view no longer makes sense to most people in the 21st century. We know that pretty much every point in the universe … [Read more...]

Jesus is/isn’t the only way. – “They can’t all be true” – except when they are.

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As a progressive Christian pastor and author I frequently receive critical pushback from conservative and fundamentalist Christians who adamantly declare that the only way to experience salvation is by giving intellectual assent to certain specific truth claims about the life of Jesus. Scratch that, they don't generally care about his life, their focus is primarily upon Jesus' death and his resurrection. Their message boils down to "Unless you believe that Jesus died for your sins and that he … [Read more...]

Christianity in Crisis: from fear to faith

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Christianity! A 2,000 year old tree that’s mature, big, & mighty. With over 3 billion members & 40,000 denominations, it’s connected throngs of people to God & Jesus. Our tree is rooted to the earth & reaches us to the heavens. What a great & glorious gift to the world!Video of this "7-21" talk at the Christianity 21 Conference held in Phoenix, AZ this week.Yet rumor has it, we’re dying. Apparently, Christianity’s hey day is over in the West. In 1966, there were 600 … [Read more...]

Cookies of Love: a Progressive Pastor’s Encounter with Fred Phelps

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Brother Fred - is dead. When someone passes it is right and well to remember them. The following is a recounting of an encounter I had with the late, spreader of homophobic hate - Fred Phelps -- at his worst, and perhaps at his best. During my last semester of grad school I was involved in monitoring the proceedings at the General Conference of the United Methodist Church (effectively, the “Congress” of the denomination that meets every four years to adopt and revise policies & regulations) … [Read more...]


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