Thanksgiving Defiance.

Thanksgiving.Seems like a goodthing right? Seems kinda holy. Seems kinda churchy.Except, it’s not a Christian holiday. It’s not part of the liturgical calendar, and they don’t really train us preachers in how to deal with it. Like Memorial Day or the Fourth of July, it’s just one of those secular, civil holidays that many American church-goers “assume” is blessed and sanctioned by the Church.Now it’s not like Thanksgiving is foreign to Christianity. We tend to think it’s good to give … [Read more...]

Enough With the Progressive Christian Outrage Machine!

"Hope has two beautiful daughters - their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are."  St. AugustineBeing at dis-ease with injustice is why progressive Christianity seeks to be engaged in the world in order to transform it. "Accepting what is" may be a generic spiritual value, but moral quietude is not a Christian value.That said, progressive Christians would do well to be a LOT more discerning about what we … [Read more...]

“I’m no longer a Protestant. Sort of.”

The following is a blog written by a first time guest contributor to The Holy Kiss. Part of my advocating for progressive Christianity is seeking to amplify the voice of young progressive Christians. Simone Ramacci is a young Italian Christian who is currently studying at a university in England. I hope you find his ponderings as insightful as I do. - Roger =======Today I did something I never expected I would: I went into a church and asked for a priest to take my confession. I spoke to … [Read more...]

Why they killed Jesus.

The Romans didn't kill Jesus because he performed miracles or healed people on any day of the week. He wasn't killed because he taught (or criticized) spiritual truths or religious practices. They executed him because of his subversive politics and his perceived threat to the stability of the Palestinian region of the Roman empire.They killed him for his work in organizing a labor movement of disgruntled Galilean fishermen who were sick and tired of being oppressed by unjust Roman taxation. … [Read more...]

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

 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.

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...]