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...]

The Jew Named Jesus – a review

Jesus the Jew from theguardian.com

(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 … [Read more...]

Now THIS is outlaw! Progressives with backbone.

There's a growing movement among disaffected emergent evangelicals and disheartened progressive Christians -- "Outlaw Preachers." They're an unofficial group, they're a Facebook page, some of them know about others who are kindred spirits, some think they're all alone. What they share in common is how they are treated by the religious powers that be; i.e. they're treated like the rejected freaks on the famed "Island of Misfit Toys" in the Rudolph movie.That's okay, they're in good company. Ma … [Read more...]


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