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...]

Maundy Thursday, Footwashing, & Porn.

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The title may've grabbed your attention.Unless you've got a foot fetish, it's probably because of the third thing mentioned in it.Let's face it, Maundy Thursday is the least known about, most intimate, and least attended, of the Christian holy days.The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and then wraps up with "holy week" - which is comprised of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the great culmination of the celebration of Jesus' resurrection known as Easter.Most people have … [Read more...]

To Hell with Hell.

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Hell isn't Christian - or Jewish. It's pagan. The modern English word Hell is derived from Old English hel, helle (about 725 AD to refer to a nether world of the dead) reaching into the Anglo-Saxon pagan period, and ultimately from Proto-Germanic *halja, meaning "one who covers up or hides something".[2] The word has cognates in related Germanic languages such as Old Frisian helle, hille, Old Saxon hellja, Middle Dutch helle (modern Dutch hel), Old High German helle (Modern German Hölle), … [Read more...]

Muslims for Lent? – True story.

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Holy inter-faith solidarity Batman!Mullah Liam ad-Deen is responding to the massive number of Christians around the world who are being persecuted by renegade Islamist radicals by calling Muslims to show solidarity with Christians by fasting during the 40 days of the Christian season of Lent. It's also an invitation for Muslims to show gratitude for how many Christians have been extending olive branches to them - and defending them.The organization Muslims for Progressive Values  has … [Read more...]

When Atheists Kill – (or when our assumptions go wild).

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  This may be an inconvenient truth in certain quarters, but Christians and Muslims don't have a monopoly on waging war or killing people for ideological reasons. Indeed, the two worst genocides in human history were waged by atheists - Stalin and Mao.A horrible triple murder that took place last night in North Carolina may prove to be the latest instance of a militant atheist killing - at least in part- due to his prominently declared ideology."A call to the Chapel Hill Police … [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...]


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