An Insurrection of a Resurrection: a progressive Christian Easter Message

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It’s been said that this world is a tough place to live.And parts of it certainly are. Places like Antarctica with it’s frigid cold; the top of mountains with their thin air; deserts with their lack of water and vegetation; the oceans with their tidal waves, hurricanes, etc. – places like these are pretty inhospitable to human life.But it’s not just these sorts of extreme places that are hard to live in. The regular parts of the world are tough too. We learn this as children. We start lea … [Read more...]

A Kinder, Gentler, more Grown-up Easter.

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In yo face Devil! Take that forces of evil! Look whose laughing now! Ding Dong the witch is dead! We fart in your general direction! Sike!… Such has become the way that many of the world’s Christians have come to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection on Easter. We’ve allowed the ways of the world to infuse our beliefs and we end up fighting fire with fire. Employing the world’s ways against it.Once our religion became the official religion of the Roman empire, followers of the non-violent Jesus … [Read more...]

Handling the Haters: Tips for those who write blogs & those who read them.

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You've just read a terrific blog or news-story from one of your favorite writers - perhaps it's even one that you wrote. You're basking in the glow of someone's creativity. You've been blessed by their wit and humor. And you've allowed your mind to walk a mile in another person's moccasins to see the world as they see it. You're relishing in an insightful, fresh perspective. And you're sporting a knowing grin of satisfaction and delight having experienced a slice of the heights of our collective … [Read more...]

Forgiveness that’s hard to Fathom.

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Holy, holy, holy. Beauty and blessing beyond my ability to comprehend. As a progressive Christian, embracing doubt is an essential part of my faith. It's integral to avoiding religion at its worst, at its most over-stated, and at its most dysfunctional. But there are bits of reality that come crashing into my healthy skepticism that leave me thinking ... "I guess there really is a God."This week marks the 20th anniversary of the beginning of 100 days of bloody mayhem and genocide in … [Read more...]

A “Sacred Fire” that Presents a Sacred Challenge — and Blessing.

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I was really excited about the opportunity to read and review Ronald Rolheiser’s new book Sacred Fire: A Vision of a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity.I was… that is, until I started to read it. At a certain point I wasn't so sure if I truly wanted to keep going. You see while the title appealed to me, and while I fancied myself as someone who is a “deep human” and who is a relatively “mature Christian” – reading Rolheiser’s frank words made it clear to me that I have quite a ways to go. I … [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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