Progressive Ponderings on Patriotism & Christianity

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The following is a video interview I did for Patheos at the Wild Goose Festival in North Carolina.I shared more in further detail in my discussion of civil religion in my book Kissing Fish.I speak from a progressive Christian perspective. You may not agree with everything I say, but I hope you agree that it's important to ponder such matters.Peace. Progressive Christians aren't the only ones to think this way. A growing number of evangelicals are embracing this … [Read more...]

Pentecost is the Day the Church Came Out!

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Today is Pentecost Sunday – it’s the Birthday of the Christian Church! For those who may not be familiar with it, Pentecost is derived from a Jewish holiday (Shavuot) that is celebrated 50 days after Passover.  According to the Book of Acts (chapter 2) on the day of Pentecost that took place 50 days after Jesus’ crucifixion, Jesus’ followers (only about 120 at the time) were all gathered in a large upper room of a dwelling in Jerusalem.  The room was locked because they were afraid of being pers … [Read more...]

“Lost & Found” – the spoken Word.

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our creator god did indeed create the earth! mercy and how! and when she created it – she said it was good. ...i mean really good.i’m talking springtime sunshine melting snow heating earth making it warm, moist, fertile, and sticky kinda good! i’m talking god said it’s good like “your breasts are like gazelles, twin deer feeding among lilies. I will stay on the hill of myrrh, the hill of incense, until the morning breezes blow and the darkness disappears” kinda good! i’m talking “my bride … [Read more...]

Holy Yogi Jesus was a Walrus. And so are you.

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I recently stayed awake all night pondering Jesus’ farewell address, especially his prayer to God on behalf of the rest of humanity, in John chapter 17. I’ve been reading it with fresh eyes and my. mind. has. blown. …“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]


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