Making Friends with Silence

Most of my attempts to connect and relate to God – involve silence.And most frequently, not much more than that.I sometimes wonder if there’s really much difference between seeking to connect to God – and not seeking to. Similar experience and results.That said, while similar, they’re not exactly the same. They're very close, almost too close. So close that atheists (and agnostics, and struggling believers like myself) don’t tend to see meaningful difference. But, at times, I do feel … [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...]

Trick or Treat?

"Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me."  - Jesus, via John of Patmos, Revelation 3:20According to John's famous vision, Laodicea was the only one of the 7 Churches that he didn't commend for anything and Jesus's challenge to the Church at Laodicea was for them to wake up from their arrogant spiritual complacency.I don't know about you, but I tend to think that many of us who call … [Read more...]

A Progressive Christian view of Sin & Sinners

  With the advent of human beings from the long processes of evolution and natural selection, a species was created that: is aware that it exists; has high critical thinking and tool-making skills; is capable of humor and self-reflection; can work as co-creators with God; can choose to worship God and be awed by, respect, and care for God’s creation; and who can choose paths of great self-harm and destruction.  We are potentially moral beings. We can decide to act in accordance w … [Read more...]

Our Sin of Hating Fabulous & The Death Throes of Homophobia

We hate people who are fabulous. We always have. Cain killed Abel because Cain had sin in his heart - and because he was jealous of his brother offering a fabulous offering to God.Joseph's brothers hated him, threw him in a pit, and sold him into slavery because they had sin in their hearts  -- and because they were jealous of their brother's fabulous dreams and his fabulous, colorful (rainbow?) coat.Emmet Till was beaten to death because his white brothers had sin in their hearts - a … [Read more...]