A Progressive Christian view of Sin & Sinners

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  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

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We hate people who are fabulous. We always have. Cain killed Able 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...]

Have a Just Valentine’s Day

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It’s the time of the year when lover-dovers show their love and affection for their snookums by buying sweets and gifts of beauty. Chocolate and flowers are the top sellers (if anyone is crushing on me, I prefer dark chocolate and Gerbera daisies – just sayin’).As a Christian blogger, you might expect me to take this time to remind us that it’s actually called St. Valentine’s Day, and that it’s an official feast day in the Roman Catholic Church, and then go on to remind us about the brave pri … [Read more...]

Seeing Martin Luther King Again for the First Time

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"Is another King book necessary?” This is the question that Edward Gilbreath asks in the Acknowledgments at the end of his book Birmingham Revolution. Let me weigh-in with a decisive “Yes.”This book’s contribution to the literature about Martin Luther King, Jr. meets a need in American Christianity and in America herself. This book reminds evangelicals (esp. white ones) that MLK was a true brother in Christ and it reminds secularists as well as liberal and progressive mainline Protestants of … [Read more...]

7 Ways to find a Progressive Christian Church

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Spirituality is a good thing.Religion is too.Religion comes to us from the Latin religare which means "to bind together." Biologists, anthropologists, and sociologists contend that humans are social creatures and we're at our best when we associate and interact with others. Granted, some of us are more introverted and need more space away from others -- but even my introverted friends would all say they enjoy others and thrive because of them.There is strength in numbers. Rosa Parks … [Read more...]

16 Ways Progressive Christians Interpret the Bible

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I've long stated that Atheists and fundamentalists each tend to read the Bible in the same wooden, overly literalistic manner. The difference is that atheists reject what they read in that manner, while fundamentalists believe it. There's a lot of truth to that - enough that it tends to piss off members of both of those groups off when they come across what I said.However, I've also said that All Christians pick and choose which portions of the they interpret Bible literally, progressive … [Read more...]


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