A Christian Minister’s Rewrite of the RNC’s “Christian” Prayer

There's been a whole lot of discussion and (rightful) condemning of the opening statement and prayer from Pastor Mark Burns at the Republican National Convention.To be clear, I've played my part in the condemning.For reference, here is the opening statement and prayer:Of particular concern is that statement, "...our enemy is not other Republicans - but is Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party.""It is particularly concerning that this is being presented as a Christian … [Read more...]

If Opinions Were Colors, Progressives Would Be Purple

We Progressive Christians pride ourselves on how open-minded we are and how our open minds naturally lead us to include lots of folks who don't look like us.It's a beautiful thing really.Those gathered around the progressive table have greatly diverse heritages, socio-economic backgrounds, and even education levels. For Progressive Christians, this is what we understand God wants for humanity: people of all shapes and colors gathering together in a great human rainbow of love and … [Read more...]

Progressive Christian Minister Says #IwasKimDavis

Do you know Kim Davis (the County Clerk in Kentucky who refuses to issue same sex marriage licenses)?I do.I grew up in a small town in the South next door to folks like Kim.They taught in my schools, served lunch, ran local businesses, worked cash registers, served as police and any number of other positions with a public profile.The Kim Davises of this world played a undeniable role in my life during my formative years.It makes me all the more conflicted when I see people … [Read more...]

A Call for Christians to Act Like They Are Christians

Do not say that it is naïve to think we can love everyone, even our enemies. It is not naïve; it is Christian.Do not say that it is politically naïve to be forgiving of those who hurt you. It is not naïve; it is Christian.Do not say that it is naïve to ensure everyone’s basic needs are met, even for the least of these. It is not naïve; it is Christian.I grow weary of Christians who on Sunday worship the Prince of Peace and the rest of the week align themselves with political persp … [Read more...]

If You Call Yourself a Christian and You Share This Meme – Stop It!

In the midst of the overblown coverage and social media spats over Bruce Jenner becoming Caitlyn Jenner, a particularly cruel meme has emerged.The notable thing about this meme is that it isn't a conservative slam of Caitlyn and the LGBTQ community. It’s a “liberal” slam of conservative commentator, Ann Coulter.Not a slam of her less than balanced reporting.Not a slam of her frequently mean spirited commentary.Not a slam of her less than rational political outlook.Not even … [Read more...]

Reading the Bible Like Conservatives Read the Qur’an

There's an unfortunately popular meme going around conservative social media depicting some horrific doctrines of “radical Islam and ISIS.”In at least one case, from the Conservative Post, the meme’s accompanied by a message suggesting all American Muslims should have to deny the doctrine listed or “leave our country” [my emphasis].The list includes things like: enslaving for sex, approval of beating slaves, and killing non-Muslims.This is an example of a hermeneutic (which is a fa … [Read more...]

If You Aren’t a Little Bit Agnostic, You Might Not Be Progressive

I prefer to use the word “agnostic” as an adjective rather than a noun.Here's origin of that preference: It starts with this video from one of my living heroes, Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson, in which he addresses the question of whether or not he is atheist.     If you didn’t watch the video – or maybe missed it, Dr. Tyson says:“...I would say, if I find a word that comes closest it would be agnostic. . . to refer to someone who does … [Read more...]

10 Things Christians Shouldn’t Do At Christmas

Ah, Christmas! “The most wonderful time of the year.”A time to gather with family and friends and, with smiles on our faces, pretend we aren’t quietly measuring who received the best present and which of our relatives really, really needs to stop drinking.A time to hang tinsel and baubles from the tree, and time to hang up our hopes of losing that last 10 pounds this year.Such a joyous season!The real point here is that Christmas is what we make of it.For Christians, however, … [Read more...]

A Prayer For Election Day

In Proverbs, we are reminded that Wisdom is a thing in which you delight daily. In the life and teachings of Jesus, we are reminded that loving others is one and the same as loving you.As we as a nation, a nation who boldly proclaims across the face of our currency that “In God We Trust,” approach yet another election cycle, we ask that you might inspire in us a deep seated desire to delight in wisdom rather than focus on party lines.May we be moved to a compassion for … [Read more...]

Full of Sound and Fury Signifying Quite a Lot: Review of Fury

Fury is a film that pits humanity against the machines of war. It's a film which intentionally wears its angst-riddled heart on its sleeve simply for the sake of capturing a glimpse of life. It willingly casts aside any interest in preaching to you for the opportunity to show you the underbelly of war. It blatantly thumbs its nose at the long history of how war movies are typically crafted in Hollywood for the chance to give us something new that might change the way we conceptualize war.It … [Read more...]