The Real Face of Christian Community

*The following is a guest post Community … community … community. Everywhere you turn, inside and outside of the church, people are obsessed with talking about community.  This is a good thing insofar as it combats the individualistic tendencies of our society. When we stop thinking about the world as millions of autonomous selves and [Read More...]

Dear Internet, Thanks For Ordaining Me For the Low Low Price of $47: Reflections on Community

In June, my pastoral residency came to an end.  For the past two years, my pastoral license found its validity in the denomination of that church.  But upon leaving, my license expired.  Certainly there are worst things in life, but my issue was that I had already committed to two weddings!  I began to panic [Read More...]

Coming Out of the Theological Closet

I’m told that coming out of the closet involves risk on the part of someone who identifies with the LGBTIQ community.  How will my family and friends respond?  Will I be labeled as an outsider? When people choose to love these folks, no matter one’s convictions about sexuality, I believe that God is honored.  The [Read More...]

New Worship Songs for Progressive Christian Faith Communities (Brian Brandsmeier)

Progressive Christianity has a lot of things in its favor: thoughtful theology, rich tradition, social engagement, etc. But too often it’s missing one important factor: passion. Some people probably gravitate to more conservative churches because, frankly, they’re bored and uninspired by worship at progressive churches. But it’s possible to be progressive and passionate. One important [Read More...]


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