Must Christians Believe in a Second Coming?

detail from The Last Judgment by Michelangelo (1541)

The physical, bodily return of Jesus Christ was declared one of the five essential doctrines of Christian belief by the Conference of Conservative Protestants that met in Niagara Falls in 1895 (the other four doctrines were biblical inerrancy, the virgin birth, the divinity of Jesus, and substitutionary atonement). These five beliefs formed the foundation Christian [Read More...]

It’s All About How We See


See what you see. This is the meaning of a Jesus saying in the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus said, “Know what is in front of your face, and what is hidden from you will be disclosed to you. For there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed” (Logion 5, trans. by Marvin Meyer). Not [Read More...]

B.S.’s no BS speech at Liberty University should challenge all of us


Bernie Sanders is not a Christian. He is a Jew, though he does not profess to be deeply religious. However, the vision he recently expounded in a speech to the students and faculty of Liberty University, the school founded by the Baptist fundamentalist Jerry Falwell, sounded more Christian than many Christians. [Read more...]

Why I Have Compassion for Defiant Court Clerk Kim Davis  


Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk who has refused to issue marriage licenses, has been all over the news and internet this past week. Last Thursday U.S. District Judge Bunning sent her to jail. The couples who originally sued in the case asked Bunning to fine her but not jail her. Bunning said that sending her to prison was his only alternative because he did not believe she would comply with his order if she were fined. [Read more...]

What the Bible Is


The written documents that constitute our Bible are snapshots of an evolving, developing, dynamic faith frozen in time. [Read more...]

Is God in Control?


How does God interact with the world? Does God directly manage and determine the course of global and human events? Many Christians think so. [Read more...]

It’s Time to Give the Gospel of Thomas Its Due

Gospel of Thomas and A pocryphon of John, Codex II The Nag Hammadi manuscripts

The spiritual wisdom to be found in the Gospel of Thomas just may be the kind of spiritual wisdom contemporary Christians most need. [Read more...]

Marriage Equality — What Have Christians Lost?


Should Christians who are celebrating marriage equality empathize with those who are grieving over the Supreme Court ruling? [Read more...]