Christians and Spank Culture: How and Why to Stop It

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Between the “cool pope” speaking out in favor of physical discipline and Fifty Shades of Grey, spanking is back in the news. Though I come from an evangelical background, I admire the pope, and so found his latest comments frustrating. I don’t spank my children. (Full disclosure: my children are still quite young—but so far, [Read More...]

Eliminating evangelical double-speak about salvation

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What if salvation was experienced as a process of growth in love, rather than as a reward for believing a particular doctrine about Jesus? [Read more...]

One question fundamentalists cannot answer

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Why would God care more about what we believe about God, than how we live for God? [Read more...]

Keeping Hope Alive

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In Luke’s story about Mary and Joseph bringing Jesus to the temple (Luke 2:22-40) they meet two prophets, Simeon and Anna, both well along in years. Simeon and Anna had been patiently waiting and looking for “the redemption of Israel” (Luke 2:38) and for God’s salvation “prepared in the presence of all peoples” as “a [Read More...]

How do you know when you’ve had a divine encounter?

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Mary was willing to trust and surrender to the Great Love and Mystery that formed the Christ child in her. What about us? Are we open and receptive enough, willing to make space, time, and opportunity for the Christ image to be formed in us? [Read more...]

A Christmas Play Gone Awry (or maybe not)

When we turn away from a world in need, from the cries of creation for mending and healing, from our brothers and sisters who are lonely, oppressed, wounded, and lost, we turn away from Christ. [Read more...]

Being and Becoming Children of God

I grew up with a theology that said all children are children of God—that is, until they reach the age of accountability. I was also indoctrinated into a belief in total depravity: that we are all born sinners and inherit a sinful nature. Somehow we had to harmonize these two positions, and the way we [Read More...]

The cycle Christians must help break

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Everyone has been hurt. And hurt people hurt people. Our job is to do our best to break that cycle.
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