Beautiful Simplicity or Beguiling Sophistication?

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But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. - 2 Cor. 11:3, KJV Navigating the waters of being a "progressive" Christian can be treacherous business.I put "progressive" in scare quotes because it's darn near impossible to pin down a definition for that adjective, and there is certainly quite a spectrum of Christian practice that claims the title. As I mentioned in my first new post … [Read more...]

On Quitting Things…& Joining the Patheos Progressive Christian Channel

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At the end of December, I posted my new year's resolution: To quit the Progressive Christian Internet in 2014. The post generated a good deal of conversation, which was surprising since it felt a little more like a personal rant, a brief window into an internal gut-decision that I was making and thought very few people would understand. I posted it at like 1AM. Thought no one would even read it, honestly.But people did read it, and people reacted strongly. I learned from the exchange and … [Read more...]

Three Reasons You’re Not Too Smart for Orthodoxy

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In my experiences within both conservative and progressive Christian circles, there seems to be a kind of mutual playing in the politics of fear with regard to the other. On the conservative side, progressives are viewed as morally bankrupt libertine weaklings who lack the backbone to stand up to "the culture." In the words of one famous conservative preacher, this is because they are a bunch of ivory tower elites who are "educated beyond their intelligence."But on the progressive side, the … [Read more...]

Resolved: Quitting the Progressive Christian Internet in 2014

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I have a New Year's Resolution to share.It isn't quit smoking (never started). And it isn't lose weight (well, it probably should be). It isn't even one of those vague ones like be happier or be┬áhealthier or take more time for me (the latter, of course, being impossible when one works for a living and has two tiny humans to keep alive and happy). No, this Resolution is somewhat non-traditional. But it is, by my reasoning, vitally necessary: I'm quitting the Progressive Christian Internet in … [Read more...]

Why I am Conservative AND Progressive

A recent conversation on Twitter got me thinking about how I find myself straddling the line between what folks might call "conservative" and "progressive."Now, my definition of "conservative" here is more literal than political. I'm not saying that I am conservative in the sense of identifying as a political - whether social or fiscal - conservative. The entire American conservative political movement is fairly repulsive to me. Listening to the local evangelical (read: baptized American … [Read more...]

I’m Probably Right About the New Religious Right

A few months ago, I left a comment on the well-read blog of a friend (and hero) - and got into a little bit of trouble.I suggested that the neo-reformed movement - the "Young, Restless, and Reformed" that emerged a decade or so ago and have consolidated most notably into The Gospel Coalition, segments of the PCA, Southern Seminary and segments of the SBC, and Mark Driscoll's Acts 29 network - is giving rise to a new religious right in the U.S.I was immediately, and gently, corrected by … [Read more...]


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