December 8, 2018

You’ve seen A Charlie Brown Christmas, the Emmy award-winning TV program that has charmed audiences for more than 50 years. As Charlie Brown struggles with the commercialism of Christmas, Linus reminds him what Christmas is all about. The Christian messages are both obvious and subtle. Linus was actually a contemporary of Paul and active in the early church. The soundtrack includes the hymn, Hark the Herald Angels Sing: Hark the herald angels sing “Glory to the newborn King! Peace on… Read more

December 5, 2018

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November 18, 2018

Across denominations there are a variety of beliefs, but a common core issue is how Christians treat others: do they treat others in ways that are Christ-like or in ways that are not Christian? The answer is usually as clear as a morning sunrise to those who are discriminated against and as dim as dusk to those who discriminate. Many Christian denominations have wonderful faith traditions. But for many denominations, discrimination is the tradition. Discrimination is treating some people differently… Read more

November 9, 2018

It can be difficult to find off-beat and unusual books and videos outside the mainstream that grapple with faith and Christianity. Here’s a list of 1o under-appreciated or unusual gift suggestions for the progressive Christians in your life. The Book of Daniel – The Complete Series Because of Conservative Christian backlash, this series was doomed to failure before it ever aired on NBC. Some of the story lines are dreadful, but the special relationship between Daniel and Jesus is poignant… Read more

October 30, 2018

Some Christians are cowards. Fearful cowards. What else explains their belief that guns are ever a Christian choice? Plenty of churches have no problem with guns, with violence, with the idea of ‘defending’ others with violence. If a congregation believes it needs to be defended by armed guards, it has lost the point of the Gospels. Some will say killing is justified if it is done to defend others. This is the “just war” philosophy. Many Christians say that guns… Read more

October 24, 2018

The Conservative Evangelical Christian understanding of God hurts people. Throughout history, Christians have tortured, murdered, or abused groups of people with which they disagreed. Indigenous people of differing faiths, fellow Christians of different beliefs or different skin tones all have been victimized by mainstream Christians who confuse nationalism with the teaching of Christ. What’s going on in Washington D.C. is counter to the message of Jesus, of the prophets and of the Bible. While politicians increase government spending on weapons… Read more

October 20, 2018

To read a review of the documentary about Mr. Rogers, visit “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” To buy the movie, follow the link below… Read more

October 13, 2018

“Democracy dies in the dark.” ~ Judge Damon J. Keith On Aug. 28, 1963, more than 200,000 people gathered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to demand equal rights for all Americans and to hear Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. “I think this has been one of the great days of America,” King said afterwards. “And I think this march will go down as one of the greatest, if not the… Read more

September 27, 2018

Guys get lucky and girls get raped. Can sexual assault really revolve around  semantics and perspective? Shockingly, sometimes, yes, it can. The proof is in the current conversations on the political stage. What some women see as inappropriate or unwelcome sexual contact — the definition of assault — some men see as consensual. A man who thinks he is being romantic, can walk away a date rapist. A party where teenage girls are raped, can appear to some to be parties where teenagers had… Read more

September 19, 2018

From the Genesis of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, sexual exploitation of women, rape and patriarchy are stitched into the fabric of the world’s religions. Abram’s sexual exploitation of both his female slave and his wife, is just the first example of bigamy, sexual servitude, rape and the denigration of women that is the foundation of multiple faith traditions. A significant segment of Christian society believe scripture tells them wives should submit to their husbands, women should have no authority over… Read more

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