August 11, 2022

SAYING 16: “Jesus said: Men think, perhaps, that I am come to cast peace upon the world; and they do not know that I am come to cast dissensions upon the earth, fire, sword, war. For there will be five who are in a house;

August 8, 2022

A few weeks ago I ran across this amazing book, quite by accident. I was perusing books at a local used bookstore and found this small paperback – American Indian Mythology by Alice Marriott and Carol K. Rachlin. In the very first chapter, I read the first few pages of the Cheyenne Myth of Creation and it blew my mind. Here, below, are a few excerpts from the Myth with my reactions and notes. I hope you’re sitting down. HOW... Read more

August 3, 2022

    Saying 15: Jesus said, “When you see him who was not born of woman, fall on your faces and worship him. That one is your Father.” The main point to this saying is not that we should worship God, or even that we

July 29, 2022

After my post yesterday seeking to answer the question Who Are The Nation’s Top Progressive Christian Leaders?,  I received some gentle –  and some not-so-gentle – suggestions that my list was very, very White and for that I am sincerely apologetic. Yes, I did attempt to clarify in that article that my post was “fairly subjective” and that these were “my picks” based on “How often do these people get quoted, shared, name-dropped or referenced in Progressive Christian posts, books,... Read more

July 27, 2022

SAYING 14: Jesus said to them: “If you fast, you will bring forth sin for yourselves; and if you pray, you will be condemned; and if you give alms, you will do harm to your spirits. [But] when you enter any land and travel over

July 27, 2022

  As with any Top 10 or Best list, this post will be fairly subjective. In other words, these are my picks for the Nation’s Top Progressive Christian Leaders. Your mileage may vary. My criteria for the main list is fairly straightforward: How often do these people get quoted, shared, name-dropped or referenced in Progressive Christian posts, books, interviews or on social media? In my experience, these are the Christian Leaders who are the most influential among Progressive Christians: Richard... Read more

July 25, 2022

  This is a hard question to answer, because honestly, even Progressive Christians don’t totally agree on what qualifies as Progressive Theology. For example, I co-host a long-running and fairly popular podcast called The Heretic Happy Hour. For the last 5 years, we’ve championed the fact that each host is free to share their own unique theological views without feeling the need to agree with any of our other co-hosts. Our goal has been to model what it looks like... Read more

July 23, 2022

About 3 years ago, I started an online course called Square 1 which has since grown into a large online community where people who are going through the pain and uncertainty of religious Deconstruction can process their questions and discover – at their own pace and in their own way – what Reconstruction might look like for them. Since starting Square 1, the course and community have branched into Square 2 – a more Reconstruction-focused module – and Square 3... Read more

July 21, 2022

Saying 13, “Jesus said to his disciples, “Compare me to someone and tell me who I am like.” Simon Peter said to him, “You are like a righteous angel.” Matthew said to him, “You are like a wise philosopher.” Thomas said to him, “Master, I

July 12, 2022

Saying 12: “The disciples asked Jesus, “We know that you will leave us. Who will be our leader?” Jesus said to them: “Where you are, you are to go to James the Righteous, for whose sake heaven and earth came into being.”   Observant readers

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