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“I will be all right: My people were Mormon Pioneers.”

Pioneers My people were Mormon pioneers. Is the blood still good? They stood in awe as truth Flew by like a dove And dropped a feather in the West. Where truth flies you follow If you are a pioneer. I have searched the skies And now and then Another feather has fallen. I have packed […]


Why I’m Still a Gay Christian

There has been a flurry of dismissals in the news. Folks in the church coming out in support of marriage equality and LGBT inclusion have lost their job, their faith has been attacked, they have lost positions or removed from their churches and denominations. The chaplain at Wheaton College fired, a professor at Fuller lost […]


A Progressive Christian Defense of Planned Parenthood

A number of progressive Christian authors have come out in opposition to Planned Parenthood and abortion rights or they have wanted to give voice to the moral ambiguities involved in the issue. The latter I respect. But as a progressive Christian I wanted to offer an alternative position. One which affirms and supports the work […]

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“From which any or all persons may be excluded”

In 2010 my family moved to South Central Idaho.  Shortly after we moved here we added two new regular pilgrimages to our routine of celebrating summer and Independence Day.  Near our home is one of United States’s scenic wonders and brightest spots, Shoshone Falls. Its beauty and power never cease to amaze or inspire me.  […]

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Finding Joy…Division

I have only discovered Joy Division over that last 5 years. I had heard of them before that. I knew some New Order songs. But only recently have I discover the dark joy of Joy Division. In the last few months, I have read a bit about their story and Ian Curtis. His talent and […]


California Über Alles

Forty years ago @JerryBrownGov was the governor of California. And some people thought he should run for president. pic.twitter.com/idjNXk2I0u — John Nichols (@NicholsUprising) July 16, 2015 Jello, take it away. I am Governor Jerry Brown My aura smiles and never frowns Soon I will be President Carter power will soon go away I will be […]


A Farewell to Kings #rush #bastilleday

When they turn the pages of history When these days have passed long ago Will they read of us with sadness For the seeds that we let grow We turned our gaze From the castles in the distance Eyes cast down On the path of least resistance Cities full of hatred Fear and lies Withered […]


Happy Bastille Day! #rush #bastilleday

There’s no bread, let them eat cake There’s no end to what they’ll take Flaunt the fruits of noble birth Wash the salt into the earth But they’re marching to Bastille Day La guillotine will claim her bloody prize Free the dungeons of the innocent The king will kneel and let his kingdom rise Bloodstained […]

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I Never Died Said He

November 19, 2015 will mark exactly 100 years since Joe Hill was killed by a Utah Firing squad. In remembrance many events are being planned across the United States, and in other countries as well, between now and the end of the year to celebrate Hill’s life and work.  Many of these events can be […]

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Jim Gaffigan on the Sabbath

Comedian Jim Gaffigan addresses not performing on Sundays in the above video (Source: Context with Lorna Dueck). Here is a similar quote from a 2013 feature in the New York Times: I’ll do a show every night except for on Sundays. The great thing about stand-up is that I can eat with my kids and […]

From left to right: Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, (Ret.), Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg & Justice Elena Kagan in the Justices' Conference Room prior to Justice Kagan's Investiture.
Credit: Steve Petteway, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States.

May It Displease the Court: Race and Justice Sotomayor

ProPublica, July 8, 2015, 10:54 a.m. The Supreme Court last week announced that it would again hear Fisher v. Texas, an affirmative action case in which a white woman claims she was denied admission to the University of Texas because of her race. In 2013, the court ruled narrowly on the case, requiring the federal […]


Response to 40 Questions by a Rainbow Flag Waving Christian

This blog post in response to a series questions posted by Kevin DeYoung at the Gospel Coalition. The essay is 40 questions for Christians Waving Rainbow Flags and while some of the questions are loaded, they help sort out some relevant issues that appear to divide the church over LGBT issues, especially after the Supreme […]

The Victors!


While everyone has been talking today about the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold “federal tax credits for eligible Americans living not only in states with their own exchanges but also in the 34 states with federal marketplaces”, and the soon to be decision on Marriage Equality, an equally important decision was made in a courtroom […]

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Drinking with the Saints: The Sinner’s Guide to a Holy Happy Hour

Introduction:  Although drinking alcohol is against what we as Latter-day-Saints know as the word of wisdom. That doesn’t mean we cant learn important truths from those of other faiths, whose customs might differ from out own. Dr. Michael Foley, the author of Drinking With the Saints: A Sinner’s Guide to a Holy Happy Hour. Writes an […]


The Many Threads of Salvation

“Salvation should no longer be conceived as a singular process or activity. Rather, it comprises all the activities and processes within human affairs which are helping to overcome the violence and disruptions and alienations, the various forms of oppression and exploitation, and all the other historical and institutional momentums today promoting personal and social deterioration […]

What Reza Aslan Gets Wrong about the Nature of Religion

“We have to be able to criticize bad ideas,” atheist intellectual Sam Harris recently said on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. And “at the moment,” Harris continued, “Islam is the mother lode of bad ideas.” Harris delivered his remarks over the shouted protests of fellow guest Ben Affleck, who charged him with Islamophobia. In […]


“Why it matters (to me) that Jesus was born of a virgin”

“I just can’t set aside what I know of biology,” my dear friend Dwight told me as he explained why he had not yet tackled the June 7th topic in his blog series addressing the coordinated sermons being preached by a group of anti-progressive pastors in Arizona this season. The topic at hand? Why it […]


Mainline Decline: Loss and Possibility

This is a picture of an ecumenical campus ministry I was involved with at North Dakota State for a time. Now it’s sold off and is someone’s private home Derek Penwell writes what I take to be the dominant advice for mainline Protestants who are dismayed the precipitous decline in church membership and affiliation, a […]


Cats Cradle of Kindness

In 1993, while serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I listened to Sister Chieko Okazaki, then the first counselor in the General Relief Society Presidency of the Church, give a talk that she titled, “Cats Cradle of Kindness.”  In this talk Sister Okazaki compared our lives and the […]


Why it’s Important that Jesus was Human

Continuing the series that the 8 conservative churches have laid out for us in Fountain Hills Arizona, I want to, as a progressive Christian, explore the flip side of their claim : Why is it important that Jesus was a human being like you and me? I want to do this because I don’t think […]


Is the Bible Reliable?

                         The above picture is Paul and Peter arguing over their disagreements Why is it important that the Bible is reliable is the second topic among the 8 churches in Fountain Hills Arizona. Last Sunday they all preached on this topic on in their opposition to progressive Christianity and the Fountains Methodist Church in particular. […]


Ireland Comes Home For Equality

The Republic of Ireland is holding a referendum today to decide whether to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples. If the vote turns out in favor, it will be a remarkable historical moment. Ireland will be the first country to adopt marriage equality by a popular vote. And though it is close, it does look […]


Mad Max: Furiosa

Mad Max: Fury Road is the movie I have waited for my entire life. It’s not perfect, but it comes close. It is refreshing in many ways–it doesn’t rely on CGI, the secondary characters are fully fleshed out, and it doesn’t waste precious minutes of screen time on unnecessary exposition or explanation.


Why It’s Important that God Changes

Fountain Hills AZ has come into national attention as eight congregations have come together to do a series against progressive Christianity. Several congratulated themselves on their ecumenism though it appears to be directed against Fountain Hills United Methodist. They also lauded the idea of free discussion but no discussion is had with any progressive Christian […]


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