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The Left and Christianity

The religious right has a narrative and there has been a lot of ink spilled in the last week or so to promote it. The short if it comes from Rod Dreher “To be a secular liberal is to hate Christians…” The stories used for evidence to this claim has been; the reaction to the […]

Christian Love and LGBT Folks

When I see critics respond to a Christian by telling them that they’re a bigot because of their loving beliefs, they’re telling that Christian he’s a liar – David French I think this is a real possibility. But it would mean getting a handle on what love means. 1 Corinthians 10:24 Let no one seek his own good, […]

Prosecuting false accusers will only make things worse

The Senate voted 50-48 last Saturday to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. This followed a contentious political fight over allegations by three women that Kavanaugh had committed acts of sexual assault in high school and college. Two days later at Kavanaugh’s swearing-in, President Donald Trump proclaimed him “proven innocent” of sexual assault. In […]

17 Theses about Resurrection

There’s been a recent debate on twitter over the question of whether one must believe in the physical resurrection in order to be a Christian. The responses have ranged from the extreme The teaching that Jesus is not risen bodily from the dead is from the spirit of Antichrist. It is damnable heresy, and merits […]

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The American Evangelical Babylonian Captivity

On all Saints Day 1517 a young German Augustinian monk nailed a set of 95 theses on the wall the Wittenberg Cathedral door which outlined the theological errors and abuses of the church against the common people such as the selling of indulgences. Martin Luther would go on to declare that the people of God […]

Some Rules for Civility

A lot hinges on the word civility and its meaning. What civility is not Some think it means the avoidance of conflict and the accompanying act of not raising uncomfortable topics. As Morgan Guyton writes Civility means not creating a disturbance ..It means keeping your conversation safe and vanilla with people you don’t know well. […]

A Liberal View of the Trinity

I’ve written on the Trinity before but I wanted another go at it. Because sometimes there is a disconnect between religious doctrine and the issues we face in our world today. And a defense of the Trinity can be seen as obscuring those issues. But to do so, I’ll make a case for the Trinity […]

Is Christianity Exclusive?

  Matt Lewis from CNN writes: Christianity is, by definition, an exclusive religion. Anyone can become a Christian, but doing so means accepting an exclusive doctrine. According to Christ, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” This, by definition, means other religions are “false.” It’s a bold claim’; there’s […]

Chris’s Corner

2017 Chris H. Update #HappyNewYear

I have not blogged in 2017. This post will make my one and only post of 2017. In some ways, 2016 burned me out early in the year. I didn’t recover in 2017. I don’t have any lists of best movies or best books from 2017. Maybe I will keep better track of such things […]

#NeverTrump 2016 Was A Repeat of #AnyBodyButBush 2004

#NeverTrump of 2016 was a lot like #AnyBodyButBush in 2004. They both failed. I worried about this back in the early summer. In the ballot booth we vote for individuals (or parties). #Never and #AnybodyBut can be a starting point, but but they cannot be the central message. The Democratic Party prides itself on not […]

My Election Day Predictions

Click the map to create your own at 270toWin.com Two months ago, I would have predicted Clinton getting closer to the 350 mark. I think it is still possible, but I also don’t thing that is what the Clinton campaign is aiming for. In terms of the popular vote. this is my guess: Clinton 50% […]

Voter Intimidation Against BYU-Idaho Students

In Idaho, you can register to vote at the polls as long as you can show that you have resided in Idaho for the 30 previous days. This far into Fall semester, that would cover most Brigham Young University-Idaho students who are American citizens.  However, according to the above sign in the Madison County Elections […]

My Mother is the Docent in Robert Kirby’s Column: Here is What Actually Happened

  The following is from an email my mother sent out on February 21, 2019 to her children, grandchildren, and some close family friends: We had quite a scene at the Beehive House yesterday morning. This guy comes waltzing in requesting a tour, right behind him a second group of 6, we decided to make […]

Leaving the 3-hour block behind. #MormonJournal

Officially, this change is part of a shift toward more personal and family study which is home-based. Unofficially, it is a shift away from a meeting structure which has grown stale.

A Tale of 2 Churches

  I had a chance to visit a mega church in my home town of Miles City MT. Technically they may not have the numbers since this is a rural community. But they had all the markers of such a church. Coffee during the service, screens, a praise band, multiple services, multiple blue jean clad […]

Ascension Day for Progressive Christians

Ascension Day is the time where Jesus offers his final words to his disciple, after which he ascends into heaven. Pentecost is when the Holy Spirit comes upon the church such that they are emboldened to become the church and act out the ministry of Jesus. I want to explore the relation between Ascension Day […]

California Bill AB 2943 and What It Means for Religious Freedom

The bill in question, AB 2943, is intended to outlaw the sale of “sexual orientation change” therapy. However, Christian attorneys argue that the bill’s language is so broad that it could be used to restrict the sale of not only therapy, but also Christian books and lectures—including potentially the Bible.

What Does Prayer Accomplish?

Every time there is a mass shooting, and apparently this is the new normal, the question of prayer is raised. It has become evident that too many Republican politicians refuse to enact any meaningful legislation to combat gun violence and instead only offer “thoughts and prayers”. The phrase has been a stand in for doing […]

Book Review: The Mormon Hierarchy: Wealth and Corporate Power

Book Review: The Mormon Hierarchy: Wealth and Corporate Power Author: D Michael Quinn Published by: Signature Books, 2017 ISBN: 978-1-56085-235-3  Price: 49.95 I don’t remember much about May, 1983 (give me a break, I was only 10), but I *do* remember one experience very distinctly.  One afternoon my parents drove the four of us children from […]

Epiphany for Progressives

The season of Epiphany began January 6th and continues until Ash Wednesday. Epiphany, in the Greek, could be likened to a manifestation, a striking appearance, or a vision of God. In the Western Church, an epiphany is had by the wise men, who came bearing gifts to the infant Jesus. And so Epiphany is inaugurated […]

Book Review: Moth and Rust Mormon Encounters with Death

Title:  Moth and Rust: Mormon Encounters with Death,  Edited by: Stephen Carter, Published: Signature books, 2017, Pages: 257 Genre: Narrative Non (mostly!) Fiction ISBN: 978-1-56085-265-0 Price: 23.95 When Devery Anderson at Signature Books contacted me and asked me if I would like a review copy of “Moth and Rust: Mormon Encounters with Death,” he did not […]

Reclaiming Faith as a Progressive

A number of articles  have come out on Bart Compolo’s embrace of atheism. As the son of Tony Compolo, a famous evangelical writer and speaker. In particular, Bart’s statement that once he started to doubt this or that doctrine, he moved quickly from progressive Christianity to atheism. Many conservative writers have been quick to embrace […]