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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Columbus Day: What Can We Hold in Common?

So a discussion ensued over the meaning of Columbus Day, not just it’s meaning, but a broader discussion on our national symbols, institutions, and myths. Are there common stories left that bind us as a people? Can we develop better stories than we’ve relied on in the past? Can we re-envision the old stories? Or […]

A look at the UCC Statement of Faith

  To examine the United Church of Christ Statement of Faith is not so much to examine a creed which binds all members and determines who is in and out of the community. Rather it is to examine a testimony of faith. In that, this statement invites us to consider our own faith and gives […]