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The God of Life

We are in the season of Easter, Eastertide. For 50 days, we have a chance to reflect on the meaning of resurrection, in our life and in our faith. Pentecost, from both Greek and Latin means the 50th day, which celebrates the beginning of the church, when the disciples in the upper room are given […]

Notes on Religious Pluralism

I had a chance to attend a symposium on religious pluralism at Oklahoma City Community College, where I teach religion and philosophy part time. It became obvious that there was a tension in the room. This came from having two opposing view points in the room. And the viewpoints largely talked around each other. Let’s […]

A Future for Mainline Protestantism

If you believe that Christianity is something that people can re-form into a shape that suits our felt needs in this time and place….then a strong form of Christianity cannot survive…The grandchildren of today’s progressive Christians will either be traditionalist Christians or not Christian at all. We really are at a dramatic fork in the […]

A Gay, Liberal Protestant Reads the Benedict Option Vol 2

  In lieu of the critiques Rod Dreher offers against modernity, which he sees playing out in American culture, including the increasing acceptance of LGBT people, the dramatic rise of the nones, and the failure of our society to agree on a common good, he offers a proposal: the Benedict Option. The Benedict Option is […]

A Gay, Liberal Protestant Reads the Benedict Option Vol 1

Rod Dreher, an Eastern Orthodox writer, has written the Benedict Option. A book of counsel for fellow social conservatives, in particular those he considers small o orthodox. That counsel is partially based on responding to the shift in our society towards LGBT inclusion, the rise of the nones, and the political fragmentation of a society that no […]

A Final Justice?

Andrew Walker, Director of Policy Studies at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention, gives us a dichotomy. We can believe that there is a final justice, an ultimate ordering of society, of life. The question is, does it happen in this world? Or does it happen in the next world? […]

Discrimination is Discrimination

I’m highlighting a piece  that tries to create a space for religious discrimination against LGBT folks. This is done by redefining discrimination in a way that allow it against LGBT folks but not against African Americans, Muslims or the disabled. This is done by parsing out difference between invidious discrimination and ordinary distinctions. The first […]

Ash is Enough

Lent according to Wikipedia “is a solemn religious observance in the liturgical calendar of many Christian denominations that begins on Ash Wednesday and covers a period of approximately six weeks before Easter Sunday.The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer through prayer, penance, repentance of sins, alms giving, and self-denial.” This begins […]

Tribal Religion and Tribal Politics

So I’ve been increasingly convinced, that in the US, being a Christian is often considered part of a package. A package that includes an American form nationalism, right wing politics, and an identification with the GOP. This creates pressure among Republicans, who do not have a religious bent, to identify with Christianity so as to […]

A Post Election Sermon

What a week this has been. I haven’t really had a time to digest it all, make sense of its meaning. That may take years though. not days. So if any of you still feel at a bit of a loss, remember, it’s only been days. It’s OK to not know what happened, where our […]

Is God in control of the 2016 Election?

A number of evangelical writers who are opposed to Trump and Hillary find themselves in the situation that one of the two candidates they oppose will become our next president. Knowing that this is the case they remind us and each other that despite everything God is in control and we can be at peace […]

The Democrats and Religious Outreach

Jacob Lupfer, at Religion News Service, has made a case for outreach to the evangelical community by the Clinton campaign and Democrats in general. As a Christian pastor I appreciate the sentiment but the recent Wikileaks involving efforts at outreach to Catholic progressives indicate what kind of problems can occur. To do outreach to a […]