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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 […]

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 […]

Of Berries and Migrants

My family LOVES fresh berries. I know, you don’t care, but bear with me for a few minutes.  The local community college has a “U Pick” garden.  Among their fresh fruits are rows and rows of raspberries, both read and golden, and blackberries. They give you a bucket and you can pick all that you […]

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 […]

Bad Theology in the Nashville Statement

So major evangelical leaders came together to produce a statement on “biblical sexuality.” But there were Catholic and mainline Protestant signers of the Nashville Statement. So while the problems with this statement are concentrated in evangelicalism, they are in fact problems that affects a much wider swath of the church. Much of the press coverage […]

A Common Faith

  Rod Dreher has a remarkable way of both identifying the big issues of our time and then developing prescriptions that cannot hold, given his own stances. The one I wanted to focus on this line from a recent essay. The Other America: The America of a society that has lost its bindings — to […]

Bethel and Progressive Christianity

I want to focus on the place called Bethel, because in the story of Bethel lies a tail that weaves its way through the Bible. We first hear about Bethel in Genesis 12, where Abram, (Abraham’s original name) receives his call to leave his homeland and is promised a new land and a people. One […]

5 Marks of Theological Liberalism: a Liberal Responds

This post is written largely in response to Morgan Guyton, a UMC campus minister, who steers a path between religious liberalism and conservative evangelicalism as he responds to a piece titled 5 Marks of Theological Liberalism. His responses are well written and there’s a lot to agree with. But given that I identify as a […]