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Trans Kids and Other Moral Panics

Buzzfeed writes Two Parents’ Legal Battle Over Whether Their 7-Year-Old Is Transgender Has Drawn A Child Services Review. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is reviewing “possible child abuse” allegations stemming from a drawn-out custody battle between Anne Georgulas and Jeffrey Younger over their child’s gender identity. A few signs that this should […]

The Institute on Religion and Democracy and Me

  The first and only chance I had to meet Mark Tooley in person, the now president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, was in 1994. I was a college student attending Celebrate, an ecumenical gathering of mainline Protestant college students held in St. Louis  I saw Mark with pen and notebook in hand, […]

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, […]

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 […]

18 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]