If you are part of a congregation, know that there are probably people in your congregation who stutter or have some sort of neurodiversity like autism or ADHD. Continue reading Brayden’s Big Break
I’m going to wear the mask because when we wonder if Jesus would wear a mask, all I need to do is look to Philippians to know the answer. Continue reading Who Was That Masked Stranger?
Maybe as Christians we need to start engaging and changing the nature of social media instead of letting it change us. Continue reading Big Me and Little Jesus
The church needs to be political, if it can learn what it means to be a political church. Continue reading The Politics of Jesus
It’s wrong to be hate another person for their religion. But God also looks down on pride, the sense that you are better than others because you are so righteous. Continue reading The Politics of Fear, Reconsidered
Every so often, I’ve heard an argument that goes like this: “the press only talks about the Christians vs. the gays as if all Christians are against being gay. Don’t they know that there are Christians who support gays?” The frustration comes from being ignored by the wider culture, especially the media. When we think of Christians, we are more likely to think of evangelicals or Catholics, but never liberal Protestantism. This has long been a problem. Some, including former evangelical-turned liberal Christian Randall Balmer, think there is a conspiracy afoot inspired by groups like the Institute for Religion and … Continue reading The Invisibility of Progressive Christianity
Before I say anything, take a look at this graphic. I’ve seen a few people on Facebook share this image from theologian Benjamin Corey and I have to say that it bothers me. Maybe Corey thinks he is sharing the gospel truth, but I don’t think he’s doing that. He is peddaling a Jesus in his own image, one that surprisingly likes what Corey likes and hates what Corey hates. Which means he isn’t doing anything that different than what conservative Christians do with Jesus. When I made my journey from evangelicalism to mainline/progressive Christianity in the 90s, I was … Continue reading Was Jesus a Progressive Rabbi?
Over the years, I’ve noticed a change on social media. When I started writing on LiveJournal about 15 years ago, the circles of friends were fairly open about their lives. They wouldn’t share their deepest secrets with everybody, but they would with a certain group. There was nothing exhibitionist about it- it was just everyday people sharing the struggles of everyday life. Blogs were the same way. People were willing to share their imperfections and questions. The posts were filled with nuance and reason. But over, say the last 5 to 7 years, something happened. Social media became less personal. … Continue reading Big Me and Little Jesus
A friend on Facebook linked to an article in First Things by Mark Regnerus. Regnerus is an interesting fellow. He is a sociologist at the University of Texas and has been at the center of some controversy in recent years over a study he released on gay parenting that did not put same sex families in a positive light. Knowing that, I was a little hesitant to share this article because so many will dismiss this article at first read because of who wrote it. I disagree with Regnerus, but his article on diversity in mainline churches did hit at … Continue reading Diversity in Name Only
For someone that has touted all the good about social media, I have come to this startling conclusion: I’m tired of Facebook. Actually, I’m not totally tired of Facebook. It’s allowed me to connect with friends that I haven’t had contact with in years. No, what I’m tired of is the moralizing that goes on. An example of this are those sharing of Twitter accounts where the writer chastises those who are screaming at the children making their way to the US Border. “Jesus is ashamed of you,” it reads. There are other moralizing posts shaming those who oppose same … Continue reading Why I’m Tired of Facebook