I haven't really blogged about what's happening in the Presbyterian Church (USA) when it comes to changes in its ordination standards for a simple reason: I get paid by them. I know people who are more conservative and opposed the change and liberals who supported it and I haven't really wanted to offend folks or... Continue Reading →
Ashes to Ashes…We All Fall Down.
Like many people, I've been rather surprised to hear that Oscar Pistorius has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend. The South African athelete, who is a double amputee, is known as "Blade Runner" for his carbon fiber legs and his speed. Pistorius was a symbol that persons with disabilities can achieve great feats,... Continue Reading →
Why We Don’t Really Want an Answer to the Question “Why God?”
John Stackhouse reflects on the shootings in Newtown: The number one column on the New York Times website right now is Maureen Dowd’s “Why, God?” It features counsel on the problem of evil, in the wake of the Newtown shootings, from a priest friend of hers, Rev. Kevin O’Neil. Amid his admirably kind, gentle, and... Continue Reading →
God Doesn’t Love the One Percent.
I have a mixed relationship with Mary's Magnificat found in Luke 1. On the one hand it is a wonderful message of justice; that the lowly in life will be vindicated and remembered by God. I love singing the song A Canticle of the Turning by Rory Cooney. But the text also is bothersome to... Continue Reading →
You Really Don’t Want a Wild Jesus. Trust Me.
If there's something that I've grown tired of is the whole trend in American Christianity to be "radical." We don't want some meek and mild Jesus; no sir. We want a Jesus who is kicking ass and takin' names.
Fear of a Fundamentalist Planet
So quick, what is a Progressive Christian? I can come up with two answers. First, we are a bunch of Democrats who like to go to church and talk about God. Second, we are NOT evangelicals/fundamentalists. One of my favorite site to visit is Patheos. I tend to read from three channels: Progressive Christian, Evangelical... Continue Reading →
Tony Jones has offered a challenge to liberal Christian bloggers. He has rightly sensed that progressive Christians have trouble talking about God. They can talk till one's ear falls off when it comes to politics, but God? Not so much. Here's what he said: I’ve been writing recently about the problems with liberalChristianity, and I... Continue Reading →
Repost:Why Theology Matters
We are going waaay back on this one to 2005. In the mail today, I recieved a mailing from the Disciples Peace Fellowship, the peace and justice caucus within my denomination, The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The newsletter had a quote that struck me. It said: "No amount of theology about God and the... Continue Reading →