Reading the Bible that tricky 3rd way

I love reading the Bible. I grew up reading it, I am passionate about studying it, and delight to preach from it whenever I get the chance. I also recognize that it is getting harder to do in our contemporary context. I am a loud critic of simple dualism (constantly contending with my Evangelical … Read more about Reading the Bible that tricky 3rd way

Why I hate religion but love Jesus & the missing ingredient

Jeff Bethke has created quite a stir with his YouTube video that begins “Jesus came to abolish religion.”  Many video responses have followed (including a Muslim response) and  some bloggers have meticulously  attacked the logic behind his poem point-by-point.  This past week he was in Time … Read more about Why I hate religion but love Jesus & the missing ingredient

Horse Gods – C.S. Lewis, Xenophanes and John Piper’s blaspheme

I spent this past week explaining that saying God has given Christianity a masculine feel is like saying 'God has given America a Capitalist feel'. It was the point of my post "Bananas, Bullies and the Bible - you can't start in the middle."  I never struggle to believe in God. I believe in the … Read more about Horse Gods – C.S. Lewis, Xenophanes and John Piper’s blaspheme

There is no Evangelical Orthodoxy

Roger Olson posted an excellent article by Mike Clawson on his blog last week. It was about the fundamentalist roots of evangelicalism and their contemporary implications. In the comments (and Roger always has tons of comments) Olson reminded everyone of an article he wrote 12 years ago for … Read more about There is no Evangelical Orthodoxy

My Love (hate) Relationship with Tim Tebow

I love Tim Tebow - I just hate what his fan do with his success.   It is irresponsible and un-Biblical. I have said before that I respect Tim and that he does not think God helps the Broncos win football games. Why I love Tim: He works incredibly hard, has an amazing energy, lives out his … Read more about My Love (hate) Relationship with Tim Tebow

Femininity, Image, and Identity: the role of youth pastors and movies

Hey Julie Clawson !  I could use some help thinking through a couple of things.   For those of you who don’t know her, Julie Clawson is the author of Everyday Justice, a pastor, blogger, Emergent leader and former podcast guest. She is one of the conversation partners at the upcoming Emergent … Read more about Femininity, Image, and Identity: the role of youth pastors and movies

Banned Questions about Jesus & the Bible with Christian Piatt

Christian Piatt, author of Banned Questions about Jesus & Banned Questions about the Bible stops by for a chat about church, Jesus, faith, the Bible and the important stuff in life.  As a minister's husband Christian has been part of planting a progressive Disciples of Christ church in … Read more about Banned Questions about Jesus & the Bible with Christian Piatt

31 Reasons I Left Evangelicalism and Became a Progressive But Not a Liberal

Okay, in the spirit of Rachel Held Evans' blog post on 13 Things that Make Me a Lousy Evangelical (and a Lousy Progressive and a Lousy Feminist), I've come up with my own list of 31 reasons I left evangelicalism and became a progressive (for lack of a better term) but not a liberal. So, here we … Read more about 31 Reasons I Left Evangelicalism and Became a Progressive But Not a Liberal

Crossed Out – have we overdone the crucifixion?

In tomorrow's TNT I am planning to ask Tripp if he thinks that too much has been made out the the cross. “Have we over-focused on the crucifixion?” [the link to this episode is here]  I think that we may have overdone it on the cross. It is out of proportion.  I want to I hear more about the … Read more about Crossed Out – have we overdone the crucifixion?

Heaven – we have a problem! (with sexuality)

This was a week of controversy in the Blogosphere – at least in my neck of the woods. The topic of gender, femininity, and sexuality were the touch points.  I am going to highlight 3 controversial blogs from this week … but first I want to acknowledge that it mirrored (albeit in a much smaller … Read more about Heaven – we have a problem! (with sexuality)

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