Christian theology has an opportunity moving into the future. In part 1 I outlined modern Christianity’s problem. I could say more about Christendom, Colonialism and Consumerism (the 3 C’s of modern Christianity) and will later this week. In part 2 I looked at modern Christianity’s temptation to … Read more about Neither Barth Nor Schleiermacher: Modern Theology’s Opportunity (3/3)
I am loving the conversations that have come out of the publicity tour of Sunday Assemblies. The feedback and pushback that is being generated by these 'atheist churches' is proving very informative. I am actually learning a lot about how people think of church, atheism, tradition, and … Read more about ‘Atheist Churches’ are more traditional than Emergents
My newsfeed has seen a steady stream of articles about the new trend of ‘atheist churches’ racing by this past week. Much of it seems to revolve around a successful publicity tour by British comedy duo Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans, who are currently: on a tongue-in-cheek "40 Dates, 40 Nights" … Read more about Atheist Churches: a fad or the future?
Guest post by Renee Axtell - one of the stars of the Easter Call-In Challenge has sent us her thoughts from the amber waves of Kansas. Should we stop saying that God sent Jesus to die? My answer is yes. We should stop saying that God sent Jesus to die, because that implies that God’s … Read more about The Cross: meaning, redemption and the future
Once in a while you run into a sentence that hits you like a ton of bricks. You can read thousands of sentences in order to get to it. Only rarely do you see it coming. Once in a while you are in a chapter that is so rich and nourishing that the sentence is just the Pièce de résistance. Over … Read more about That Sentence about Seminaries
A podcast legend visits LA live! Listen in as Bo gets to ask the famed author about her new book Christianity After Religion, why Christianity isn't a religion, the decline of the Mainline, the Methodist tradition as well as topics ranging from sexuality to other religions. This event was hosted … Read more about Diana Butler Bass in 3-D!
Tomorrow is Pentecost Sunday in the liturgical calendar. As one who emerged from a charismatic evangelical background and is now employed at a mainline church, this is my favorite Sunday of the whole year! Here are just 3 funny things about Pentecost Sunday: Charismatics don’t celebrate it. … Read more about A funny thing happened on the way to Pentecost
In the past several week I have read three interesting blog posts about worship. The first was from theologian James K.A. Smith with An Open Letter to Praise Bands The second was from Tony Jones guest posting at PoMoMusings on the next 100 years The third was from Tara Burke over at … Read more about Worried about Worship
In the most recent podcast episode Mike Morrell interviews Leif Hetland, a charismatic signs & wonders Pastor. Afterward I get to talk to with Tripp about my thoughts on reconciling the best of Pentecostal practices with a Progressive Christianity. Here are my two big points: What … Read more about Pentecostals & Progressives
I love John Caputo. I have only read four of his book, but one of those was The Weakness of God - and that is a crowned jewel in my library. If you have not read it, you can just check out chapter 4 of What Would Jesus Deconstruct? where he summarizes it in about 7 pages. I love when he says … Read more about The Weakness of John Caputo