Rick Warren provided some of us with a lot of fun the past two days on Twitter. He had sent out a message: "New churches: Buy land as soon as you can but delay building for as long as you can. Cant explain all the reasons here." This set off one of the funniest followup memes I have seen called … Read more about What Is Rick Warren Reading?
I had the honor of guest blogging for Scot McKnight yesterday. It was a good opportunity to try something out with a different crowd. It was instigated by last weeks post in response to Roger Olsen and Scot McKnight. It was a fantastic conversation and I learned several things that I will take … Read more about Lessons from Blogging at Jesus Creed on Progressive & Liberal
Roger Olson caused some ripples last week when he posted “Why I am not a Liberal Christian”. Then Scot McKnight went and took it even farther with “What is a Liberal Anyway” and said : “Evangelicals have successfully made “liberal” a pejorative term. So today many liberals call themselves … Read more about There is a Difference Between Liberal and Progressive
Listening to Howard Zinn (author of the classic A People’s History of the United States) at a town hall meeting style presentation recorded in 2007 (you can get it on Itunes from WGBH Politics) I was struck by the need to recognize the sheer complexity of issues and multiplicity of … Read more about Moving Toward Multiplicity
In the TNT that will come out later today, Tripp and I talk about how he would love to start a Lectio-Cast with a Biblical Scholar. Since I am only 2 years into my use of the lectionary, I often look a couple of weeks ahead and think 'I wonder how preachers in Mainline circles are going to handle … Read more about The Trouble with This Week’s Texts (Baptism Sunday)
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
On last week’s TNT I said something that I have heard a lot of positive - and some negative - feedback on. I thought it would be good to continue the conversation here on the blog. My assertion was that: If you are a Christian, you have to believe something about hell. It is just not an option to … Read more about You have to believe in Hell, Predestination, Election and the Book of Revelation
Brian McLaren recently posted a very interesting note from a former fan who was feeling the need to 'break ranks' with the author over his position regarding homosexuality. I wanted to post part of it here for several reasons. I have been saying that 'People Do Change Their Minds'. We … Read more about McLaren Changed His Mind
As you may have heard, Pat Robertson topped even himself in the category of 'insulting-inflammatory- stupid comments while the tape is running' this morning. That may seem difficult with all of the previous entries that have earned him elite status in the gaff olympics. His newest entry was in … Read more about Lets not be too hard on Pat Robertson
This past weekend I got to participate in one of best and most interesting experiences of my christian life - Wild Goose West. This was the festival’s first venture to the left coast and it did not disappoint! Billed as an intersection of 'Art, Justice, Music and Spirituality', the Goose brought … Read more about Wild Goose or Mild Goose?
The nerds get a hilarious fake phone call that sets them off in a silly spiral from which they never recover. The hour goes in a wild direction when Bo brings audio from his first encounter with the legendary liberal named Sporg. Things wrap up with a response to Tony Jones' challenge to say … Read more about A Silly, Sarcastic, & Sporged Out Nerd Out!
Two weeks ago I got to sit down with Diana Butler Bass and ask her about everything from her new book’s title Christianity After Religion to the Methodist tradition and why Evangelical young people are 30 years behind. It was a blast! [you can hear the audio here] At the end of the hour, the … Read more about Defending Diana Butler Bass and those non-human animals