Is the Church Failing Young People? Pt VI

No Doubt Okay, we’re in the home stretch and starting our last topic from the Barna study: “The church feels unfriendly to those who doubt”. This is, perhaps, a good time to make the point that not all churches are hostile to doubt and questions. But, somewhere along the line, we went off the tracks and […]

Is the Church Failing Young People? Pt VI

It’s Not a Club. Happy Monday, everyone! While that may be an oxymoron for you working stiffs, it’s not for me. Since I’ve retired, every day is like the weekend, which shows just how great a gig retirement truly is. And, on that cheerful note, I’ll dive right into today’s topic: young people wrestle with […]

Is the Church Failing Young People? PtIV

Science vs Religion Today, we talk about the idea that churches are antagonistic to science. Now, the Barna study actually says that “churches come across as antagonistic to science”. I italicized “come across” because I think they’re weasel words. Let’s face it, churches are antagonistic to science. Not all churches, of course, but many of […]

Lent: Big Old Ball O’ Fun?

No, it’s not. Lent sucks. But, it’s supposed to suck; that’s kind of the point. Lent, for those of you who might not be familiar with it, is a liturgical season usually celebrated as winter comJeses to a close. It’s 40 days, not counting Sundays, of fasting, penance and prayer that is supposed to prepare Christians for the […]

Thus Saith the Lord, “Pull My Finger”

If you want to piss people off, start telling Jesus jokes. For some reason, folks get their panties in a wad if you suggest anything humorous in relation to Jesus, God, the Bible, any of that stuff. Which brings up the question, did Jesus have a sense of humor. I’d say the answer has to be […]

Virgin Territory

Christians are obsessed with the concept of virginity, which I suppose is only natural since the guy on whom the Christian faith is based is said to have been born of a virgin. But, as with so many other things, we carry this virtue to extremes, telling girls to “save themselves for marriage” and if […]

Putting My Money Where My Mouth Is…, At?

A few days, in “A Big Blow Off” I said ” a bunch of seminary-trained people sitting around shooting the theological shit isn’t going to push this movement forward. To do that, we’re going to have to distill what we believe into a coherent message that regular folks can get their head around.” Now, it really gets on […]

Inerrant or Just Flat Wrong?

In the past, I’ve spent considerable time trying to show that the Bible doesn’t condemn LGBT relationships with exegesis, interpretation, historical context and just about any other way you can think of. In reality, I’ve been dancing around what I really feel: the Bible is wrong when it comes to this subject. Just flat wrong. […]

Emergent Fundamentals?

Yesterday, I got into a Twitter conversation with Brian Merritt who asked “Does the label Emergent give Conservatives an out from being called conservative while not really coming close to historic liberalism?” Unlike, many online discussions, it didn’t get ugly or argumentative. Mostly because Brian (and his wife Carol Howard-Merritt) is very cool. I first noticed […]

I Can’t Go Home Again?

At the conference/book promo I attended recently, Phyllis Tickle told those assembled that a desire to return to a pre-Constantine faith is a hallmark of Emergence Christianity. However, during his PechaKucha presentation, Barry Taylor said we will never be able to recapture pre-Constantine Christianity because we have no idea what it looked like. The first statement was […]