God Has a Plan

Often, I hear people talk about God’s plan, as if it’s a road map for their life. I’ve never liked that. The idea that God has made this detailed plan for my life makes me wonder why God even needs me to be involved. Telling me that free will entails whether or not I decide to […]

The Bible

In “Seriously, But Not Literally“, I talked about how progressive Christians view the Bible. That view is at odds with more fundamental, conservative Christians who see the Bible as inerrant and even some more moderate ones who believe the Bible is infallible.  I’ve written about this several other times since I started this blog and […]

Hopelessly Straight?

When I changed the direction of But Not Yet, I said to myself “Self, you probably shouldn’t write about LGBT issues until you’ve built a little capitol with your new audience”. But, I thought about it and decided that if I didn’t write about these things, I wouldn’t be true to myself. And, if I’m […]

“Those People”

A few days ago, I wrote a piece titled “Are You a Bigot?” where I said “Probably not, but you’ve more than likely said bigoted things and didn’t even realize it.” In the last 24 hours, I saw two examples of this very thing. One has to do with the recent hoopla over Abercrombie and […]

Are You a Bigot?

Probably not, but you’ve more than likely said bigoted things and didn’t even realize it. You may be wondering if you are a bigot. If you are, that’s a good thing. It means you’re acknowledging that you may have said or done things in the past that were hurtful to others and you don’t want to […]

Seriously? But, Not Literally

I was talking to someone close to me this morning and found out she believes in complementarianism (is that actually a word?). I also found out that while my attitude is “live and let live” with people I don’t know, it is much less so when it comes to people I care about. I do not care […]

Belief and Practice

Last week, in “What Am I Talking About“, I said something about orthodoxy and orthopraxy. What I said exactly was “Progressive Christianity is about how you live (orthopraxy), not what you believe (orthodoxy).” That’s not exactly true. While we place a higher value on how you live than what you believe, we do think what you […]

What Am I Talking About Pt V

Okay, this is my last post in this series about Christianity in post-modern society, I promise. Well, I promise it is unless I think of something else. You should know that I’m  a seat-0f-the-pants writer and, truthfully, I don’t know exactly what I’m going to say until I actually say it. So, it’s entirely possible that by […]

What Am I Talking About Pt? IV

Continuing with this week’s theme about Christianity in the post-modern world, today we’re discussing emergence/progressive ideas and heresy. When this movement was younger, you heard a lot about this. It seemed like every day, there was a new book, article, podcast, blog post or sermon decrying the views of some emergent leader as heresy. These days, […]

What I’m Talking About Pt III

For the last couple of days, I’ve been talking about some aspects of the Christian faith in the post-modern world; notably progressive and emergence Christianity. Of the two, progressive Christianity seems easier to get a handle on, as the emergence end of the conversation is more fluid. Case in point, yesterday, I received an email […]