Love Wins

Since I began to embrace a more progressive view of Christianity, there are times when I wish I was a devoutly conservative evangelical; a fundamentalist, even. The more I read and learn about the faith and the  man I’ve chosen to follow, the more questions I have. Some of those questions can be…, uncomfortable. And, […]

Many or All?

For the past few months, the concept of universalism has been on my mind. I’ve been involved in several conversations (both on-line and in real-time) about the subject and even heard a couple of sermons that either brushed up against it or, in one case, fully engaged it. These encounters run the gamut from strongly […]

Who Needs Blood?

In Wednesday’s entry, I said I would try to show you some different ways of looking at the things surrounding Holy Week. One of those is the idea that Jesus had to die a gruesome and bloody death so we could be forgiven for our sins, aka penal substitutionary atonement. It seems an appropriate topic […]

God is Love

I didn’t really have time to write anything today, due to some medical stuff (nothing serious, just follow-up for previous issues), so, I’m cheating. This is basically a repost of something I wrote several months ago in response to a blog challenge from Tony Jones. In it, he asked bloggers to write something substantive about […]

Why a Crucifixion?

Today, I’m participating in one of Tony Jones‘ #progGOD challenges. The question for this round is “Why a Crucifixion?” But, as you, my readers, are intellgent, thoughtful people, you probably figured that out from the title (hey, a little gratuitous sucking up never hurt anyone). Now, there are plenty of people who will tell you […]

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 […]

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 […]

Who Needs Blood?

via YouTube   I love Bart Campolo. I’ve seen him speak several times and he never fails to make me think. He’s also controversial, as you can see from this video. Not only does he reject penal substitutionary atonement, he’s also a universalist; saying God is compassionate enough to seek the rescue of every one […]

Something Substantive About God

A couple of days ago, Tony Jones challenged progressive theo-bloggers (his word, not mine) to write about God. His reasoning: progressives have problems talking about God. Now, my name wasn’t included in the august company he specifically named off, like Fred Clark (Slacktivist), Rachel Held Evans (Evolving in Monkey Town), but he did say “all of you I haven’t […]