What I’ve Learned In 55 Years

In the days surrounding my birthday, I usually write something about questions I might have or make smart-ass comments about aging. This year, I decided to something a little different. In honor of turning 55, I want to share some of my accumulated wisdom with you folks. Don’t worry, it won’t take long. In my 55 years on this Earth, […]

I Have Faith In My Certainty

So, a friend recently shared an older entry from Hemant Mehta’s “Friendly Atheist” blog about one of Kirk Cameron’s films. This one, “Unstoppable“, is Kirk’s attempt to explain why God allows evil to exist, i.e. theodicy. Of course, the film’s Facebook page didn’t put it that way, saying that, “Unstoppable creatively asks—and answers (italics mine)—the age-old question: Where […]

We All Need To Be Saved From Something

Depending on who you talk to, salvation can be a touchy subject. For a conservative evangelical or a fundamentalist, salvation is about belief; i. e. to be saved, one must believe in Jesus. To a progressive, however, salvation is as much about what you do as it is what you believe. You can probably guess […]

The Importance of Belief

Yesterday, I asked if the existence of Jesus mattered when it came to his message. Several of you responded, saying yes, he was a real, live person. That wasn’t the point the of the article and it got under my skin a little. One of the hazards of expressing your thoughts is that, from time to […]

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 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 […]

I Am A Snob

I have yet another confession to make: I’m a coffee snob. Yes, I’m one of those people who consider drinking Maxwell House beneath them. Okay, maybe it’s not beneath me,  but it is really bad coffee. I don’t have to drink the most expensive coffee in the world, which is Kopi Luwak (I don’t care how […]