Is It Possible?

I began blogging a little over four years ago, after my first bout with cancer and a heart issue caused by the chemotherapy. I mention that because it’s sort of thing makes you take stock of your life and I did. It was then that I began to realize my long-held conservative values  were at odds […]

How Firm a Foundation?

I have a need for routine. Due to a nice dollop of Attention Deficit Disorder, if I don’t follow at least a few, nothing gets done. Unfortunately my ADD is accompanied by a soupçon of Obsessive Compulsive disorder, which can make finding a balance a little challenging. While my love of routine rarely lasts all day, […]

Is Emergence a Clique?

One of the biggest criticisms conservative evangelicals have of emergence Christianity is that for all it’s proclaimed tolerance, they don’t feel welcome. Now, it can be said with no little bit of credibility that, while they are welcome, a lot of what they say is not. But, their criticisms have some merit, too. Because, sometimes, emergent circles […]

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 […]

What Am I Talking About Pt. II

In “A Changed Man” I said I wanted to make “this new/old way of looking at Christianity accessible to those that are struggling with “cognitive dissonance” so that they don’t have to go through all the crap I did to get here.” So, what am I talking about? Basically, progressive Christianity, the emerging church and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Is the Spirit Moving?

This past Friday and Saturday[ref]Jan. 11-12 2013[/ref], I attended Emergence Christianity:A National Gathering with Phyllis Tickle and Friends in Memphis TN. For those unfamiliar with Ms Phyllis, she is an author, “recovering academic” (her words) and founding religion editor for Publishers Weekly. She has also written several books about emergence Christianity, most notably “The Great Emergence” […]