Am I Still A Christian?

Over the years, I’ve had people ask me, “How can you call yourself a Christian with some of the things you believe?” It’s a fair question, seeing as I don’t put much stock in a lot of orthodox beliefs anymore. The short (smartass) answer comes in two parts: 1) I’m a progressive Christian, which means I’m […]

Did it Really Happen That Way?

So much that gets said about Easter seems to focus on death, sacrifice and punishment. I swear, 364 days of the year, all I hear about is how Jesus “died for my sins”. Easter Sunday is, of couse, the 365th day. Then,  my social media feed blows up with pictures of an empty tomb that have “He is […]

Holly Was a Hoodrat

Right now, one of my favorite songs is How a Resurrection Really Feels from The Hold Steady’s amazing Separation Sunday album. Today’s title is the first line of that song’s chorus and it was that line that caught my attention. I know a couple of Holly’s and they are so not hood rats. It was the rest of the song, […]

Do You Want to be Right?

Or do you want to be happy? Much as I hate quoting Dr. Phil, I think it might apply in last week’s dust-up involving Tony Jones and Marcus Borg over the character of the  Resurrection. To be fair, it wasn’t as much between Jones and Borg as it was all the people who read the various blog […]

What it Means

Today is Good Friday. According to Christian belief and tradition, it’s when Jesus was arrested, tried and crucified. It is a day when fundamental and evangelical Christians prepare for Easter Sunday secure in the knowledge that this act paid for their ticket to Heaven. Not so progressive Christians. Well, this progressive Christian; I probably shouldn’t […]

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 […]