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Breaking Glass Steeples: The Role of Women in Church & Society

Breaking Glass Steeples: The Role of Women in Church & Society

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The amount of paper (or perhaps keystrokes) dedicated to the issue of the role of women in Church and society is incalculable. By now it seems like everything that can and should be said about the issue has been discussed, debated, and discussed some more. No doubt this begs the question, do we really need another article addressing this topic? Yes. Why? Because ...

Why I Decided To Re-Launch The Blog (2018)

Why I Decided To Re-Launch The Blog (2018)

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In September of 2016, I made the decision to take a sabbatical from writing. When I set out to start a blog it was intended to be a theological/philosophical platform to help the Church make the reforms necessary for effectively spreading the gospel of Jesus. What I had not anticipated was just how much the Church had strayed off message by ...

EITHER, A Letter of departure, OR Give a blogger a hug

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The last year or so have proven to take a huge toll on my heart and mind. Over the last five years I have seen our culture become increasingly disunified. In the same time span I have seen the church become more divided. And it doesn’t seem to be getting better anytime soon. My strength has withered and my perseverance seems to be at its end. Whether or not this will be my last article I do not know – only the lord does.

When Jesus sacrificed his life: a Memorial Day reflection

When Jesus sacrificed his life: a Memorial Day reflection

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Memorial Day is a time when we remember those who sacrificed their lives to protect our freedoms. But, as I reflect on those who have sacrificed for me, I can’t help but include Jesus. As I reflect on the life of Jesus I can’t help but recognize the war he was involved in. It was a war that feels all too ...

The Bible is NOT the Word of God (Part 3)

The Bible is NOT the Word of God (Part 3)

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Part One of this series Part Two of this series Sometimes I wonder if we really believe in the Holy Spirit. We certainly acknowledge the existence of the Holy Spirit in our creeds and confessions. We talk about the Holy Spirit in church and in theology classes. We even grant the Holy Spirit its own day – Pentecost Sunday. But still, sometimes ...

Why Progressive Christians should distance themselves from John Shelby Spong’s 12 Theses

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UPDATE (12/31/15): I would like to take a moment and thank those who provided me with “constructive” criticism related to the title of this article. I have changed the title to reflect the content of the article more accurately.    Although I dislike religious labels, if people ask, I refer to myself as a progressive Christian. When I use the word …

THEY STILL SPEAK: The Prophets of Our Generation

THEY STILL SPEAK: The Prophets of Our Generation

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I’m not into the whole “end times” theological debates. I figure when it happens, it will happen. My time is better served by ministering the gospel than calculating mysterious dates and parsing phrases that unlock secret codes. I’m also not what you would call “charismatic”. By that I mean I don’t speak in tongues or practice any of the “spirit-filled” gifts. ...

A Meditation: The Beauty of Being Holy

A Meditation: The Beauty of Being Holy

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I think many of us misunderstand the concept of holiness. Many of us think of holiness in terms of ethics; that is, we think holiness = perfection. In actuality, the call for us to “be holy” has nothing to do with our moral behavior per se. Instead, holiness means “to be set apart”. For example, in 1 Peter 1:16 we are ...

Sinners in the hands of an Angry God

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I mourn for Paris. I mourn for the Church. Just as the recent attacks in Paris provoke a deep mourning for France and many around the world, so too do they provoke within me a deep mourning for the Church. It seems that in today’s age of political evangelical Christianity when there is a humanitarian crisis (especially if it involves terrorism) …

Why many of us read the Bible incorrectly – even those who should know better

Why many of us read the Bible incorrectly – even those who should know better

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For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. We have all heard someone say “I interpret the Bible literally”. What many people mean by this is that they read the Bible propositionally. However, reading some ...