The Almost Christian Discovered

The Almost Christian Discovered

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This message was delivered to the fine folks at Papio Creek Church on Sunday May 31st 2015. Description This messages consists of two parts. PART ONE: What does it mean to call oneself a "Christian" in today's culture. We have been told by our predecessors a version of Christianity that is untrue. We have taken this untrue story to the nations under the ...

Real or Unreal: Why Conservative Christianity Fears Progressive Christianity

Real or Unreal: Why Conservative Christianity Fears Progressive Christianity

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For the next month, a consortium of Christian churches in the town of Fountain Hills, Arizona is hosting a series of seminars called “Progressive Christianity: Fact or Fiction”. The series is aimed at providing a buffer against questions that have arisen surrounding a progressive church in the area. The debate between progressive and conservative Christianity is not new. Most of the ...

Christians, Death, And Embracing Grief

Christians, Death, And Embracing Grief

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When a loved one dies, we suffer at the deepest emotional level. The shock of our loved one no longer being present with us reminds us of our own mortality. When we grieve we do not grieve for our loved one - we grieve for ourselves. We grieve because we are reminded of how short life is; how fragile our ...

Racism and the Church

Racism and the Church

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A short post today. This is heavy on my heart... Imagine if the Church was just as passionate; just as vocal about opposing racism as it was opposing homosexuality! When will we get our priorities in order? When will we start standing up for those who need us just as Christ would? I believe the Church can be great. I believe the church can still ...

Either, how many Christians misunderstand sin; OR, loving like a Pharisee

Either, how many Christians misunderstand sin; OR, loving like a Pharisee

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I suppose it shouldn't surprise me anymore, but it still does. I recently came across an article talking about how the song “Girl Crush” by Little Big Town has been banned by many country radio stations around the country. As the argument goes, the song promotes the “gay agenda”. Of course anyone who actually listens to the song knows this ...

Reflections On The Cross: An Easter Meditation

Reflections On The Cross: An Easter Meditation

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Only writers and thinkers can appreciate the neurotic tendencies they have to write down ideas. I have notebooks stationed everywhere and usually carry a small journal with me as well. I, like other writers and thinkers, are prone to waking up in the middle of the night and having an uncontrollable need to write a thought down. It’s a little ...

EITHER, Christ (in) Culture; OR, Some Follow Paul

EITHER, Christ (in) Culture; OR, Some Follow Paul

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Perhaps it was the obtrusive cross necklace that I received attending my last DC Talk concert, which hung precariously from my neck. Or, maybe, it was the multicolored WWJD bracelet I proudly displayed upon my wrist. If you were a Christian teen in the 90’s much of your identity was formulated through the accoutrements you possessed. I mean how else ...

Liberal Fundamentalism: why I am leaving the emerging church conversation

Liberal Fundamentalism: why I am leaving the emerging church conversation

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To my liberal friends I am a conservative. To my conservative friends I am a liberal. Thus is the plight of one who finds himself in the proverbial middle. Why the middle? Because often it seems that what is true or real lies between the antithetical extremes. The middle is hard to maintain. Both sides are always seducing you in their ...

Marcus Borg: A Tribute To Theological Integrity

Marcus Borg: A Tribute To Theological Integrity

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Perhaps not since the reformation has the church been as divided against itself as it is today. Christians like to label things: republican or democrat, conservative or liberal, Calvinist or Arminian, modern or postmodern; the list is lengthy. Theological scholarship is not much different. To many of these people Marcus Borg was an iconoclastic progressive liberal. Then there is a large ...

Becoming UNenlightened

Becoming UNenlightened

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My birthday This October I celebrated my 20th anniversary of being a Christian. Well…to be honest, I didn’t really celebrate – there was no cake, decorations, princesses, or a donkey-horse hanging precariously from a tree branch. It was more like, changing diapers, chasing children, and pretending to be a donkey-horse for my five year old. So…I guess in that sense there ...