Greater than Jesus

I have been thinking a lot lately about why I call myself a progressive Christian. It could be that I’m getting close to ordination in a progressive denomination, or that I’ve spent the past two years hosting a “post-evangelical” podcast, or maybe it’s this election and the distance that I feel from the conservative church I once called home, a distance I feel sharply whenever I scroll through a Facebook news feed.

At any rate, I’m thinking and so I’m writing.
(and, secretly, I probably hope to close the growing distance a little)

I’m progressive because Jesus said his followers would be.

Not in those terms, of course, but clearly.

In the Gospel of John, Jesus is depicted comforting his disciples in preparation for his departure “to the Father.” He promises not to leave them orphans, commands them to trust in the miracles he did whenever they doubt his words and, with a hand under their chins (as I imagine it), he lifts their heads and says,

“Verily truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these because I am going to the Father” [John 14:12]. Read more “Greater than Jesus”

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Why We Love The Rapture

I know you all want answers, and believe me, so do I.

– Captain Rayford Steele, Left Behind 2014.

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I was a child of the late 90’s and an evangelical Christian so, naturally, I read the wildly popular Left Behind novels (and I loved them). Even though I eventually moved on from the unique theology that made them possible, I never quite let go of the feelings they afforded me.

That might be the reason I was fairly disappointed this weekend when I discovered that the newest Left Behind movie is hardly better than the one starring Kirk Cameron back in 2000. Read more “Why We Love The Rapture”

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Vatican Discovers Pope Is Actually An “Everyday Variety Christian” Posing As Church Leader

The story has all the elements of a Dan Brown novel:  secret meetings, falsified information, and a magisterial cover-up  sure to shock faithful people around the globe.

It all started when Nathan Paduka, a mid-level Vatican Aide II, questioned the installment of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis back in March 2013 and was met with a semi-official gag order.

“At first nobody listened to me when I tried to warn them that Cardinal Bergoglio wasn’t really qualified for the papacy,” Paduka said, “but they’re sure listening now.” Read more “Vatican Discovers Pope Is Actually An “Everyday Variety Christian” Posing As Church Leader”

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Government Shuts Down, Church Realizes God Isn’t American

The nation’s press erupted on Tuesday in the aftermath of a U.S. government shutdown. Commentary on possible ramifications quickly surfaced and speculation about everything from the future of the economy to the fate of the beloved San Diego Zoo Panda Cam filled the air.

Many feared the loss of benefits for veterans and the inevitable boredom following a temporary closure of national parks.

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The unfolding crisis, however, seemed to hit one community harder than any other: Church on the Sovereign Rock in Kern County, California. Read more “Government Shuts Down, Church Realizes God Isn’t American”

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Christians Abandon The Gospel Coalition In Droves After Positive Breaking Bad Review, Citing Show’s Brief Nudity As “Unwholesome”

The Gospel Coalition, a once-bastion of all things conservative and Evangelical, is facing an image problem.  

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It all started when TGC published an article entitled “Badly Broken”, in which Chris McNerney and Daniel Lee review AMC’s show Breaking Bad. They offer a spiritual analyses of the show’s main character, Walter White, and his devolution from high school chemistry teacher to ruthless meth lord. Read more “Christians Abandon The Gospel Coalition In Droves After Positive Breaking Bad Review, Citing Show’s Brief Nudity As “Unwholesome””

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5 “Reasons” Why Atheism Should Be Illegal Instead of Gay Marriage

Our culture has accepted two huge lies: The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear them or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.

-Rick Warren

And GOD Spake

1. It is a sin. “For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin” (Romans 14:23).  We cannot vote to uphold sin in another person’s life, even for the sake of getting along.  We need to do what is best for them.

2. It’s natural to believe in God[s]. Just look at the praying mantis… or Justin Bieber fans. Read more “5 “Reasons” Why Atheism Should Be Illegal Instead of Gay Marriage”

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