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For those seeking to experience Christianity in a new and vibrant way, Bishop John Shelby Spong offers fresh spiritual ideas. Over the past four decades, he has become one of the definitive voices for progressive Christianity. As a member of Bishop Spong’s online community, you’ll receive insightful weekly essays, access to all of the essay archives, access to message boards which will connect you with other believers in exile, and answers to your questions from Bishop Spong himself!

**Now Available in Paperback! The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic




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20 November 2014: The School of Theology at Drew University Installs Javier Viera as its New Dean

From time to time, I have an experience inside organized Christianity that is filled with such excitement that it creates in me the hope that there might be a genuine future for the Christian faith. Most frequently this experience takes the form of hearing that someone with some authority within institutional Christianity actually sees, actually …

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13 November 2014: On Visiting a Nazi Concentration Camp

In early October of this year, Christine and I had the opportunity to visit a concentration camp at a place called Theresienstadt in what is now the Czech Republic. This camp, known as Terezin, was run during World War II by the Prague Gestapo. Terezin was not normally the final destination of the Jews sent …

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6 November 2014: Part XXXIV Matthew – The Transfiguration of Jesus, Part III

A Dedication-Hanukkah Story How many of you have ever connected the story of Jesus’ transfiguration with the Jewish celebration of Dedication/Hanukkah? We may well have imagined it as almost anything but that. Some New Testament scholars have suggested that the transfiguration story was a “misplaced” resurrection narrative. They cite as evidence for this conclusion that …

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22 August 2014: The Fourth Gospel in Paper Now Available for Pre-Order

Rescuing John’s Gospel from Its Creedal Captivity John Shelby Spong, bestselling author and popular proponent of a modern, scholarly and authentic Christianity, argues that this last gospel to be written was misinterpreted by the framers of the fourth-century creeds to be a literal account of the life of Jesus when in fact it is a …

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4 September 2013: We’ve Moved: New Office Phone Number

IMPORTANT! We have moved offices and have a new support phone number!Please contact the Bishop Spong support at: 253-507-8678 We look forward to speaking with you! As always, you can also email us at: support@johnshelbyspong.com. Visit our Contact Us Page for more helpful links!  

12 June 2013: The Latest Book from John Shelby Spong Is Now Available!

The Latest Book from John Shelby Spong Is Now Available! Order The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic Today!         In The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic, John Shelby Spong  argues that this last gospel was misinterpreted by the framers of the fourth-century creeds to be a literal account of the life …

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