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Honest Prayer, Part 1 — John Shelby Spong

Uploaded on Sep 22, 2008

Living the Questions
Bishop Spong shares an early experience in ministry that helped redefine his understanding of the practice of prayer.


Honest Prayer, Part 2 — John Shelby Spong

Uploaded on Sep 22, 2008

Living the Questions

Bishop Spong shares an early experience in ministry that helped redefine his understanding of the practice of prayer.


Burke Lecture: John Shelby Spong

Uploaded on Jan 31, 2008
A pre-eminent voice for liberal Christianity, John Shelby Spong was the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark for 24 years before his retirement in 2000. His admirers acclaim his making contemporary theology accessible to the ordinary lay person—he’s considered a champion of an inclusive faith by many both inside and outside the Christian church. His challenges to the church have also made him a target of hostility, fear, and death threats. Calling himself “a joyful, passionate, convinced believer in the reality of God,” he seeks not to create a new religion, but to reform the church he loves. Series: “Burke Lectureship on Religion & Society” [1/2005] [Humanities] [Show ID: 9117]


Controversial retired bishop John Spong on religion

Uploaded on Dec 2, 2010

Controversial retired American bishop John Spong on his latest book “Jesus for the Non Religious”.


Bishop Spong 2003 – PART1

Uploaded on Aug 16, 2009

Greetings and welcome from MCC Sydney, in this 4 part talk by Very Rev. BISHOP (Retired) John Shelby Spong, as he talks about “Homosexuality, The Bible & the Church”. We had some problems while converting this old tape to DVD, then onto MPeg4, with Audio Sink. But its very clear, and a vital message for all.

Produced by Shane Andersen for the MCC Sydney Video Ministry, we know you’ll be encouraged in the knowledge that God loves you AS YOU ARE. He created you AS YOU ARE.


Bishop John Spong on the bible as a source of truth

Published on Sep 19, 2011
Bishop John Spong’s provocative book is “The Sins of Scripture.” In it, Bishop Spong deplores the way the bible has been used to justify most of the world’s evils; from gender inequality, homosexuality and child abuse, to capital punishment, the environment, and birth control. In the interview, he discusses the rise of muslim fundamentalism and laments that congregations at mainstream churches are in freefall. (Originally aired May 2005)


Bishop John Spong On Interpreting The Gospels

Published on Feb 24, 2012
Controversial Bishop John Spong has written another book, “Liberating The Gospels”, the sub-title of which is “Reading The Bible With Jewish Eyes”. In it, he says that because the Gospels were written by Jews in a midrashic style, the stories should not be taken as literal narratives but rather as portraits to capture the impact of Jesus. (Originally aired February 1997)


John Shelby Spong – The New Testament: An Evolving Story

Published on Jul 9, 2012
“The Bible was written to interpret the power of Jesus, not to describe the events of his life,” according to Bishop John Shelby Spong. In this lecture, an examination of the New Testament, Spong calls into question the virgin birth of Jesus Christ, which is only present in two of the four Gospels. Spong breaks down the details of biblical events and argues for a symbolic, figurative approach to Scripture, not a fundamentalist one.

Read Mary Desmond’s recap for The Chautauquan Daily here: http://chqny.in/QtKIOj.

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