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21 September 2017: Dogma and the Perpetuating of a Dead God

      By Rev. Mark Sandlin   In 1966 the cover of TIME magazine asked the jarring question, “Is God Dead?” It was the first time TIME used only text on it’s cover and the impact only added to the striking question. “Is God Dead?” Three simple words that for a brief time created …

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Q & A:

“I recently received one of those emails with the sensational subject line: “ALL OF A SUDDEN MESSAGE FROM A CONCERNED CITIZEN.” It started out with the question, "Has everyone lost their ability to see what is happening in the USA?” Then it lists nearly 20 “All of a Suddens” where Muslims are allegedly doing X, Y, or Z to undermine the American way of life. Each “fact” is presented with no attribution or source reference. Some of them are obviously made-up, but others seem like they could be possible. I’m including a couple of them to see if you have any suggestions for a response.”

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14 September 2017: A New Template for Religion: A Conversation with Michael Morwood, Part 2

        By Rev.David Felten   What follows in interview form is the second of three columns inspired by a presentation Michael Morwood offered at the Common Dreams Conference in Brisbane, Queensland, in 2016. In this installment, Morwood offers a new perspective on revelation, a re-visioning of who Jesus was, and continues with …

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Q & A:

Are there parts of the Old Testament that are said to be relevant today and why?

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7 September 2017: Where the Rubber Hits the Road

          By Rev. Roger Wolsey   Progressive Christianity intentionally seeks to evolve and adapt with the times so that the faith can continue to be sensible, relevant, and meaningful in the lives of people. As part of this, we tend to believe that Christianity isn’t the “best,” “only,” “right,” and/or “true,” …

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Q & A:

If you were the moderator of the United Church of Canada with no restrictions... what would the church look like? What do you see as the perfect/ideal United Church of Canada?

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31 August 2017: If it weren’t for you …

        By Rev. Gretta Vosper     Much of the work I have been privileged to do over the past thirteen years has been the result of a conversation I had one day with the late Reverend Jim Adams, founder of The Center for Progressive Christianity (now called ProgressiveChristianity.org). If it weren’t …

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Q & A:

I am interested in spirituality but not in religion but isn’t spirituality the same as religion?

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24 August 2017: Some Thoughts on Priesthood in Our Post-modern Times

      By Rev. Matthew Fox This week my brother and sister-in-law are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. I was reminded that I was ordained a priest the year they were married and that indeed I performed their wedding (my very first). So maybe it is time to offer a few reflections on the …

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Q & A:

Buddhists tend to think of God as a manifestation of creation; Christians think of God as separate from creation. Do you understand that distinction?

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17 August 2017: A New Poem, an Invitation, & Thoughts on Religion and the Arts

        By Cassandra Farrin The Poem: Autopsy of a Stillbirth In their hearts the living book of the living was revealed. … This book was impossible to take because it was placed there for the one to take it to be killed. —Gospel of Truth 6:1, 3 Her body, lost for thirty-seven …

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Q & A:

A friend recently suggested that Christianity arguably emphasizes forgiveness more than other major religions, the reason being that Jesus, viewed as illegitimate by his community, was mocked and taunted as a young man. Perhaps Mary was as well.

Being on the wrong end of discrimination, he was led to cultivate an attitude of forgiveness towards those who attacked him. Any thoughts on this idea?

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10 August 2017: How a Strip Club King Accelerated My Progressive Christianity

      By Eric Alexander   In 2011 I was President of the Wesley Foundation at the University of South Florida. For those who aren’t familiar with the Wesley Foundation, it’s the United Methodist sponsored campus ministry with a presence at most major universities. During my tenure there we had a wild idea to …

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Q & A:

How do we know we have a soul? I see only three mentions in the Bible and they aren't definitive.

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3 August 2017: The End of Progressive Christianity?

      By Fred C. Plumer   As the President of Progressivechristianity.org, and as an occasional writer for this publication, I receive a lot of email from readers. Most of it is helpful. Some of it I admit is not fun to read. Two weeks ago I received a rather rude note from someone …

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Q & A:

I have friends who seem to think believing that Jesus died for them is all they need to do. Some of them even treat other people badly and when I say something to them about being more Christian they just quote John 3:16 to me. What are your thoughts?

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27 July 2017: Why I’m So Political

      By Rev. Mark Sandlin   It surprises me just a little bit how frequently I get asked about my very visible participation in politics. The truth is while some might assume that as a minister I probably start my day off with prayer and/or a devotion, I start my day with about …

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Q & A:

My grandchildren have started attending a conservative private school because of the large sizes of the classes in the public schools. Their parents have recently become concerned because of the introduction of the Devil in the curriculum of that school at the first and third grade levels where our grandchildren are students. Their questions are: "When did the concept of the Devil get introduced into the pre-Christian world? How is the Devil to be interpreted in several Bible stories? Why did the culture at that time accept the image of the Devil? Why do conservatives today not get beyond the personal Devil image? How can evil be explained without using the idea of a real Devil?

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20 July 2017: What does it mean to speak of God’s reign?

      By Kevin G. Thew Forrester, Ph.D.   One of the most characteristic features of Rabbi Jesus’ teaching is his experience of the reign of God as present here and now. This manifestation of God’s reign is not a reality to be feared, but as we hear in the synoptic gospels, is to …

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Q & A:

How is it that liberal-minded people who claim that they are open to allowing people to believe what they want and live the way that they want attack people like me who stand on the Bible? That's real tolerant now isn't it?

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