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"How it Works"

(This also appeared in the Faith column of the Sentinel-News in Shelbyville, KY on August 19, 2016)

“We admitted we were powerless over our addiction – that our lives had become unmanageable.” … 1,126 more words

Emerging Church

Feast Day of St. Mary of Magdala: the Apostle to the Apostles


To commemorate this festival day, I repost this not-so-long-ago encounter with a visiting New Testament scholar to entice you to follow Mary out of her tomb and beyond the streets to her place at the head of the fledgling community that became the church:  2,302 more words

Progressive Christianity

The Steadfast LOVE that GOD IS: a sermon for Hosea 11:1-11

Here’s a sermon I preached a few years ago on this Sunday’s reading from the Book of the Prophet Hosea. Just as the people of Israel’s images of God changed over time, my own images of the Divine have changed since I preached this sermon. 2,771 more words

Progressive Christianity

Preaching on Hosea

The next few Sundays will include readings from the Book of the Prophet Hosea. To say that this is a strange little book is an understatement. 53 more words

Progressive Theology

The Other Side

In the spring of 2005 a prominent pastor in the Emerging Church movement decided to resign from his position in Baltimore to focus on writing and leadership responsibilities within the burgeoning group of churches, pastors and young Christians who were exploring what faith will look like in the new world influenced by postmodern thought. 1,545 more words


Sermons and Songs aren't enough

Several years ago there was a phase going around Evangelical circles called ‘The emerging church’. The thing that stood out to me about its adherents was (and this is a massive generalisation) they weren’t that big on going to Church on a Sunday and being a part of the audience. 1,299 more words


A day in the life

Bob James

It is a Saturday night in November at the home of the Rev. Dan Oaks and his wife Sarah.  Having gotten their kids off to bed, they sit in front of the fire with a glass of wine. 677 more words