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This Week's Essay

Being True To Christ But Rejecting Christianity

A shift in my geographical location was the catalyst for a life-altering shift in my theological truth system. I was in Kenya, East Africa for 10 weeks in the summer of 2013 on a missions/educational trip when I began to ask myself about the introduction of Christianity to African people, most specifically black people in America as a result of slavery. This was the first time I had ever asked myself why do I believe what I say I believe.

This Week's Question

Would an all loving God lead us into temptation? If not, why does the Lord’s Prayer ask our Heavenly Father not to lead us into temptation?

Our Contributors

Contributors

Best selling authors, social leaders, and cutting edge innovators – our contributors bring diverse perspectives to the growing conversation around the idea of Progressive Christianity. Inspiring, insightful, and sometimes even challenging, these unique voices come from the pulpits, academies, and front lines around the world.

    • Diana Butler Bass

    • Speaker, theologian, and author of seven books on American Protestantism, progressive Christianity, and spirituality
    • Christena Cleveland

    • Social psychologist, public theologian, author, and speaker on race, reconciliation and conflict.
    • Michael Dowd

    • Evolutionary myth-maker, eco-theologian, and pro-future evangelist. Book: Thank God for Evolution
    • Cassandra Farrin

    • Poet, writer and editor of nonfiction books on the history of religion. US-UK Fulbright scholar.
    • Rev. David M. Felten

    • Edgy and humorous pastor, author, speaker, co-creator of Living the Questions, and co-founder of AFCT
    • Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox

    • Radical theologian, best selling author of 32 books, influential exponent of Creation Spirituality. Book: Order of the Sacred Earth
    • Jennifer Berit Listug

    • Order of the Sacred Earth, Wild Awakenings, speaker, leader, writer, wilderness lover
    • Rabbi Brian Mayer

    • Modern day Rabbi, author and speaker. Creator of Religion Outside the Box
    • Mike McHargue

    • Science Mike. Finding God in the Waves, The Liturgists Podcast. Science + Religion
    • Brian McLaren

    • Author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. Book: The Great Spiritual Migration.
    • Rev. Irene Monroe

    • NPR radio host, NEC News commentator, international religion columnist on LGBTQ, race, theology and politics
    • EbonyJanice Moore

    • Womanist, Scholar, Activist, Teacher, Author, Student, Artist, Preacher, Transformational Speaker, Content Creator, Healer
    • Fred Plumer

    • Radical theologian, retired UCC pastor, ProgressiveChristianity.org President. Authored: Drink from the Well.
    • Toni Reynolds

    • Union Theological Grad, recent discoveries + ancient world, liturgy, sermons and poems.
    • Rev. Brandan Robertson

    • Noted author, LGBTQ activist, speaker and pastor. Recent book: True Inclusion: Creating Communities of Radical Embrace
    • Rev. Mark Sandlin

    • Christian Left Co-Founder, highly published author, pastor.
    • Jennifer Berit Listug and Skylar Wilson

    • Order of the Sacred Earth, Wild Awakenings, speakers, authors, visionary leaders, wilderness lovers.
    • Joran Slane Oppelt

    • International speaker, author, interfaith minister, singer/songwriter. Founder of Integral Church.
    • Bishop John Shelby Spong

    • Best Selling author, world-renowned speaker and leader, inspiration and co-founder of Progressing Spirit
    • Rev. Matthew Syrdal

    • Pastor, Author, Wilderness guide. Lead guide of WilderSoul and Church of Lost Walls. Co-founder of Seminary of the Wild.
    • Kevin G. Thew Forrester, Ph.D.

    • Soulbody Spirituality. Interfaith Explorer. Author. Teacher. Enneagram. Episcopal Priest.
    • Deshna Ubeda

    • Author, Speaker, Visionary, Interfaith Minister and Chaplain, Ritualist
    • Lauren Van Ham

    • Eco-Minister, Dean of Chaplaincy Institute, Interfaith Chaplain, author, speaker, Spiritual Director
    • Rev. Gretta Vosper

    • Atheist Pastor, best selling author, poet, radical theologian
    • Skylar Wilson

    • Founder of Wild Awakenings, rites of passage journey leaders, author, visionary, leader.
    • Rev. Roger Wolsey

    • Author of Kissing Fish, Pastor, social justice activist
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