Timeless Womb

Column by Kevin G. Thew Forrester, Ph.D. on April, 11 2024

Scholars have debated for decades whether Jesus referred to himself as “the son of God.” I agree with those who conclude no. Jesus, as Walter Wink demonstrates, most likely understood and spoke of himself in the tradition of the prophet Ezekiel, as “the son of man,” or “the human one”.

Evangelicals Support of Trump Renders Christianity Unrecognizable

Column by Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Frantz on April, 4 2024

Who is Donald Trump?  As our nation prepares for another contentious presidential election seven months from now, the cult and menace of Donald Trump continue to loom large on the horizon.  It would be hard to imagine a more dishonest, corrupt, and unfit candidate for President of the United States. 

Spending Words

Column by Rev. Gretta Vosper on March, 28 2024

I doubt anyone who reads Progressing Spirit believes there is a supernatural god called God who hands out parcels of land to this people or that. Yet many continue to use the word “god” to name something they believe in, which is not a supernatural being who hands out parcels of land to this people or that.

Holy Week

Column by Dr. Carl Krieg on March, 21 2024

The chronology of the week is where the difficulty originates. Most Christians believe that first Jesus was crucified, and then he rose from the dead. The reality is that first came the resurrection and then the crucifixion.  This is crucial.  

Choosing the Kin-dom: Benefits of Relinquishment

Column by Rev. Lauren Van Ham on March, 14 2024

A dominant message, at least in Western media, is that we deserve better and we will get there.  For the profanely privileged or perpetually oppressed, modernity and capitalism peddle fixes for all, if we just vote right. 

Waking Up in a Shaking Up

Column by Brian McLaren on March, 7 2024

When I studied the resurgence of life after the world’s five previous extinction events — the Ordovician-silurian, Devonian, Permian-triassic, Triassic-jurassic, and Cretaceous-tertiary — I felt like I was witnessing an Easter-morning resurrection.

Now Is the Time

Column by Rev. Dr. Mark Sandlin on February, 29 2024

“The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.” If you did not know already, it will not surprise you to know that quote is from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
 

Like LGBTQ+ couples was W. E. B. Dubois a romantic at heart?

Column by Rev. Irene Monroe on February, 22 2024

This Valentine’s Day, I pay homage to W. E. B. Du Bois’s 1924 novel “Dark Princess” because it highlights the least talked about subject then and now: Black love.

Zombie Apocalypse and A Call to Authentic Christianity

Column by Rev. Roger Wolsey on February, 8 2024

A prominent theme of U.S. American pop culture over the past decade has been fascination with a “zombie apocalypse.”