The Birth and Death of the Church in the First Century – Part 1

Column by Dr. Carl Krieg on November, 10 2022

The history of the church in the first century is both well-hidden and well-studied, and no narrative is guaranteed to be true. The period demands our attention because what really happened then is absolutely crucial to our understanding of both Jesus and the subsequent 2000-plus years of those who would follow him.

When The Storm Hits

Column by Rev. Deshna Charron Shine on September, 15 2022

I realized I was suffering, creating my own internal storm because of what I feared would come to be, or more accurately, how I would feel when this possibility came to be. It felt like the storm was all around me but really it was within me.

“OK, Guru-boy. If There’s No Original Sin and Hell, Why Be a Christian?”

Column by Rev. David M. Felten on September, 1 2022

Earlier this summer, I was called out as a heretic and accused of “sitting on Satan’s lap” courtesy of the Institute for Religion and Democracy (the fundamentalist think tank behind the schisms of many of our mainline denominations).

Preaching a Partisan Gospel

Column by Rev. Dr. Robin Meyers on August, 25 2022

I very much appreciated Brian McLaren’s recent column, Thanks Presiding Bishop Curry, and his thoughtful exploration of the bishop’s advice to find a voice that is non-partisan, and why this is easier said than done. 

When Progressive Christianity Runs Wet

Column by Rev. Jim Burklo on July, 21 2022

Now, more than ever, is the time to express our faith forthrightly, publicly, and invitationally.

Jesus – Queer Theology Incarnate

Column by Rev. Dr. Mark Sandlin on June, 9 2022

In his book “Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology”. The Rev. Dr. Patrick Cheng says, “God is the very manifestation of a love that is so extreme that it dissolves existing boundaries.” So, it seems to me, living a life that dismantles existing boundaries is the very definition of being in relationship with God.

What the Disciples Believed About The Resurrection of Jesus

Column by Dr. Carl Krieg on May, 12 2022

We don’t know when Jesus was born, but we do know when he died. His birth was linked to existing pagan festivals celebrating the winter solstice, but his death can be dated relatively specifically, and occurred during the Passover Festival, Jerusalem, early April in year 30.

Be Opened: A Post-Easter Reflection

Column by Rev. Matthew Syrdal on May, 5 2022

I walked out of our church in ritual silence with the procession at twilight and was met—stunned—by the radiant face of the nearly full moon. I started to weep. Especially tired this particular Maundy Thursday, I was hit by the welling up of unprocessed emotion from a particularly hard year.

“Move Over Genesis”

Column by Rev. David M. Felten on March, 31 2022

As if we don’t already have enough problems in this country, the last few years have seen us slipping closer and closer to becoming a “post-truth society.” Facts just don’t seem to matter anymore.