Charting a New Reformation, Part XXVII – The Eighth Thesis, The Ascension of Jesus (continued)

Column by Bishop John Shelby Spong on July, 7 2016

The gospels of Mark and Matthew were composed while the Christian movement was still part of the synagogue. The gospel of Luke may well have been written after the …

Charting a New Reformation, Part XXVI – The Eighth Thesis, The Ascension of Jesus

Column by Bishop John Shelby Spong on June, 30 2016

“The Biblical story of Jesus’ ascension assumes a three-tiered universe, which was dismissed in intellectual circles some 500 years ago. If Jesus’ ascension must be regarded as a literal …

Charting a New Reformation, Part XXIII – The Seventh Thesis, The Resurrection

Column by Bishop John Shelby Spong on May, 26 2016

“The Easter event gave birth to the Christian Movement and continues to transform it. That does not mean, however, that Easter was the resuscitation of Jesus’ deceased body …

Charting a New Reformation, Part XX – The Fifth Thesis, Miracles (concluded)

Column by Bishop John Shelby Spong on May, 5 2016

The nature miracles attributed to Jesus in the gospel tradition were not supernatural events that marked his life as divine. They were rather Moses stories interpretively wrapped around Jesus …

Charting A New Reformation, Part XVIII – The Fifth Thesis, Miracles (continued)

Column by Bishop John Shelby Spong on April, 21 2016

Following the Exodus, Moses’ miraculous power was never again so powerfully displayed in the biblical story, but it did not disappear. In a battle against the Amalekites (Exod. 17:8-14) …

Charting A New Reformation, Part XVII – The Fifth Thesis

Column by Bishop John Shelby Spong on April, 14 2016

“The Miracles Stories of the Old Testament can no longer be interpreted in a post-Newtonian world as supernatural events performed by an Incarnate Deity.”

I wonder how …

Re-Creating Easter VIII: Conclusion – Easter Dawns

Column by Bishop John Shelby Spong on November, 12 2015

Something happened! Lives were changed. God was redefined. Liturgies were reshaped. New holy days were born. Whatever Easter was, it constituted a transformative moment. It is easy to understand, …

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