Honest To God

Column by Rev. Dr. Robin Meyers on May, 9 2024

When pastors retire after a lifetime of service to the church, they often preach a last sermon unfettered by concerns for continued employment.  It is the sermon “they always wanted to preach” but were afraid to, lest some big contributor take her money and leave the building.  Clergy are, by and large, not a particularly courageous lot.

Progressive Christian Visibility Day

Column by Rev. Jim Burklo on April, 25 2024

That great defender of the faith, Don Trump, responding in faux outrage to the fact that Trans Visibility Day happened to coincide with Easter this year, declared that Election Day 2024 should be “Christian Visibility Day.” As if Christians have a visibility problem in America today.

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”.

Now’s the Time to Defend Science Against Fundamentalism

Column by Rev. David M. Felten on February, 1 2024

What better time than February 12th and Charles Darwin’s birthday (by rights, one of the most important days on your Liturgical Calendar) to turn our thoughts once again to the critical role Progressive Christians have as a defense against those who think subverting science somehow promotes their religion.

An Eye For An Eye?

Column by Rev. Dr. Robin Meyers on January, 18 2024

If progressive Christians pride themselves on radical truth-telling, then our time has come, and it will be dangerous. .. what will happen to those of us who have long-held unpopular and unorthodox religious beliefs?

My Easter/Christmas Scripture Conundrum

Column by Rev. Dr. Mark Sandlin on November, 9 2023

In the majority of Christian churches every Easter and frequently around Christmas, we hear scripture reading proclaiming, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness – on them, light has shined,” and I have to say, it really bothers me.

Where do progressive faith leaders go from here?

Column by Rev. Irene Monroe on October, 12 2023

While many political operatives are trying to inch away from Trump, his everlasting white Evangelical base- churchgoers and voters- loves him, comprising approximately 60 percent of the Republican presidential primary electorate.

No Wonder People Hate Religion

Column by Rev. Dr. Robin Meyers on October, 5 2023

I have spent my life working on the inside of organized religion, even though my love/hate relationship with most God-talkers makes me an outsider.

The Middle Ages, the Enlightenment, and Dialectical Mystery

Column by Dr. Carl Krieg on September, 14 2023

The transition from a Medieval to an Enlightenment way of thinking does not come easily. When I was a kid in the Norwegian American Lutheran Church, a bigger-than-life portrait of Jesus praying in Gethsemane was stationed over the altar, a Sunday reminder that his all-important death, soon to come, was our salvation. Jesus loved us, this we knew because the Bible told us so. And the Bible did not lie.