Bishop Spong and My Painting

Column by Fred Plumer on October, 20 2016

I am really not comfortable writing this article. There is a sense I am writing an obituary and nothing could be further from the truth. Bishop Spong is a beloved friend and he is apparently doing well in his recovery. I suppose I am a little nervous knowing that he will be reading what I write and we already have a history about this. For those who do not know, I am the President of and we have been publishing Bishop Spong’s weekly articles for over six years now. About a two years ago I had dropped him a line indicating that his contract was running out and wondered what his plans were. Be assured, I wanted him to extend the contract but we needed to know. I do not remember exactly what I wrote but I may have written something like, “Jack, I know you are approaching your 85th birthday, but thought we should get this cleared up.”

Part XLV Matthew – Judas Iscariot Person or Myth? Part II

Column by Bishop John Shelby Spong on March, 26 2015

There are at least three traitor stories in the Hebrew Scriptures. They were all well known to Jewish readers of those scriptures. They would not, however, have been familiar …

Part XXX Matthew – The Canaanite Woman: Matthew’s Icon of Prejudice

Column by Bishop John Shelby Spong on October, 2 2014

In Mark’s gospel she was a Syro-Phoenician woman. Matthew has changed her into being a Canaanite woman. That shift is significant because the term “Canaanite” carried so much more …

On Parting – Never to Meet Again – An Experience of Timelessness

Column by Bishop John Shelby Spong on August, 12 2013

There are some moments in life when the transcendent is expressed inside the mundane; where the eternal seems to enter the passage of time. They are moments, usually unexpected, …

The Birth of Jesus, Part I: Introduction

Column by Bishop John Shelby Spong on November, 8 2012

Most of the portraits of the mother of Jesus that hang in the great museums of the world are dependent first on the biblical stories of Jesus’ birth and …

On Baptizing Hadden

Column by Bishop John Shelby Spong on July, 12 2012

It is a rare treat in the life of a bishop in general and in the life of a retired bishop in particular to participate in a pastoral act …