Category Archives: Institutional Church

The Pope and I

Cynical A good friend had a response to my post yesterday about Pope Francis that stewed in me overnight, cynical. While I confess that cynicism is a problem for me and that yesterday’s post could well be seen as an … Continue reading

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So you want to start a revolution. What Do You Want the New Standard for the Church to Be Regarding Sex and Marriage?

Call for the Church to Change My blog is filled with links passionate calls for the church (or rather conservative churches) to change their formal and informal positions on sexuality. The most recent, earnest effort is for churches to practice … Continue reading

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Can we imagine an “affirming” church tradition flourish and grow or has “providential deism” made divine irrational demands nonsensical?

Can An “Affirming” Church Tradition Be a Flourishing Church Tradition? Many questions swirl around the debate over the church’s acceptance/celebration of sexual minority’s non-traditional relationships. Does it honor God? Is non-affirming unjust? What’s the harm? Does it violate God’s will … Continue reading

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Space Wanted Where Culture War and Theological Enemies Can Meet as Friends

Daniel Kirk Moves On From Fuller I’ve never met Daniel personally but I’ve been reading his blogging for years. He’s been a full time associate tenure track Fuller prof in the SF Bay Area. He posted today why he’s leaving Fuller … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Next Iteration of American Civil Religion

In the 20th century religion, morality, politics and commerce aligned in America first to win WWII and then the Cold War. Growing up on the CRC left I always heard Civil Religion as a dirty word. Both SCOTUS and POTUS … Continue reading

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Can an RCA Council End its Perpetual Struggle over LGBTQ Issues?

The Other Synod After a long day of advisory committee work at the CRCNA Synod the last thing I probably should do now is talk about the Synod I’m not at, the Synod or the RCA, but oh well. The … Continue reading

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The Magnitude of Theological Change implicit in “Inclusion” Demands A More Substantive Theology

Still Mulling and Probably Won’t Stop It’s the most Synodical time of the year and young delegates eyes all turn to the question of same sex marriage. When word broke this week that Tony Campolo “came out” I knew he … Continue reading

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