Evidence Based Faith

Haud Ignota Loquor (Speak not of what is not known)

What is “evidence based faith” and how does it inform the progressive faith movement? This important lecture was delivered in April at the Anderson SC Progressive Theology Forum and in June at the Secular Liturgies Conference in Exeter, England. This recording was made at the Annual Conference of the Emerging Church in Springfield, MO.

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Parenting Forward: How to Raise Children with Justice, Mercy, and Kindness

How do we build a better world? One key way, says Cindy Wang Brandt, is by learning to raise our children with justice, mercy, and kindness.

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The Pentecost Paradigm: Ten Strategies for Becoming a Multiracial Congregation

How do churches build immunity from racial and ethnic tensions that threaten to divide rather than unite congregations? Jacqui Lewis and John Janka believe that the answer lies in the development of multiracial, multicultural communities of faith.

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Are Humans Innately Superior?

I pray that as we humans expand our own spiritual consciousness we will outgrow all of the assumptions we’ve nurtured about our innate superiority.

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The Spiritual Discipline of “Resist”

Finding peace through social justice.

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Finding Comfort When Faced With Death

Recently my grandmother passed away very suddenly from an illness. I cared for her as she died, and my doctor now thinks I have PTSD. I’ve been experiencing crippling panic attacks about dying. I wish that I could say that I am a person of faith.

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Hosea: the Coronation Street of Ancient Israel

A Sermon on the Book of the Prophet Hosea

Imagine how your own relationship with the divine might evolve if you stopped worrying about believing in God and began to belove the DIVINE MYSTERY we call God. What might it look like in your life to belove the DIVINE that lives and breathes and has BEING in, with, through, and beyond you; in, with, and through, and beyond your neighbours?

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Watching These Exhausting Debates Closely

Did you watch Tuesday night’s Democratic debate? The race to the White House for Democrats is an exhausting one, and I’m simply watching the battle on television. 

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Celebrating 20 Years!

Sermon Video: Scripture Reading – 1 John 4:7-21

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Is there an evil spirit (e.g. Satan) opposite to the good spirit?

My daughter and I had a very good conversation regarding my Progressive beliefs. When it came to the Good God she insisted there must be a Bad Spirit.

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Theses Toward a Theory of Generative Death Anxiety: Thesis #13

Broadly socialized allegiance to the dominant cultural narrative is a strong force for sanctioning social conformity (this why all religions essentially equate “good citizenship” with God’s Will, etc.) But even the rebel or the criminal (sinner) must assume the essential transcendent power of the dominant cultural/religious myth in order for his/her deviance to itself have any meaning.

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Send Her Back?

Last week, a CNN editor reached out to me and asked if I would write a piece for them regarding the crowd at President Trump’s rally in Greenville, North Carolina, that shouted “Send her back!” in response to his criticism of four Congresswomen. The editor wanted me to reflect on how Christians could justify chanting such a thing. 

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Not To Complain

Complaining is like bad breath – you notice it when it comes out of someone else’s mouth, but not when it out of your own. My words: Complaining gets in the way of our finding gratitude with what is.

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God of the Living

Sermon Video: Scripture Reading – Luke 10:1-11 – Allysene Watson

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A Conversation with Mike Morrell and Rapper Mona Haydar

About God, the universe, and everything at The Wild Goose Festival

What follows is a conversation I had at the Goose last year, with my friend Mona Haydar. Mona is a Syrian-American rapper, poet, activist, practitioner of Permaculture, meditator, composting devotee, mountain girl, solar power lover, and a tireless God-enthusiast.

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Softly and Tenderly

New words to an old tent-meeting revival hymn

Softly and tenderly Jesus is callingCalling for you and for meWalking his pathway toward joy and compassionCalling for you and for me

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Should Christians Sell Their Possessions & Live Like Paupers?

Throughout his time on Earth, Jesus makes it very clear that riches should be stored in Heaven, not during this lifetime. He makes several references to rich men and poor men and tells us exactly how we’re supposed to give up everything for Him.

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When Christian Nationalism Becomes God

Sermon Video

Sermon Video with Rev. Mark Sandlin, Church of the Covenant (PCUSA), Greensboro, NC.

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