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Liberal Religious Ad in Time Magazine

Given the overall message of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s (a nominally religious, North American, liberal association) new Time Magazine advertisement, and it’s clear expression of the expendable essence of God (and Jesus), I can’t help but wonder why they still use words like “church” and “minister.” Seriously, if you are going to position yourself as an authentic alternative at least be original. A lack of creative integrity emphasized by blatant organizational appropriation is not an alternative; it’s falsehood draped in thin disguise. I’m not surprised. I once was told by two UUA ministers to “pretend” I was a Christian so I could successfully serve patients in a CPE setting. So, why not?

You are Treating Jesus like a Commodity

“… I worry that those you entice to following Jesus at your event, will start off with such a skewed picture of what this Jesus character is about that they will never really be able to see clearly the real Jesus we meet in the gospels.”
Ariah Fine

Eavesdropping on a Radical Emergent Unitarian Conversation

Go on, try to parse the musings of this self-identified and self-proclaimed “Radical, Emergent, Unitarian” conversation about Jesus Christ.

I’m Done with Labels and Alternative Expressions

“Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.” - Gilbert K. Chesterton

So, I’ve done my fair share of investigating a variety of different expressions within my overarching Christian context. It was an interesting journey, to say the least. I’m not sorry I explored, questioned, and tried on a variety of hats. I have learned a lot. I pray God will now use all I have learned for his glory. I pray the kingdom Jesus preached is benefited by all I have collected, cognitively and experientially. It’s been edifying. God is faithful. Read More »

What is an Emergent Unitarian Universalist Church!?!

This is the sort of thing that makes it very hard for me not to be very particular about the friends I keep: An Emergent Liberal Church. I deeply appreciate the open conversation to which the Emergent wing of the Emerging Church is dedicated, but seriously … a Unitarian Universalist Emergent Church?!? I journeyed pretty far behind that particular curtain, and what I discovered was and still is not pretty. Honestly, it is not. The flirtation between Unitarian Universalism and the Emergent wing of the Emerging Conversation is nearly enough for me to join the growing multitude and discount Emergent validity completely. Emergent isn’t Emerging, after all; said differently, the Emergent Village is only one expression of the larger Emerging Conversation. Read More »

Circumvent Relational Morph into Cheap Syncretism

When do honest attempts at incarnational relationships morph into cheap religious pluralism and/or spiritual syncretism (both are very different from deep inter-faith conversation, which is something I support with all of my being)? Read More »