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How the Religious Right Gets It Wrong and What to Do About It

Religious right Christianity is doing great damage to the Christian faith, the American church, and the common good of humanity.

Can Christianity Be Deinstitutionalized?

A lot of twenty-first century believers are seeking a post-institutionalized (or at least a less institutionalized) version of Christianity.

A Christmas Truce

Way back in the year 1914, during the brutal days of World War I, a profound event occurred on the Western Front on Christmas Day.

Do You Think I Am Still a Christian?

Jesus’s core teachings had virtually nothing to do with religious beliefs and everything to do with living a life of integrity and love.

Why Retired Clergy Lose Faith and Leave Church

For someone with “Reverend” in front of their name, admitting that he or she has lost faith feels overwhelmingly frightening and threatening.

Creating a Good Life

At this stage on the journey, I’ve identified five core essentials I need to live a good life.

My Long Farewell to Traditional Religion (and What Remains)

Like some of the early followers of Jesus, I have doubted. A lot. This is my story.

Providing an Alternative to Toxic Religion

Toxic religion abounds in America today. People need an alternative.

Growing Our Souls Through Struggle

I wish we could grow and mature without pain and struggle. But that’s not the nature of human experience.

Rethinking the Metrics of Congregational Success

In a pandemic/post-pandemic world, what metrics should be used to determine congregational effectiveness and success?

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