An assortment of thoughts, quotes, information, opinions, and such

The 8 points” that define progressive Christianity, as seen by The Center for Progressive Christianity

An excellent description and discussion of what “progressive Christianity” is, by Canadian UCC pastor Gretta Vosper, author of the book With or Without God

Are We Living the Progressive Faith, or Are We Just Dreaming?” by Fred Plumer, President of The Center for Progressive Christianity

Fundamentalism: The Challenge to the Secular World, by Lloyd Geering. This 2003 book by a New Zealand Presbyterian minister and scholar is short and easy to read, and available complete and free at this link. It would be excellent for use by church classes and study groups. It concisely covers information that all Christians need to know but many don’t know, about the origin, characteristics, and dangers of religious fundamentalism.

An interview with Rev. Jim Rigby, pastor of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Austin, TX, presenting his understanding of Christianity. He’s saying things I wish were said openly and regularly in every church congregation.

“How the Canon Was Formed,” an article by Roy W. Hoover

Granddaddy or Jesus? Clarence Jordan was a lifelong resident of Georgia who lived from 1912 to 1969. He was troubled by the racial and economic injustice he saw all around him. After getting a seminary Ph.D. to learn more about the Bible, he and his wife created an interracial Christian farming community in Georgia . They named it Koinonia, which means “communion” or “fellowship” in Greek. The term was applied in the book of Acts to the earliest form of Christian community. Jordan was also involved in the creation of Habitat for Humanity.The story is told of his speaking at an all-white church in Georgia and advocating racial desegregation. After his talk, an angry church member accosted him. “My granddaddy was active in this church all his life,” she told Jordan, “and he would be outraged if he could hear what you’ve just been saying.”

“Well, madam,” Jordan calmly replied, “that means you have a choice to make. You can either follow your granddaddy or follow Jesus.”

Many churchgoers still need to make that choice.