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  1. I get this one. http://www.ucc.org/feed-your-spirit/daily-devotional/ Sometimes is good. Sometimes is not. That's life.
  2. Jonny, Your church experience is very much like mine. I am so much seen as "the confused person who hasn't got it quite right". I ask all those difficult questions! They know I'm knowledgable about the bible, but somehow I just don't "get it". It is a chore to go to church. The wife and kids like it, so I go, and I love the people. Just don't like what they say sometimes! A.
  3. Oh, so yeah, I think we should occupy the churches, but with gentleness and respect.
  4. My wife and I are members of a small, fairly conservative United Methodist Congregation. We do have a female pastor and she is much loved by all. I see my role within this community as a, well, not a force for change, more like a nudge towards change. My wife is also, but differently. She is the "let's organize a coat drive" type. I'm more "let's have a book study" type. In these studies I often do, I guess, feign a certain "seeker" mentality (though seeker is what I am, truth be told). I ask a lot of questions. It gets some good discussions going, and I hope, gets some of the folks to re-think their entrenched ideas. I don't often express opinion where I know people will get upset. I don't think anyone learns any good from that. I think it is important work. We should, if we are able, help our brothers and sisters to be more Christ-like, as they help us. Jenell, I have not been hurt by a church. I didn't grow up in the church, only started going in my 30s. So I don't know how difficult it is for you to go back. I would suggest that there might be a mainline type church not too far away from you that needs you. And maybe you need them? Peace, A.
  5. Thanks. I think of Christianity as a way to live. The Way, in a sense. I’m still a part of a faith community and I still enjoy it and contribute. The community is what keeps me from turning away from the label “Christian”. On Sunday morning I got to hold the newest member of our community, baby Savannah, as we did our usual things. We sang a song. We had a discussion about joy vs. happiness. We prayed for one of our young men, and for peace, as we sent him off to war. We listened to our leader as she talked about joy and peace, and riffed on something some first century poet wrote. We talked and drank coffee. We caught up on each other’s lives. I invited a friend going through a tough time to come have lunch with my family, our treat. She came and we had a nice lunch together. I just helped my wife store a bunch of food and drinks in the basement, bought for the meal our small group hosts at the local homeless shelter. Our kitchen is also stacked with bags of groceries for the food pantry. I guess it was a good day for coupons yesterday. This is what I believe in, this community of people. Nobody has it all together, but we’re doing what we can to make a small contribution to our wider community. Is Christianity in some sense the motivation for these people? I think so. I don’t want to give up on it, on them, over some doctrine or list of beliefs that doesn’t matter all that much.
  6. I've been thinking about what is necessary to call oneself "Christian". What beliefs must one have? Do we have to believe that any of the Biblical account is historical? Can we just say: "I like the Christ story, it resonates with me, and I want to live in tune with how this Jesus lived"?
  7. Yale Department of Religious Studies has two online courses (for free!): http://oyc.yale.edu/religious-studies I listened to the OT one a while back and thought it was good. I will do the NT one soon.
  8. I don't know of any courses, but here are some resources I have enjoyed: Burke Lecture: John Shelby Spong http://evolutionarychristianity.com/ Podcasts http://www.thankgodforevolution.com/ Podcasts http://www.c3exchange.org/ Podcasts Lots of good stuff on Youtube: Spong, Borg, Crossan.
  9. I liked the HBO series. I travel a lot and caught most of the episodes in hotel rooms (don't get HBO at home). Is there a second season in the works?
  10. Thanks for the welcome. Have not been able to spend a lot of time here yet. Have read some threads and enjoyed them. Nice to find a place where I don't feel like the outsider.
  11. I love that Dave Carter and Tracy Grammar song. Thanks for sharing.
  12. The Alarm are a band that are not specifically Christian, but sing of love and redemption - We Are The Light
  13. I like this one. The Verve - Bitter Sweet Symphony Meaningful to me. Also pretty much anything by U2.
  14. Hello all, Brief intro: I am interested in Christianity and faith in general, and how it could be a force for good in the world. From about 2002 untill 2010 I would have labelled myself "Christian". It was a rapid learning curve and I went through various stages of faith, from know-nothing to born-again to doubting to "it's all metaphor", to where I am now. Where am I now? Hard to determine. Searching. I have enjoyed books by McLaren, Borg, Spong, Cox. I have enjoyed sermons and talks by the Campolo's (father and son), Spong, Dowd. Currently listening to Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow's podcasts and enjoying them very much. Currently reading "The Evolution of God" by Robert Wright. I will hang around for a while and check things out. I hope to be able to learn and to contribute. Peace, AdrianC
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