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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
  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.
  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 Bar
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