It’s All About the Base, No Trouble

Grandma Littleton tired of the question, “Are you Catholic?” This came after she responded to, “How many children do you have?” She would reply, “Eight. Six boys and two girls.” Over time she developed a startling response to the question of her religious background, “No. Just oversexed Baptists.” Were she still alive I would have to tell her, “Well played Grandma, well played.” Read More

Progressive Conservative? or, Keep an Eye On Tony Jones’ Challenge

Sadly any mention of certain friendships shuts down many a conversation. Over the past ten or more years I have had a few occasions to chat with Tony Jones, in person and on the phone. There are many times I believe Tony gets a bad rap. Other times I am well aware his provocations stir deep passions. Like other of my friends he forces me to think more deeply about issues of life and faith.

Recently Tony offered a challenge to Progressive Christians. This after he and others debated any and all adjectives used to nuance Christian. At the heart of his challenge is another provocateur, Tripp Fuller. Here is another young thinker that will not let us off the hook when thinking about Christianity, and notably God.

Evangelicals, conservatives, and fundamentalists tend to think Liberal Progressives have nothing to say about God because they have made any number of philosophical moves that tend to produce ethics as religion. Read More

The Problem with Labels … Sometimes they don’t fit

If you have read here long, you know I enjoy reading Leonard Pitts Jr. I first read Leonard as his column finds its way into our local metro paper. For some time I have bemoaned the pejorative use of labels. One of my friends finds them helpful. But, when they do no adequately describe the intended person or group, they get in the way – even obfuscate reality.

In his recent column, which I get in my Bloglines, he notes the battle for the label “conservative.” I often find it helpful to pay attention to critique from without and within. Pitts column offers both. He includes some who responded to an earlier post claiming some are not really conservative. Pitts then offers thoughts from the outside looking in.

We, who claim faith, cannot give a pass to anyone regardless of political platform. We should encourage and create conversation above the labels so as to critique anyone, any platform, vying for our vote.

I liken this to Graham Ward’s assertion that theology must speak above the cultural turns so it may always speak into every cultural era.

What do you think of Pitts column?