Progressive Christianity

Progressive Christian leaders look for someone to succeed Rachel Held Evans as the voice and vision of 21st century believers. Read more

Practicing Faith

Increasing visibility and presence will help seekers find more progressive congregations, writes the Rev. Jim Burklo. Read more

Scholar Verdell A. Wright offers progressive Christians ways to get the best of Paul's writings – starting with recognizing that not everything attributed to Paul was actually written by him. Read more


Bible with Cross Shadow

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His understanding of Christian salvation today combines what he sees as the best of evangelical tradition with the best of progressive insights, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. Read more

Independence Day

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Progressive America – including progressive Christians – aren't going simply to fade away under the new administration that came into office on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, 2017, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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Charles Taylor's 2007 book, "A Secular Age," holds the keys to understanding why today's church is the way it is, and why neither side in the current polarized debates will win out, writes the Rev. Dan R. Dick. Read more

Perspectives Archive

After critiquing "Crybaby Christians," the Rev. Dan R. Dick was unprepared for the onslaught of responses he got from church members -- defending spiritual immaturity! Read more

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Keyboard Delete

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As American culture embraces marriage equality, conservative activists in The United Methodist Church are pushing out the perceived source of all things bad: Progressive Methodists, asserts the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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Is a split within The United Methodist Church truly inevitable? The Rev. Christy Thomas explores the possibility from the perspective of a former conservative who turned progressive to save her spiritual integrity. Read more

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The complexity of Progressive Christianity makes it less popular than easily consumed traditional Christianity, but it may prove a more workable theological method for today's do-it-yourself culture, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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Attack on Progressives

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A United Methodist congregation that practices a progressive Christian theology is being attacked for its beliefs by eight other Protestant churches in a Phoenix, Arizona suburb Read more

In the Church

Questioning Duo

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The Rev. Richard Bryant outlines a progressive view of faith that some conservative Christians find problemmatic. Read more

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William Tyndale

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Scholar Joel L. Watts makes a case for trusting more in the Holy Spirit to guide the church and less in the extremes that seek to control it. Read more


United Methodist layman Geoffrey Safford-Kruse digs deep into the framework of faith behind recent online debates over Progressive Christianity's influence on the UMC. Read more


Candle Blessing

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Amid its conflicts, there's hope for United Methodism in the experience of Reform Judaism, writes the Rev. Christy Thomas. Read more

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'I'm Going to Make Stuff Up and Say That's Why the UMC Is in So Much Trouble'

United Methodist layman Geoffrey Kruse-Safford critiques the recent assertion of the Rev. Drew B. McIntyre that Progressive Christianity is the cause of The United Methodist Church's decline. Read more

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Nuke the Fridge

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Taking an image from popular culture, the Rev. Drew B. McIntyre criticizes Progressive Christianity's authenticity when it professes beliefs that reject the faith's central tenets. Read more

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The gloves come off at the Rev. Jeremy Smith vigorously critiques how conservatives fail to assess, and progressives fail to defend, progressive theology and practice. Read more

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Still Speaking

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The Rev. Robert Rynders explodes the idea that churches grow because of their stances on any social issue. Instead, he asserts that churches decline because they fail to create genuinely interesting and inspiring communities of faith. Read more

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People of Faith for Health Care

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Religious progressives more diverse, younger, smaller in number than religious conservatives, says a new report by the Public Religion Research Institute. Read more

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