Wandering Beyond Evangelical Captivity

Wandering Beyond Evangelical Captivity

Departures from evangelicalism continue largely over its alliance with a political agenda opposed to truth telling, compassion for those who suffer and equal justice – while excusing or affirming fear-based discrimination and the degradation of people often based on...
We’ve Provided an Easy Route from Rite to Wrong

We’ve Provided an Easy Route from Rite to Wrong

Throughout the vast majority of Christian history, no such thing as “the plan of salvation” existed. At least, not in the way so familiar to many of us. This effort to distill the gospel into a simple, step-by-step profession of faith arose in latter-day revivalism....
Jannie Lister Is Friend to All

Jannie Lister Is Friend to All

For many years, the friendly voice of Jannie Lister usually greeted those calling the Nurturing Faith office. Kind and courteous to all, Jannie would respond to whatever questions arose – often patiently guiding a frustrated caller through the website or updating a...
Is Trumpism a Cult? Let’s See.

Is Trumpism a Cult? Let’s See.

The word “cult” gets tossed around to the point it takes on pejorative meanings. I resist using it, however, when the technical definitions are not met. Strong allegiance to a religious or political leader is not enough to make one a cultist. Therefore, calling the...
Sunday School Values Comin’ Down

Sunday School Values Comin’ Down

In 1990, Robert Fulghum wrote All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. He listed the basic values of sharing, playing fair, apologizing and fully embracing the Golden Rule. Fulghum added the value of “warm cookies and cold milk” and reminded readers that...