Category Archives: Churches of Christ

The Progressive Churches of Christ: A Little Hauerwas, Part 2

Let’s consider Hauerwas’s understanding of the gospel — That through Jesus Christ, very God and very man, we Gentiles have been made part of the promise to Israel that we will be witnesses to God’s good care of God’s creation … Continue reading

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The Progressive Churches of Christ: Community Disciplines

So if it’s important that we think in terms of story and community and formation into the image of Christ, then the scriptures likely provide us with community spiritual disciplines that help this happen. And, indeed, it’s true. For example, … Continue reading

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The Progressive Churches of Christ: Spiritual Formation

A few years ago, it was fashionable to have seminars, books, and classes on “spiritual formation.” Many churches hired a “minister of spiritual formation” — a position that has largely degraded into being the minister over the adult ed program and … Continue reading

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Progressive Churches of Christ: Community Formation

I confess to certain introverted tendencies. For example, I’m really happy sitting at my computer, listening to music, and typing theology for hours on end. That’s the behavior of an introvert. But, ironically enough, I’m not a fan of the … Continue reading

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The Progressive Churches of Christ: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

This discussion began several days ago with two posts (Part 1 and Part 2) pointing out the latest news on the declining numbers in the Churches of Christ generally. We then looked at the state of the Churches of Christ today … Continue reading

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Progressive Churches of Christ: Baptism

So the subject is Sacraments, and we’ve talked about the Lord’s Supper. That leaves baptism. And we’re much better at our baptismal practices than our Eucharistic practices. At least, some of us are. I visited one church that had a … Continue reading

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Progressive Churches of Christ: The Lord’s Supper, Part 2

Next, think about this in terms of story. When we take communion in our traditional way at church, what is the story that we are telling? In many churches, the story is: We care about the scriptures more than “the … Continue reading

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Progressive Churches of Christ: The Lord’s Supper, Part 1

Let’s talk about the Sacraments. You see, I’m persuaded that a key step in the right direction is a re-envisioning of the Sacraments as community events that draw us toward Jesus. The traditional Church of Christ approach to the Lord’s … Continue reading

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The Progressive Churches of Christ: Resolving the Tensions, Part 4.4

I started writing this in the Comments, but decided this was too important to leave there. A couple of readers asked, regarding the last couple of posts, why Mark Love’s first story isn’t good enough, why it’s not the real story. A … Continue reading

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The Progressive Churches of Christ: Your Story

Reader and frequent commenter Price wrote, Your PERSONAL story of how The Story has impacted your is far more interesting and far more compelling … You say you taught that divorce can only happen according to scripture when sexual compromise … Continue reading

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