Thoughts on the “Why Christian?” 2015 Conference by Emily Swan

A week and a half ago I attended the Why Christian? conference in Minneapolis. I’m not much of a conference person; I was there to support my wife, Rachel Murr, one of the speakers.

But, wow. What a conference.

Rachel Held Evans and Nadia Bolz-Weber created Why Christian? for two primary reasons: 1) to elevate the voices of women in the church, and 2) to inspire hope using the age-old art of the testimony. Hence the title and ultimate question: Why are you a Christian? Even in the face of how messed up the church and Christians can be, why are you a Christian? Continue reading

Link to Christian Faithfulness and Human Sexuality: A Respectful Conversation

Woman and Woman Gears

Third Way encourages respectful dialogue while recognizing that the morality of same-gender attraction is a disputable matter in the church. However, Third Way is not a middle way or a compromise. Third Way practices full inclusion on all levels of leadership without discriminating against sexual orientation or gender identity. It is similar to “open and affirming” in that it calls for full inclusion of LGBT people but doesn’t use the term “affirming” since our unity in Christ is not contingent on granting each other moral approval. Instead, Third Way is grounded in a biblical understanding of how to approach one another through disputable matters in the church – without contempt or judgement of one another.

In the spirit of respectful dialogue, Professors David Myers of Hope College and Christopher Grace of Biola University, dialogue on the topic of Christian Faithfulness and Human Sexuality on RespectfulConversation.net. Their dialogue is respectful in tone, rich in language and scientific examples, and emphasizes both important similarities and differences in their approach to Christian faithfulness and human sexuality. It is worth the time to read through their responses to each other – each contributing 3 essays to the conversation.

A Response to Preston Sprinkle’s Review – Part 2

In Part 1 of this series I responded rather critically to the historical claims in Part 2 of Dr. Preston Sprinkle’s 3 Part Review of Ken Wilson’s A Letter to my Congregation. In this post, I will be responding to Dr. Sprinkle’s theological critiques in Part 3 of his review. As in the last post, I have little positive to say about the substance of Dr. Sprinkle’s review so I want to begin by appreciating his approach. Dr. Sprinkle writes with both grace and love, and gives every impression of a brother in Christ who, despite some serious disagreement, genuinely respects Ken Wilson and his project in ALtmC. Such respect for and grace towards those with whom we disagree is a rare commodity in the internet age and I very much appreciate this review for its consistently generous tone and approach. Continue reading