Bill Johnson

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Reflections About a Sunday Morning Worship Service

Reflections About a Sunday Morning Worship Service. I went to Church on Sunday! Sometimes that’s a hard thing for me to do. Why? Because I find the theology of the songs, emphasis on performance and preaching often depressing. So, why… Continue Reading →

Christianity Is Not A Religion

"Christianity is not a religion. Christianity is the proclamation of the end of religion, not of a new religion, or even of the best of all religions. If the cross is the sign of anything, it's the sign that God has gone out of the religion business and solved all of the world's problems without requiring a single human being to do a single religious thing. What the cross is actually a sign of is the fact that religion can't do a thing about the world's problems - that it never did work and it never will." Robert F. Capon

What if being a Christian means no longer being religious? What if conversion to Christianity means stepping out of religion? What if Christianity is the end of religion? Christianity is n...

The Game of Religion

The Game of Religion. A man arriving at the proverbial Pearly Gates is unsure what to do. Do I simply walk in? he wonders. St. Peter recognizes the look of consternation on the man’s face, approaches, and asks him if… Continue Reading →

Hiding in Religion

“Religion is one of the safest places to hide from God.”  Richard Rohr

Go Paint the Stars

“When I have a terrible need of – shall I say the word – religion. Then I go out and paint the stars.” – VINCENT VAN GOGH

Transformation not Evacuation

"The good news that Jesus proclaimed is not an evacuation plan for heaven but a transformation plan for humanity on earth." Brian McLaren

I heard Brian McLaren speak yesterday and he summarized in a sentence what I have often felt in my heart and thought about.  In my tradition of evangelical christianity there is so much emphasis ...

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