Posts by Pastor Bo


Our podcast feed is full of goodness right now! Progressive Bible Study (now called imBible Study) just finished the book of Ruth so Katie and I recorded a Ruth Recap podcast that was a LOT of fun. Sunday School (now called Brain Storming with Bo) is going through the alphabet. D is for Demythologize was a good podcast. E is for Emergence (and ecclesiology) comes out tomorrow.  This Sunday is G is for Gay Christians where we are going...

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Is the Christian religion inherently conservative? The answer is ‘no’ but you could be forgiven for thinking so. I am rarely discouraged. Yesterday I had a free hour so I googled ‘new books in theology’ and sank as I went from list to list. Christianity, it appears at this moment, has no future. 98% percent of the books that I looked through were in some way related to the past – or worse – past oriented. We are a backward looking...

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There has been lots of discussion about Anne Helen Petersen’s article “How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation” on BuzzFeed. I have read and listened to some great responses and would like to weigh in to the conversation. I was a worked with youth from 1996-2016 and saw a severe amount of change. I have also picked up some new tools as an academic that I hope will be helpful. Millennial generation is burned...

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I condensed my library last year and decided to allow one theme or topic per shelf. An interesting theme developed with the books that did not make the cut. There were 3 important topics that many books written before 2000 were missing: The attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and the subsequent global war on terror.The impact of the internet, cell phones, and social media.Capitalism and Consumerism. Here is a short introductory video (more...

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I am not a big fan of formulas normally. They are too prescriptive and too … formulaic ?  I found a formula recently that I really liked. It connected with me so I decided to share it with Sunday School, Church Council, a pastor’s group and a seminary class. Is this a formula for success? Not everyone thinks so! Focused Intensity – over Time – multiplied by the ‘God’ factor I always pay...

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Something funny has happened in the past month. I have been told by somebody that each element of our Sunday gatherings is their favorite … and somebody else’s least favorite. Passing of the Peace Music and Singing Prayer Sermon Conversation Communion Videos This is fascinating to me – and I love that we can talk about it! This is part of our life together. This is how community works. Each aspect or element connects...

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The early churches developed a saying: The rule of prayer is the rule of faith As we have moved through the centuries, things have changed. Our worship communities have moved from being centered on prayer, to sacrament, to preaching … and now many are centered on music. I am proposing that now, the rule of worship is the rule of faith. Watch this 5 minute video and let me know what you think. you can also check out...

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A short video (5 min) about how progressives and liberals not only believe different things than conservatives and evangelicals … but they believe them differently. From Missions to Eschatology -they both believe different things and they hold those beliefs differently. Let me know your...

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One tradition I really like surrounding communion, is that you never throw the bread in the trash or pour the cup down the drain. Once the bread and cup have been blessed, you are supposed to return them to earth from which they came. I love this imagery. It helps me to think about the grain that became the flour for the loaf and to think about the vines rooted in the earth that brought forth the grapes. I do this, not in a...

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Here is a short encouragement that I shared with a seminary class recently. Be brave. Be bold. Be daring. … it probably won’t work anyway. The systems is so powerful and so dominating that it can absorb, adapt to, and even appropriate any protest or critique. Parables, by the way, are not earthly stories with heavenly meanings. Parables are earthy stories with heavy meaning. Parables come in underneath your radar when your...

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