John O’Hara on Plurality 2.0

This piece is part of an on-going blog series called Plurality 2.0 (watch video here). Full schedule of guest authors throughout April and May is available here.

John O’Hara is a husband, father, and ordained minister who is stumbling forward in the Way of Jesus. He serves as Family Ministry Pastor at Sequoyah Community Church in Oakland, California and writes at www.oharaville.com; and on clear nights, the soft electric glow of his laptop can be seen among the terrestrial stars of the California coast, patiently awaiting the appearance of words.

SIX YEAR OLD NAMED KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT BI-ANNUAL DENOMINATIONAL CONFERENCE

img_0518_2ORLANDO – Taking quite literally Jesus’ instruction that a person must “be like a child to enter the kingdom of heaven,” leadership for the Assemblies of God (USA), one of the largest evangelical organizations in the world, have named six year old Billy Thompson as the keynote speaker for its’ bi-annual national convention to be held in Orlando, Florida.

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Jim Burklo on Plurality 2.0

This piece is part of an on-going blog series called Plurality 2.0 (watch video here). Full schedule of guest authors throughout April and May is available here.

Rev. Jim Burklo is Associate Dean of Religious Life at University of Southern California. He is also the author of Birdlike and Barnless: Meditations, Prayers and Songs for Progressive Christians. Rev. Burklo is on the board of The Center for Progressive Christianity and blogs at Musings.

The Bible and Religious Pluralism

jimburklo2It’s a common assumption that in order to be Christian, a person must believe that Jesus is the only way to salvation and that Christianity is superior to all other religions. Progressive Christianity spreads the good news that there is a way to be Christian without making this claim. There is a way to follow the Christ while honoring the possibility that followers of other religions are also led to the love that is God.

Certain Bible passages are often used to suggest that Christianity is the only way to God. The best-known is John 14:6, where Jesus is quoted as saying “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.” Another is John 11: 25-26: “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.”

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Makeesha Fisher on Plurality 2.0

This piece is part of an on-going blog series called Plurality 2.0 (watch video here). Full schedule of guest authors throughout April and May is available here.

Makeesha Fisher leads and coordinates stuff, designs things and thinks a lot. She also finds it strangely alluring to construct a bio primarily out of words and sentence structures her AP English Teacher would have scolded her for back in high school. She blogs at makeesha.com and will be speaking at Christianity 21 in October.

makeeshaThere is a point where our musings enter the world of the real. In Christianity, this point is often firmly affixed at the church front door – whether that door be to an ancient cathedral, someone’s home, a pub, a coffee shop or more metaphorical.

I enjoy musing, but I also lead a faith community, coordinate an Emergent cohort and am in a family that believes very differently from me about matters of politics and religion and these are the places where my musings must be held up with some sinew and bone and given life.

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