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Save 50% on Saving Jesus Redux Curriculum Edition

By Jennifer Schwarz | March 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

SPECIAL LIMITED TIME OFFER Save 50% on Saving Jesus Redux Curriculum Edition now through Tuesday March 24th when ordering online at www.livingthequestions.com! Ever feel like Jesus has been kidnapped by the Christian Right and discarded by the Secular Left? Saving Jesus Redux is total revision of Living the Questions’ popular 12-session DVD-based small group exploration of…

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Bishop Spong on the First Easter

By Jennifer Schwarz | April 19, 2014 | 3 Comments

“There is no question in my mind that had there not been some transforming experience that happened to the disciples after the death of Jesus that convinced them that he had conquered the boundary of human death there would be no Christianity.  But what people don’t understand is that the idea that that experience meant…

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God is Dying

By Jennifer Schwarz | September 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

“God Will Not Be God Without Us.  When anybody in this world is hurt, God is hurt. When anybody in this world gets their lives twisted and out of joint, that radically affects the reality of God. When a culture is bombed and civilizations are dying, God is being bombed, and in human terms, dying.”…

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Jesus Needs Saving

By Jennifer Schwarz | March 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

Ever feel like Jesus has been kidnapped by the Christian Right and discarded by the Secular Left?  Then you need Saving Jesus, a 12-session DVD-based  exploration of a credible Jesus for the third millennium — now available for home use!  This remarkable series features nearly 30 thought leaders at the forefront of Progressive Christianity, including Marcus…

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Hocus Pocus Resurrection

By Jennifer Schwarz | March 1, 2013 | 3 Comments

Robin Meyers believes that the resuscitation of Jesus’ body is less important than the idea of resurrection as a credible and meaningful principle for living: “Resurrection is not about ‘beam me up, Scotty!’ It’s not about molecules disappearing and then reappearing. All that is hocus pocus. We don’t believe in Santa Claus anymore. We don’t believe in the…

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Jesus never heard of “Original Sin”

By Jennifer Schwarz | February 18, 2013 | 4 Comments

Not only is Original Sin NOT in the Bible, Elie Wiesel says that Original Sin is alien to Jewish thinking (and therefore alien to Jesus’ way of thinking). Let’s ditch the whole thing, shall we? Matthew Fox says, “Jesus never heard of ‘Original Sin’.” The term wasn’t even used until the 4th century, so it’s…

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Another Version of Virgin…

By Jennifer Schwarz | December 11, 2012 | 9 Comments

With Pope Benedict’s recent release of a book reflecting on the Nativity, the historicity of the Virgin Birth is yet again back in the news. It seems that Benedict is more concerned that barnyard animals are inaccurately included in most traditional Nativity scenes than the fact that insistence on a literal virgin birth is one…

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The “Love Wins” Hellabelloo

By Jennifer Schwarz | March 11, 2011 | 8 Comments

hellabelloo noun [in sing.] informal 1. irrational tantrums among evangelical Christians over Rob Bell’s book, “Love Wins”: that’s quite a hellabelloo over Rob’s new book! 2. a commotion over “the tiddlywinks and peccadilloes of religion” (Fosdick); a fuss The evangelical blogosphere is all aflutter over Rob Bell’s soon-to-be-unleashed book “Love Wins.” Having perused an advance…

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Advertising: yet another slice of our culture allergic to expressions of faith

By Jennifer Schwarz | February 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

For those who didn’t see Mark Oppenheimer’s article in the New York Times earlier this month, Living the Questions was mentioned in his weekend “Beliefs” feature. Oppenheimer focused on the evangelical group, Fixed Point Foundation, and its effort to air an ad during the super bowl. In “Super Bowl Ads Will Leave a Religious Question…

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LtQ’s Jesus Jars Sports Illustrated, Angers Portland Radio Listeners

By Jennifer Schwarz | January 28, 2011 | 5 Comments

PORTLAND, OREGON – What is media giant Entercom Communications afraid of? Curriculum publisher “Living the Questions” recently contracted with three of Entercom’s Portland area stations, KGON-FM (Classic Rock), KWJJ-FM (Country), KYCH-FM (Classic Hits) to run professionally produced ads as part of their online streaming radio services. Without an explanation beyond “due to listener complaint,” the…

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