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Layers of Faith: A Roadmap for Spiritual Growth and a Way to Make Sense of Conflict Among the Faithful

Welcome to the Edge of Faith

I may not be a fundamentalist, and I may not be an evangelical, but I am still a Christian.

Most of those in the first two categories would disagree with that third part.

I’m okay with that.

And, I’m not alone.

There are more progressive Christians out there than you might expect. Some of us live in places where it’s not a good idea to come out of the theological closet.

After all, relationships matter, and when primary relationships have a fundamentalist or evangelical worldview, it’s not safe socially to vocalize a progressive perspective.

I get that. I grew up in a small Illinois town. I was formed in a rural, conservative mindset, and I didn’t grow beyond that until I was in my 20s. So, I understand how powerful social pressure to conform can be.

And when that social pressure says there’s only one way (their way) to be Christian, well…

If there’s one thing I want you to hear right now, it’s this…

You CAN be both progressive and Christian at the same time.

The Origin of ECF

I did not grow up in the church, and I didn’t join the church until 1998.

My experience with Westminster Presbyterian Church (USA) in Rockford, IL, radically changed my perspective on religion. I discovered that organized religion wasn’t as bad as I had previously thought. And I was ordained as a Minister of Word & Sacrament in 2005.

The question that haunts me is this: “Into what is Christianity evolving?”

In 2005, I began The Evolving Christian Faith Network blog to explore that question. I kept it up from time to time through the years.

Recently, I decided to transform it into a dedicated spiritual renewal and growth platform for progressive Christians.

Progressive Christians (perhaps like yourself) need support and encouragement to engage their unique progressive perspectives because the dominant voice of Christianity in America rejects it and drowns it out.

Why Subscribe?

I want to send you regular messages in your inbox so you can have a more vital, thriving spiritual life as a progressive Christian.

I will touch on a variety of topics.

  • Theology

  • Social issues

  • Spiritual growth and maturation

  • General spiritual life reflections

As you can probably imagine, creating this content and getting it out into the public space takes a lot of time and energy. I offer some of my content for free.

A Dream to Expand

If you like what I’m doing, however, I hope you will consider financially supporting the project through a small subscription (only $6/month). Paying subscribers get full access to all my content and member-exclusive events.

As income from subscriptions increases, this will free up my time to expand this project. Here are some ways I would like to do that.

  • Add a shorter weekly “inspiration” article

  • Add live-stream group discussions to wrestle with spiritual issues and hot topics

  • Add regular podcast episodes

  • Add monthly sermons

  • Add an online community space where people have access to a common room and private messaging

  • Engage in a local mission on behalf of those who are supporting the cause

Through your financial support, I hope to move us beyond merely being individuals who are part of a wider progressive Christian collective and into becoming a game-changing movement.

Let’s make the world a better, more loving place together.

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