1. Alisa Childers
I recently came across a podcast that was posted on an apologetics facebook group. It was by Alisa Childers. Some might remember her with ZOEgirl, an American Christian teen pop and pop rock band formed in 1999. The group comprised Chrissy Conway-Katina, Alisa Childers and Kristin Swinford-Schweain. On her website she describes “a period of profound doubt about my faith in my early thirties. I felt as though I had been tossed in a stormy ocean of uncertainty with no life jacket or lifeboat in sight. I didn’t know where to find answers to my questions, or if answers existed at all. Did I have to accept it all on some kind of blind faith? This is my journey from unreasoned doubt into vibrant, intellectually informed faith.”
She posted an excellent article titled “5 Signs Your Church Might be Heading Toward Progressive Christianity.” It is definitely worth the read. The signs include: a low view of the bible, feelings emphasized over facts, essential Christian beliefs are re-interpreted, historic terms are redefined, and the gospel shifts from sin and redemption to social justice. For each point she includes comments you might hear making this blog post extremely practical and useful.
Because of her post she was “invited to come on the Bad Christian Podcast to talk about my article, 5 Signs Your Church Might be Heading Toward Progressive Christianity. As progressive-leaning Christians, the guys did not agree with my article but invited me on the show to discuss my views anyway. Even though we disagree on a lot of things, they were gracious and I think we had a fruitful conversation.” I listened to the podcast and she rocked it (get what I did there, because she is a recording artist). You can listen to the podcast here.
2. Mama Bear Apologetics Podcast
Mama Bear Apologetics, which I have blogged about before, did a podcast on why you need to understand progressive Christianity. Hillary Ferrer, the Mama Bear, interviews Alisa Childers on this podcast. Mama Bear Apologetics tag line is “Mess with our kids . . . and we will demolish your arguments.”
Both Alisa Childers and Mama Bear Apologetics are great resources available online. I highly recommend them.
3. Christian Mom Thoughts
Natasha Crain, who I have also blogged about before, wrote an article early this summer on progressive Christianity as well: “Progressive Christianity is as Much of a Threat to Your Kids’ Faith as Atheism.” Natasha Crain is the author of the book Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side: 40 Conversations to Help Them Build a Lasting Faith which is for parents and helps them “empower their children to respond well to the hard questions that threaten their faith. It’s no secret that children of all ages are being exposed to negative criticism of Christianity as they spend time at school, with friends, or online.” She has a new book coming out this fall titled Talking with Your Kids about God: 30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have.