One-liners for your street notice board
The old fashioned wayside pulpit can be an effective way to communicate a progressive Christian message
A couple of years back this message appeared on the door of a progressive Baptist church in Madison Avenue.
God want spiritual fruits, not religious nuts
It generated a huge amount of interest for the church and illustrates the fact that the roadside one-liner does get read by those who pass by.
The original examples of these so called wayside pulpit messages appeared over a hundred years ago. Churches would buy them from publishing companies. They were usually exhortations to be born again or Biblical warnings against sin. About fifty years ago the messages gained a sense of humour, although the intent was not that different.
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Since the advent of letter boards and publishing software, there is no longer any need to wait for a publisher to come up with a message you'd wish to promote. Jim Burklo, Associate Dean at the Religious Life department of the University of Southern California, has come up with a number of progressive one-liners which he recently published on the website of our sister organisation, ProgressiveChristianity.org . His article was called Progressive Christian Unapologetics. Here are his eleven one-liners. Can you think of any more? You can share them in the Comment box below.
Love is our God: kindness is our religion
We keep the faith and drop the dogma
Our deeds are our creeds
The Jesus story is a true myth
We take the Bible seriously, not literally
Questions matter more than answers
Our way to God is good, and so are other ways
Park your car in our lot, but not your brain
God is bigger than our religion
God evolves and so does our faith
We celebrate same-sex marriages