Before We Start to Blame

Posted by on Dec 13, 2013 in Main, Society at Large, Theological Thinking | 0 comments

A child died today. He shot himself after a failed attempt to confront a teacher. He shot two other students before turning the gun on himself. And then, a nation was filled with the clamor of blame. “It was the guns.” “It was the NRA.” “It was the parents, not raising him right.” “It was the schools. No discipline. Where’s the prayer?” “It was Obama. It’s a Blue State.”...

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Pulling the Trigger: To Fire or Not to Fire on Syria?

Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Christian Beliefs, Main, Society at Large, Theological Thinking, US Politics | 0 comments

I spent my free time this morning reviewing¬†the transcript from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing. Why would I do that? Because the conversation lasted more than 5 minutes, and that’s all you’ll get from the best of coverage from practically every news agency out there — unless you read the transcripts published online. I was compelled to do so because I heard a paradox in the presentation. President Obama says...

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After the Protest…Where Are You?

Posted by on Aug 31, 2013 in General Rant, Human Sexuality, Leading the Church, Main, Methodism, Society at Large | 3 comments

I have a problem with protestors. Not all of them. But certainly some of them. I’ve been a protestor a few times in my life. As a disciple of Jesus, it is important to me to stand up for those who have no voice. That’s a lot of what Jesus was about. This week, we celebrated the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. There, the Rev’d. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his immortal words, “I...

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Compassion: The Tool of Choice for the Discerning Christian

Posted by on Aug 16, 2013 in Christian Beliefs, Discipleship, General Rant, Main, Society at Large, Theological Thinking | 4 comments

I was always taught to use the right tool for the job. Now, that doesn’t mean that my dad, who was a contractor for much of his life, was above using the backside of a big old wrench to knock down a nail that was sticking up. But it does mean that I rarely force a flat bladed screwdriver into a phillips head screw. So when I see Christians wielding “righteous indignation” at the sins of their neighbors, I cringe.¬†There are...

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You’ve Got to Want To

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in Christian Beliefs, Discipleship, Leading the Church, Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Pop Culture, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I am about 9. The lights are in my eyes, and I feel like I need to throw up, go to the bathroom, or maybe pass out. There are adults cheering. My parents are encouraging me. And the kids around me are either yelling or staring at me like I am a mortal enemy. If you’re thinking I’m talking about Little League Baseball, you are a very astute individual. The pitcher is throwing the ball towards me. It isn’t really to the catcher,...

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Not Guilty: What the Zimmerman Trial Should Have Been About

Posted by on Jul 13, 2013 in Christian Beliefs, Main, Society at Large, US Politics | 1 comment

Just a few moments ago, word came out via AP newswire that George Zimmerman has been found not-guilty in the 2nd Degree Murder of Trayvon Martin. From what I can tell of Florida’s law as it has been described in the news media, Zimmerman was acting in accordance with it. But was George Zimmerman acting in accordance with good judgment? Was he acting in accordance with common sense? The larger questions that surround Zimmerman’s...

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