Bound

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in Christian Beliefs, Discipleship, Main, Society at Large, Theological Thinking | 0 comments

In past posts, I’ve noted that the heart of sin is selfishness, while the heart of Christian discipleship (and that of many other world religions in their purest form) is selflessness. Selfishness is often thought of as retaining for oneself things that would be best shared with others. What can be more selfish than removing the free will of another person? What can be more violent than reducing another person’s liberty to the modes...

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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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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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Communism, Facism, and Christianity

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013 in Economics, Leading the Church, Main, Pop Culture, US Politics | 0 comments

Recently, I spent the day with a friend who would probably like nothing better than to exhume Hitler‘s dead body and raise it from the dead just so he could kill him again. Same goes for Stalin and a few other evil world leaders. We had a great conversation about the differences between fascism and communism and why both are hated in this country. I spent much of the morning cringing at his vehemence. It’s not that I don’t...

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Prop 8, Homosexuality, and the Loud Lack of Conversation

Posted by on Mar 26, 2013 in Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Society at Large, US Politics | 2 comments

Everyone is talking about the Supreme Court of the United States hearing oral arguments on the matter of California’s Proposition 8, which banned homosexual marriage. But is anyone listening? I sat down to an interview today on that matter. It’s been quite a while since I talked openly about the issue of homosexuality. In the last few years, it’s been like talking about taking a trip to the sun: Everyone knows where it is, but...

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