Monthly Archives: July 2016

BLOG 7/31/16. CONFESSION: A HILARIOUSLY LIBERATING DISCIPLINE

BLOG 7/31/16. CONFESSION: A HILARIOUSLY LIBERATING DISCIPLINE Hey, blog friends: Allow me to offer what might seem an utterly ridiculous proposition, i.e., that our confession of how imperfect we are, and how imperfectly we live our lives, and how dismally … Continue reading

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BLOG 7/27/16. BEING GOD’S KINGDOM PEOPLE IN A POLITICAL SEASON

BLOG 7/27/16. BEING GOD’S KINGDOM PEOPLE IN A POLITICAL SEASON It’s worth taking a deep breath, stopping, and remembering that there is no way we can escape being engaged in a political process, beginning at birth. We are all (for … Continue reading

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BLOG 7/24/16. CONTAGIOUS AND INFECTIOUS JOY? WHAT ABOUT IT?

BLOG 7/24/16. CONTAGIOUS AND INFECTIOUS JOY? WHAT ABOUT IT? What would you say if I were to propose that part of our Christian calling is to be a people of contagious joy—profound, infectious, purposeful, hope-filled joy? So, OK, stick with … Continue reading

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BLOG 7/20/16. THE KINGDOM OF GOD: THRILLING AND RADICAL

BLOG 7/20/16. THE KINGDOM OF GOD: THRILLING AND RADICAL In C. S. Lewis’ much-loved children’s story: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the children ask Mrs. Beaver if the anticipated lion, Aslan (the Christ-figure in these stories), is ‘safe.’ … Continue reading

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BLOG 7/17/16. RESCUING THE BEAUTIFUL WORD ‘EVANGELICAL’ FROM ABUSE.

BLOG 7/17/16. RESCUING THE BEAUTIFUL WORD ‘EVANGELICAL’ FROM ABUSE There is something very irresponsible, if not downright obscene, about the way the popular media and too many cnservative religious groups have hi-jacked the designation: evangelical to denote a segment of … Continue reading

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BLOG 7/13/16. MY INDEBTEDNESS TO THE BLACK COMMUNITY AND BLACK CULTURE

BLOG 7/13/16. MY INDEBTEDNESS TO THE BLACK COMMMUNITY AND BLACK CULTURE. Indulge me here. I’m a white guy, OK? I can never be black, nor can I imagine all of the subliminal pain that is that community’s heritage from the … Continue reading

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BLOG 7/10/2016. NOT LOOKING FOR GOD? OR NOT SO SURE?

BLOG 7/10/2016. NOT LOOKING FOR GOD? OR NOT SO SURE? I have a remarkable acquaintance who self-consciously seeks out those on the margins of society who are so involved in their struggles for economic survival, or their illegal status, or … Continue reading

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BLOG 7/6/2016. WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD ANYONE NEED ‘GOD’?

BLOG 7/6/2016. WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD ANYONE NEED ‘GOD’? Early in the last century George Jacob Holyoake gave us the classical definition of secularism: The doctrine that morality should be based on regard to the well-being of mankind in … Continue reading

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BLOG 7/3/2016. WHAT’S BEHIND OUR DISTRUST OF PERSONS?

BLOG 7/3/2016. WHAT’S BEHIND OUR DISTRUST OF PERSONS? One of the enigmas of the current and wearying coverage of the presidential campaign is the recurring report that while Secretary Clinton has stunning credentials, … that people “don’t trust her.” A … Continue reading

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