A fixation on what immediately follows death is common, I think, to people across cultures and faiths. As a child I was very concerned about the continuing existence of some family friends who passed away. I recall having vivid dreams about them, where they gathered together in the afterlife. It gave my childhood self some … Continue reading What is Purgatory
We hear a lot of fake news, big and small. It should be no surprise then that fake news has real world consequences. One recent example in the United States is the fake news surrounding vaccinations and the belief that they cause autism. As a result, unvaccinated children are getting the measles virus unnecessarily. Social … Continue reading Did Fake News Affect the Development of Christian Culture?
Free from Anxieties; A Discussion on Sex There is an interesting passage in First Corinthians 7 where Paul leads into a discussion about the anxiousness of married and single life. Paul, acting in a pastoral capacity, guides the church in Corinth through a situation that has developed around sex. The situation Paul is addressing in … Continue reading Free from Anxieties; A Discussion on Sex
“To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.” (1 Corinthians 9:22-23) “I have become all things to … Continue reading Paul’s Policy of Accommodation
"...Paul in his Christian faith does something very similar to this, he takes the same behavior of expanding the space where God touches and he expands it into this realm of the Christian church..."
"And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you.” And he answered them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of God, … Continue reading God’s Family
Baptism is a normative redemptive act I believe a conversation about baptism begins with humility. As we wrestle with the function and importance of baptism we should regard ourselves as finite interpretive beings led by the communal work of the Spirit. I cannot know perfectly the mind of God but I can faithfully and humbly … Continue reading Baptism: A Normative Redemptive Act
When Giving Thanks Includes More Than what Makes You Happy I was asked by our local interfaith clergy group to say a few words on the topic of thankfulness. I was hesitant at first but decided to accept the invitation. Since then, I have been mulling over what to say. It occurred to me that … Continue reading Thankfulness
The story of John the Baptist's imprisonment and death is an interesting foreshadowing of what was going to happen to Jesus. John prepared the way for Jesus but he also prefigures his life. John's imprisonment, binding, and death also occur to Jesus. Still, the question of why John the Baptist was imprisoned is an interesting … Continue reading Herod and Herodias
"There shouldn't be that type of hate in the world," says survivor Shaun Royster, as he wells up with tears on CBS news. The details of this horrific tragedy have been all over our screens since it happened in the early morning of June 12th. Investigations have been swift to uncover details, politicians have used … Continue reading Orlando