Ash Wednesday Homily, 2015

The Apostle Paul confesses in Romans 7:18, “I can will what is right, but I cannot do it.” Saint Paul apparently struggled with New Years resolutions like the rest of us! Yet, one of the points of deepest confusion, even among Christians long active in the church and generally familiar with the church’s teachings, has […]

Begetting Children for the Murderer

A very important opportunity is going to waste in talks about the campus rape culture.   Rolling Stone reported on a gang rape in a fraternity house at the University of Virginia and has recently admitted “discrepancies” in the victim’s account.   Today’s Inside Higher Ed analyzes this situation, with observation from various experts.  The attention always falls on […]

Unavoidable Orthodoxy

“Orthodox” or “orthodoxy,” used not in reference to church bodies often known as “Eastern” Orthodox, but in the more formal sense of “adhering to right beliefs,” has been much on my mind lately.  Today, I posted on my Facebook timeline a Religion News piece (here) about Rob Bell, former pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church. […]

Exposing Bad Thinking: An Illustration of Why Method Matters

My most recent post spoke to the importance of good method in having arguments.  I follow up here with a specific example to show why it matters in crucially practical ways.) A recent flurry of blog posts and “sharing” among United Methodists reveals some of the problems we need to avoid if we’re going to […]

Methods: More than Sharing Stories and Naming Sources

In a couple of different ways and places, lately, I’ve expressed an opinion about what is wrong with current United Methodist debates and what is needed.  My recent post about labels shared a personal experience illustrating the frustration of having people look past what I say and assigning a label that they then use to […]

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