Reclaiming and Re-re-defining “Evangelical”

The word “evangelical” has become fraught with all kinds of difficulties.  This is a sad state of affairs because it is a very good word.  Nonetheless, a significant number of Christians who by their beliefs fit the term have stopped using it as a self-reference, preferring “classical” or “orthodox” or even “traditional” or maybe the […]

Winning Strength Out of Weakness

(I preached the following sermon at the annual Lifewatch Service [lifewatch.org] yesterday in Simpson Chapel in the United Methodist Building in Washington, DC.  It is based on the scripture text, Hebrews 11:32-28.)   The Apostle Paul, in the fourth chapter of Second Corinthians, summarizes the experience he and his traveling companions had as witnesses and […]

Hats Off to John Calvin

Again, friends, my blog posts are coming much too slowly.  However, follow this link for a post I wrote for Christian History. https://www.christianhistoryinstitute.org/blog/post/im-not-supposed-to-like-calvin/  

Show Them, Teach Them, Walk with Them

(Occupied with other matters, I have not posted on this blog in a long time.  The following is a sermon I preached recently in the chapel at Perkins School of Theology for the Course of Study School.  I occasionally say that we preachers are all “Johnny One Note.”  We typically have a dominant theme in […]

The Problem is Still Theological

A friend of mine pointed me yesterday to a tweet that states flatly, “‘Orthodoxy’ is code for white privilege, homophobia, racism and sexism.”  There you have it.  One group of United Methodists thinks another group of United Methodists (1) stubbornly persists in holding to long-discredited beliefs and (2) uses those long-discredited beliefs to exclude others. […]

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