Wanted: Virtuous Christians

(The following meditation I delivered in our campus Ash Wednesday service today.  God’s blessings on you.) The English language, like all languages, is a living, changing thing.  And sometimes its features are rather amusing.  Take, for example, contronyms, words with contradictory meanings.  They mean one thing and the opposite of that one thing at the […]

Reversing the Implosion

In a previous post, I talked about United Methodism’s implosion.  Of course, we are not a building.  We are a people.  Hence, the implosion can be reversed.  What do we do to make the reversal happen?  It’s time for me to get constructive. First and above all, we must get serious about how we catechize […]

Where Was God?

The blogosphere is in hyperdrive over the Newtown tragedy.  I’ve already weighed in once and am still thinking.  How does one offer perspectives that very well may sound harsh and uncaring, but are meant as pastoral reflections?  I shall try. For a small town that prides itself on being warm and welcoming, to have such […]

Grown-Up Discipleship: Loving Enemies

John Wesley begins the concluding paragraph of his third discourse on the Sermon on the Mount in this way: “Behold Christianity in its native form; as delivered by its great Author!  This is the genuine religion of Jesus Christ.” When you consider the subject Mr. Wesley has been addressing to get him to this conclusion, […]

How Do We Think about Israel/Palestine?

The conflicts of Israel and Palestine, always simmering and recently boiling over, have entered our awareness again.  Again, we confront the tensions of viewpoints and the complexities of opinion about whom to hold responsible and what to do.  Academics wax on about complexities.  Pragmatists and advocates demand action.  Most of us, as usual, are caught […]

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