Those Pesky Passions

I recently published a book on spiritual maturity and I’m going try to develop the habit of blogging regularly about themes related to the book.  This post is one and it touches on a very personal struggle. I continue to think about the challenges of Christian disciples growing to maturity – to the full measure […]

Too Much Erring on the Side of Grace?

I have often heard from among people of my own denominational ilk that we United Methodists are “people of grace.”  That’s true, in one sense.  Anybody who has gone to seminary or read certain writings on John Wesley’s theology run across terms like “prevenient grace,” “justifying grace” and “sanctifying grace.” We also talk about the […]

Identity and Acceptance

Sometime around 1985, if I remember correctly, in the middle of my seminary tutelage, I had a conversation with a fellow student that has stuck with me over the years.  I include the date so that the reader will know just how long this topic has been on my mind, not to mention how long we’ve been […]

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