Not “Illegals,” but Brothers and Sisters: Reflections of a Former Missionary

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Yuriy and Van lived in a much nicer neighborhood than we were used to. Most of the investigators we taught in the Little Saigon region of Orange County, California were poor immigrants who lived in either very humble homes or in apartments of varying conditions. Yuriy and Van lived in an upper middle class neighborhood with few recent immigrants.Yet, Yuriy and Van were recent immigrants, though with a twist. Yuriy was Russian and spoke no English or Vietnamese. Van was Vietnamese but she was … [Read more...]

Approaching Justice is heading to San Jose #NN13

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The week of Netroots Nation 2013 has arrived. I will be in San Jose Thursday through Saturday.I will be missing the opening night bash with Howard Dean, because Shem's (11) final regular seasonbaseball game is on Wednesday night. That one was not even a contest.I will be arriving early Thursday and staying through Saturday. If you are at Netroots Nation 2013 and would like to get ahold of me, email me at approachingjustice@gmail.com.I am mostly focusing on sessions and panels … [Read more...]

Women as Chicks (Adventures in Parenting)

"Why are those chicks running so slow," asked Todd my 13-year-old son. We was wondering why the women in the long distance race on the television on the other side of Applebee's appeared to be running slow.They didn't seem to be going slow to me, but that did not play much into the conservation that followed."DO NOT refer to woman as chicks," I told him."What?" he asked defensively. "It is just another word for women or girls."Lyndee, my wife and … [Read more...]

Homosexuality Is Not a Sin

“Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin."Not sure if I hate the sin, but I hate this saying. Well, at least when used in reference to homosexuality.The primary reason that I bristle against this saying is that I reject the idea that homosexuality is a sin. We should love everyone, including sinners. So, I am not saying that we should instead hate the sinner.I am not rejecting the idea of sin at all. Instead, I am saying that the construct which frames homosexuality as a sin is figment of c … [Read more...]

No Liberals Here! (Adventures in Sunday School)

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Okay, it might be an exaggeration to call anything that happens at church an adventure. We will stick with the series title "Adventures in Sunday School" nonetheless. This is the start of series about the experiences of a theological and political liberal in a conservative church.On Sunday, my son (13) was told in Sunday School that he and his classmates were lucky that they did not grow up around liberals.These are the type of things my son loves sharing with mom and dad on the … [Read more...]

Charity vs. Justice part 2

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As a mainline protestant pastor it may be odd to be writing a post on a Mormon blog. But I got to know Chris Henrichsen through his run for congress in Wyoming and I really came to respect not only his campaign but the person behind it. We've had a number of discussions about religion, politics, and life in Wyoming and so I was invited to write for this site. This is my first attempt to do so.I wanted to follow up on a previous post on the difference between charity and justice because I … [Read more...]

“…they depict God as a monster moved solely by God’s own power and glory….” #rawlsreligion

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Following his experiences in World War II, John Rawls more and more moved away from Christianity. He explains that his difficulties were "always moral ones, since my fideism remained firm against all worries about the existence of God." (Rawls 2010, 263)Fideism is the view that there cannot be an evidence-based or scientific proof of the existence of God. Since, Rawls' view of the existence of God was not in question, his departure from Christianity was not an exodus towards Atheism, … [Read more...]


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