When you feel like judging your neighbor…

I can be pretty judgmental. It's one of my many failings. I read something about the topic a few weeks back that has stuck with me. It's from Bruce Marshall's novel, The Word, The Flesh, and Father Smith:Always remember that you can't see into other people's souls, but you can see into your own, and so as far as you know there is nobody alive more wicked and ungrateful to Almighty God than yourself.A helpful reminder. While we sometimes have to make calls on what people say or do, we … [Read more...]

Praying for grace instead of judging others

Duke Ellington

What if instead of judging others, we saw their failings as our own?Some years back I read Duke Ellington's autobiography, Music is My Mistress. A statement he made about withholding judgement of others really stuck with me."We should recognize that everybody is capable of making a mistake," he said, "and we should not raise any more hell about somebody else's mistakes than we expect to be raised when we make one. Who does not make mistakes? Who is not limited? Everybody but God."A … [Read more...]

On judging Joel Osteen

On judging Joel Osteen

It turns out that criticizing Joel Osteen ruffles feathers. Perhaps this shouldn't surprise. His congregation is more than forty-thousand strong, his sermons air worldwide, and his book sales are stratospheric. He's got more than a few fans available to take offense at someone holding his feet to the fire.In response to my piece Friday, "The insufferable Joel Osteen," several people said that I was "judging" Osteen, which is a considerable no-no. I was told I should be ashamed and that I … [Read more...]


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