A Few Thoughts on Day 2 of the GOP Convention – Paul Ryan Made a Huge Tactical Error

Paul Ryan’s speech was the center of attention last night. He riled up the crowd and went after Obama. What he did not do was stick to the truth. After his speech I have decided that we not only need federally fund elections, but every person running for office should have to swear an oath [Read More…]

I Am Not My Brother’s Keeper – And Other Lessons from Terence Fretheim

So I’m auditing this course at NTS under Terrence Fretheim. He’s brilliant, and here’s how I know it. About once an hour Fretheim completely messes with some deeply held belief of mine. Here are a few examples: “Let us create humankind in our image.” I’ve always taught this as a Trinitarian reference. God is the [Read More…]

GOP Convention: A Few Random Thoughts

A few random thoughts on the GOP Convention last night. I enjoyed listening to Mrs. Romney, who so clearly loves her husband and was an engaging speaker. Her speech was touching, sweet at times and made me like her quite a lot. I already tend to like Mitt Romney, but she made me like him [Read More…]

10 Guidelines for How to Read the Bible

The Bible is essential to the Christian faith. Some read it literally, some don’t, and there is a never ending discussion over the peculiar descriptor “innerancy.” Christians make many claims about the Bible, how they read it, and how they use it in worship and life. As a pastor I have observed that most Christians [Read More…]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I suffer from the chronic inability to escape my own point of view. This was pointed out to me today regarding the reading of scripture, but I think it applies across the whole of my life. I confess that I believe this means that the most important learning I’ll ever do is learning [Read More…]

Living with Paradox: Learning to be Serious About the Questions

Some Sunday Wisdom from Richard Rohr: I don’t think the important thing is to be certain about answers nearly as much as being serious about the questions. When we hold spiritual questions, we meet and reckon with our contradictions, with our own dilemmas; and we invariably arrive at a turning point where we either evade [Read More…]

Rick Warren Bails on Religious Forum Citing Political Rancor as the Reason

Four years ago Saddleback held a forum with the two major candidates that was praised as fresh new alternative to the joint press conferences that debates have turned into. This year they had another planned but they pulled the plug. Warren said, “We created the civil forums to promote civility and personal respect between people [Read More…]

If Jim Carrey and Damon Wayans Ran a Church…

Just a little bit of Friday Funny…   [Read more…]

Conservative/Liberal Hatred is a Sign of Immaturity

Every week or so I read an article about the historic partisanship of the present day. Rancor between liberals and conservatives is at an all time high. Often the writer will claim partisanship is good: opposing views will be articulated by their strongest advocates. Is that really what happens? Liberals claim that conservatives hate the [Read More…]

The Poorest Fifth of Americans Out-give the Richest Fifth – Guess which Candidate Bucks the Trend?

Andrew Sullivan had an interesting take at The Dish this week. He notes that a key component of any plan to reduce the amount of money the U.S. government spends on entitlement programs will have to involve churches, ministries, and not-for-profit groups. These groups will have to shoulder more of the burden for caring for [Read More…]