The Real Test of our Faith

“The real test of our faith is not how well we love those who are most like us, but how well we love those who are least like us.” Ben Irwin, “ISIS, Genocide, and the Real Test of Whom We Love” The quote is so important that I made two memes, in the hope that different [Read More…]

The Best Medicine for Fundamentalism

The online devotional reflection by John Edgerton that the above quote is taken also includes the statement that provides the title of this post: “I believe Bible study is the best medicine for fundamentalism.” Click through to read it.     [Read more…]

Christian Diversity and Love of Enemies

“Christianity has always been diverse, and has long been plagued by a tendency toward reciprocal condemnation and exclusion of others who have different opinions than our own, as we have proved time and again to be unable to apply the demand of Jesus that we love our enemies to those who are ‘enemies’ only of [Read More…]

Sarcasm is my Spiritual Gift

The title of this post comes from something that a church member said in a discussion of spiritual gifts in Sunday school a while back. I think it would make a great t-shirt. While acknowledging that the phrase “spiritual gifts” adds things not present in the Greek used by Paul, we still explored what the [Read More…]

A Simple Formula, A Handy Guide

The quote comes from Sheila Kennedy’s blog post, “The Uses and Abuses of Religion.” Click through to read her own simpler formula than her son’s (which includes an expletive). [Read more…]

Leaving American Christianity Behind?

Rachel Held Evans shared the above words, in a post which also says “even the most painful religious experiences cannot simply be discarded. They must be confronted, molded, repurposed.  It’s a messy, sacred process” and “Yes, we are called to grow and mature, and yes, our convictions and denominational affiliations will likely change, but I’ve found [Read More…]

Merry Christmas!

It is Christmas, so I will keep this brief. I hope you have a merry Christmas – and even if you don’t celebrate the holiday, I wish you a very happy day!   [NOTE: Please be advised that the holiday greeting above is offered in the spirit of the Articles of Christmas which I have posted [Read More…]

A Message to Parents in Greenville, Virginia

Readers of this blog have presumably heard the news about a small number of parents in Greenville, Virginia who complained and threatened to pull their children out from school because children were learning about world religions, and one activity involved trying to imitate the calligraphy in which the Arabic statement of faith was written on the worksheet. [Read More…]

Called to Convert

The quote comes from a Facebook status update by Jesse Dooley, shared here with his permission. [Read more…]

Own Your Protestantism

The quote above comes from a post by Richard Beck. Here’s what follows immediately after: Protestantism was created when Martin Luther was asked to recant his teachings at the Diet of Worms, asked to submit to the magisterium (teaching authority) of the church. There Luther famously declared: “To go against conscience is neither right nor [Read More…]