Learning to Lead: Lamb-style

It's early - 5:30 or so, when I hear the first birds of morning as light and sound bid me to wake and join the living.  I lay in bed and ponder what Wednesday must have been like for Jesus during that week between the height of popularity and the unified chorus of "crucify him!" spewed from the lips of the jealous, and the angry, and the fearful.  The all knowing Jesus knew of his own impending death.  We know, too, that this was to be the moment in his life when his own will crossed that of the … [Read more...]

Young Young Adult Exodus from the Faith – and what to do about it (II)

Last week I posted some thoughts about a recent survey by George Barna, which offers insight into the reasons people between 18 and 30 are leaving the faith.  I addressed the first three reasons in that post, which could be summarized as: 1) churches are overprotective  2) the experience of God and spirituality offered in churches seems shallow and 3) churches come across as antagonistic towards science.This post looks at the final three complaints, along with some closing thoughts at the e … [Read more...]

The Problem of God – The Solution of Christ

I watched a movie recently entitled "God on Trial", which recounts a trial held in an Auschwitz bunkhouse by Jews who have accused God of breaking His covenant with His people.  The dialogue, questions, and accusations, are not for the faint of faith, for they bring questions about God's character to the surface.  God sanctions, and even commands genocides, inflicts plagues, makes David's son die for David's sin, and calls for children who disobey their parents to be executed.  We read these st … [Read more...]

The political problem: policy trumps people

I posted this picture on my Facebook account recently and oh my!  People do feel strongly about Wall Street, and the Wall Street occupiers, about personal responsibility, government incompetence, and who's to blame for the mess we're in.  My friends fall broadly into two camps:BLAME THE GOVERNMENT. We're in this mess because the banking system is greedy and corrupt, and the government is either: a) spending too much; b) beholden to special interest groups; c) in bed with a global economy t … [Read more...]

“Individual Morality” = Oxymoronic Half Truth

A recent NY Times editorial exposes the reality that emerging generations have almost no sense of ethic and morality because, as they've been taught by our culture, "morality is a personal, individual matter."  It appears that, aside from the most obvious moral issues, such as the wrongness of rape and murder, 18-23 year olds have no consensus on issues like cheating on a test, driving drunk, or cheating on one's partner.When asked about the rightness or wrongness of situations that, in other … [Read more...]

“Individual Morality” = Oxymoronic half-truth

A recent NY Times editorial exposes the reality that emerging generations have almost no sense of ethic and morality because, as they've been taught by our culture, "morality is a personal, individual matter."  It appears that, aside from the most obvious moral issues, such as the wrongness of rape and murder, 18- to 23-year-olds have no consensus on issues like cheating on a test, driving drunk, or cheating on one's partner.When asked about the rightness or wrongness of situations that, in … [Read more...]

Ethics: A system, a sound byte, or a person?

Dietrich Bonhoeffer had a lot to say about Ethics, and with good reason.  A pastor/theologian by heart, he was committed to the way of Jesus which, by all his understanding, meant a way of non-violence.  In spite of this, he ultimately became part of a conspiracy to assassinate Hitler.  The reasons behind his decision are far beyond the scope of this post, but central to this post is Bonhoeffer's belief that ethics flow from a person, not a system.The questions that have come out of this past S … [Read more...]


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