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Atheism and the New Conditions of Disbelief
In his book A Secular Age Charles Taylor shows how secularity in his definition:...
The End of a Privileged Place
A recent article in “Countercurrent News” regarding the ongoing scandal of pedophilia...
Uncertainty is Our Only Hope
Living with uncertainty is our only hope that God will laugh with...
Jews, Muslims, and Christians Restoring American Ideals
Unity and political solidarity and action are the only way to overturn...
Fire and Fury, Will Korean Christians Survive?
a war on the Korean Peninsula? I wonder. Dallas’ own Robert Jeffress...
Romans 1 and Same-Sex Relations
The key to understanding any passage in the Bible is surely grasping...
Marriage Isn't a Matter of Doctrine
In a recent article in First Things Paul Stallsworth makes observations about...
"Can the West Be Converted?"
I hope not. The great missionary theologian Lesslie Newbigen asked this question...
Culture Eats Ideology for Lunch
The economist Peter Drucker nailed an important truth in this pithy saying....
Telling Truth in Public is Civil, not War
PJames Ragland has suggested that the debate about Dallas' civil war monuments...
Do We Believe in the Same God?
I get asked this question often when it comes to people of...
We Need a Re-write
The story of United Methodism has gotten boring. We all have a...
Our Culture of Fear
No group can ever enjoy a semblance of true civil rights when its...
ACT for Ignorance
Recent Anti-Shari’a demonstrations hosted by ACT for America have shown us once...
Binary BS and PC Politics
When the choices seem simple its probably because you’ve already stepped in...
The Death of Civil Discourse or a New...
A recent Wall Street Journal editorial declared that civil discourse is in...
Everything Dies Baby That's a Fact
The "Dr." on my calling card represents a PhD in history from...
Singing our Faith, or Undermining it?
Who can object to an effort to affirm both faith and learning!...
Christian Theology: a Congenital Defect
Am I fearfully and wonderfully made? I learned at age 59 that...
Political Correctness or Political Culture?
You have your ups and downs. Years ago a professor (Stanley Hauerwas)...
INRI - An Insult at the Heart of...
As I turned into a parking lot I saw something on the van...
Cross-Talk in the UMC
With the United Methodist Judicial Council meeting next week to consider several...
The Fear Factor in Texas Politics
As she stretched my muscles until a tear rolled dripped into the...
Our God is too Small
On Easter Sunday as I listen to the familiar hymns I’m contemplating...
Privilege and the Loss of Personhood
I recently read a book review that got me thinking about privilege. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/book-party/wp/2017/03/23/the-last-thing-on-privilege-youll-ever-need-to-read....
At the Intersection of Exclusion
An editorial in the New York Times on Wednesday March 8th, a...
Fear and Loathing in the AG's Office
Texas State Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office just sent a letter that demonstrates...
Restoring Civilization: Whose Babies?
“‘Culture and demographics are our destiny” according to Representative Steve King. Well depending...
The Dis-Uniting of Methodist Christianity - When Dialogue...
Christian Churches, from local congregations to Annual Conferences (or Diocese or Presbyteries or...
America's Forever Immigrants
It has often been said the the United States was founded on...
What is a White Supremacist?
Let's keep this fast: You don't have to be an Arian Nation...
Its Not a Muslim Ban - Its Worse
Atlanta airport, T-Gates. A radio talk show features a debate on...
The Anti-Semitism in the Heart of Christianity
Anti-Judaism is as old as the United States of America. Indeed, it is...
In a few hours i’ll fly out of Tel Aviv to return...
What Makes a Sacred Space Real?
On Facebook I’ve been posting pictures of visits to various sites in Israel...
When Inter-religious Dialogue Isn't Enough
I’ve been in Israel and the Palestinian territories nearly 20 times in...
When God's Story Becomes Boring
Among the many pills my doctor advises me to take each day...
Death Comes to All Things
Live Large in the New Year! I usually try to understand fully...
The Hollowness of Ethics Without Relationships
I've been thinking about why the carefully crafted statements from all sides...
No Freedom Outside the Box
I have suggested that we need wide open public spaces if we...
A Little Discomfort in Public Places
I have lived in many different cultural contexts around the world. And...
Banning the Burqa: the New Exile
The core value of modern democracy is the liberation achieved by participation...
Will the Real Islam Please Stand Up?
Yesterday a journalist called me. Billboards have appeared around Dallas with a...
The Moral Divide
The recent election should help clarify what is (or should be) immediately...
You Can't See When You Turn Your Back
In an earlier blog I suggested that in the United States there were...
How to Lose - Language and Exclusion
Every election is a negotiation. And the most dangerous thing for any...
How to Lose an Election - Wealth as...
Every election is a negotiation, usually cross-cultural, between a candidate and the...
Divided We Fall - Thank God
Today (Nov 5) the Dallas Morning News ran an commentary explaining 10...
We are Not Electing a Pastor and Chief
As Donald Trump’s behavior, verbal and otherwise has become increasingly outrageous his...
Is God Great?
Sunday morning I heard something unsettling. We were invited to join in...
We Live in Different Worlds
A CNN interview has been posted to my Facebook page. Those posting...
The Bible Reconsidered and a Divided Church
It may not seem controversial today, but I suspect that a single...
The Bible on Non-Christian Religions
What does the Bible say about non-Christian Religions? The simple answer is...
The Assimilation Debate
Recently Facebook, bringer of many things, brought me two. The first was...
The Real Schism, It's Not What you Think.
The United Methodist church appears to be following other major protestant denominations...
Depravity and Political Discourse
Among the many things that some Christians believe one is the doctrine...
Let's Talk about Burkhinis!
So I’m trolling through Facebook postings and I find an article on...
You Can't Love People and Hate Their Religion
In the Christian polemic against Muslims a common theme emerges. A specific...
All Good Belongs to God
Luke 11:14 Now he was casting out a demon that was mute; when...
The Re-Paganing of America and God's Eternal Word
We need a little less extra ecclesiam nulla salus and a little...
The Kentucky Ark - Is it Really Christian?
In Northwestern Kentucky a new religion has appeared - with its temple...
The Bright Heart of Dallas
In the last 48 hours the city of Dallas has reeled with...
It Isn't About Us. Really.
The New York Times recently ran yet another “why aren’t Westerns outraged”...
You are Asking the Wrong Questions!?
More than once in the last week I've been told that when...
Istanbul, Could It Happen Anywhere? No.
A day after the bombings in the airport in Istanbul the BBC...
Belief Cannot Make Us One
There is no universal human expression of timeless truth. Humans can neither...
The End of Babel
I’m thinking about the cities in the Bible. The seven cities in...
Orlando and Religious Law - We have a...
John 18:29: So Pilate went out to them and said, “What accusation...
Love Minus Zero / No Limit?
In the last blog I offered that God reveals God’s self in...
Everyone Revises - The Question is Where to...
In the previous blog I explored why the dispute between traditionalists and...
We Believe Before We Read
"Ever since his own day Tyndall’s translation has been blamed for being...
Orthodoxy: You Cannot Return by that Door
Steve Rankin, laying out an agenda for scholars concerned with orthodoxy says...
Do Christians have Anything to Learn about God?
I’ve recently been engaged in reading about a movement within United Methodism...
Intelligence under Attack II
American Christians become so obsessed with the supposed attacks by secularists and...
Intelligence Under Attack Part I
Inside the US the attack on intelligence by Ted Cruz’ new foreign...
The Great Divorce
No - not the excellent book by CS Lewis - I just...
Progressive Christianity: An Appreciation
This is the second of two blogs on the Evangelical - Progressive...
Evangelicalism: an Appreciation
This is the first of three blogs on the Evangelical - Progressive...
The End of Terror
Brussels. Istambul. Lahore. And a thousand other places that we didn’t hear...
Easter is a Gateway to the Ordinary
We all overthink it; that hard question about what becomes of us...
A Sign of Hope from the House of...
The best way to insure human rights in a modern society is...
Forget God, Interreligious Understanding begins with Anthropology
The single most important question in interreligious dialogue today is not theological....
God in Bethlehem, God in Mecca?
The question of whether Christians and Muslims worship the same God is...
There is no God but God. Is it...
Who will be the watchman on the wall to warn when danger...
Is Jesus the Reason for the Season? No.
"Jesus is the reason for the season." I keep hearing it: the...
At Wheaton: No God but Our God
A Wheaton Professor, Larycia Alaine Hawkins has been suspended for posting on...
Concerning Armed Demonstrations At Mosques
Yesterday a group of prominent Dallas religious leaders of all faiths met...
How to Disempower ISIS and Why We Are...
To understand anyone you have to ask how do they understand themselves....
Dialogue or Death
Or at least irrelevance. I note that in major cities across the...
Is it Hate Speech?
I recently stated in an interview that pastor Robert Jeffress’ statements “Islam...
The Darkness in the Heart of Dallas
If Dallas is going to be the city it wants to be...
Freedom from Religion: Maybe a Good Idea.
A young man lies in a hospital bed after a sports accident....
The blood hadn’t dried and the bodies were still warm when Job’s...
A Level Playing Field in Missouri?
Offensive racial, ethnic, and religious slurs are means of asserting power and...
Do Unto Others . . . ? Not...
Imagine for a minute that you live in a country where Christians...
Activists versus Dialogue at the Parliament.
"Would the fundamentalists have shown up for a pluralistic conference that respects...
"We the People of the United States, in order to form a...
True Religion at the Parliament of World Religions...
Now that I’ve seen people shouted down, I’m certainly not speaking up. ...
How to Stop ISIS Recruiting
At the Council for Foreign Relations lunch there was a vigorous and...
Buddhist and Muslim Dialogue for the Earth
The word sacred has two related dimensions. One dimension of something sacred...
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