Saving Hell

Saving HellNow National Geographic has stepped into the evangelical debate about hell ( (I do not make URLs here hyperlinks because, for whatever reason, hyperlinks I include always lead to the wrong place. Please simply cut and paste the URL into a web browser to read the article “The Campaign to Eliminate Hell” at National Geographic’s web site.)We have discussed hell here many times since the birth of … [Read more...]

A Serious Question about the Meaning of “Transgender”

A Serious Question about the Meaning of “Transgender”I think everyone would be helped by a better, clearer understanding of what people mean when they say they are “transgender” and when non-transgender people talk about the phenomenon of what I will call (to coin a word) “transgendering.” (One person here has corrected my language—as happens frequently when stepping onto ground protected by the “PC police”—and informed me the correct term is “transitioning.” That term, however, is too vague, … [Read more...]

A Pentecost Sermon: The Holy Spirit…

The Holy Spirit: Shy Member of the Trinity?Today is Pentecost Sunday. That’s our Christian celebration of the birth of the church as recounted in Acts 2. You know the story. Jesus’s disciples and others were gathered in an “upper room” in Jerusalem after Jesus’s death, resurrection, and ascension. He had told them to go there and wait to be “endued with power from on high” that would then make them witnesses to him throughout the world. As they were gathered there, celebrating the Jewish feas … [Read more...]

A Rare “Television” Entertainment Series about Religion: “The Path”

A Rare “Television” Entertainment Series about Religion: “The Path” (On Hulu)I subscribed to the internet-based streaming service Hulu to watch the mini-series based on my favorite Stephen King book 11-22-63 which is about a man who travels into the past to stop the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. I loved the book; I hated the mini-series. But I stuck with it to the bitter end in spite of so many plot changes from the book. One thing that intrigued me about the book was the town t … [Read more...]

A Question for Christian Supporters of U.S.A. Presidential Candidate Donald Trump

A Question for Christian Supporters of U.S.A. Presidential Candidate Donald TrumpHere’s my question to you—Christian supporters of Donald Trump for president of the United States: Why?Now, to prevent an avalanche of responses I can’t moderate, let me narrow the field of welcome responses that have a good chance of getting through and appearing here.First, campaigning for any candidate is not welcome; please don’t bother. It will be a waste of your time and mine. I will not post respon … [Read more...]

Is God always Gentle with Us? Calling for a Retrieval of a Balanced Biblical View of God

Is God always Gentle with Us? Calling for a Retrieval of the Balanced Biblical View of GodSometimes I think I should stop going to church; the cognitive dissonance I often experience is painful. As a veteran theologian I can’t help noticing theological faux pas in the worship services. One example is the common pulpit phrase “Let us build the Kingdom of God.” Nowhere does Scripture talk about us “building” the Kingdom of God and the phrase implies postmillennialism or an amillennialism that e … [Read more...]

Dreaming of the Ideal “Mission Trip”

Dreaming of the Ideal “Mission Trip”For those of you who don’t know what a “mission trip” is: Many churches of all denominations send their people, usually young people (but not always), on “mission trips” to work and witness in a different culture from their own. Often (but not always) such one-to-two-week excursions aim at a place far from home perceived to be “needy” in some sense. The church people go in vans, for example, pulling trailers loaded down with the mission trippers’ clothes an … [Read more...]