The Rule of Good Intentions and Unintended Consequences

*The opinions expressed here are my own (or those of the guest writer); I do not speak for any other person, group or organization; nor do I imply that the opinions expressed here reflect those of any other person, group or organization unless I say so specifically. Before commenting read the entire post and the “Note to commenters” at its end.* The Rule of Good Intentions and Unintended ConsequencesIn my considered opinion, based on my own personal life experiences and ref … [Read more...]

Coming Soon…Please Watch for These Here!

*The opinions expressed here are my own (or those of the guest writer); I do not speak for any other person, group or organization; nor do I imply that the opinions expressed here reflect those of any other person, group or organization unless I say so specifically. Before commenting read the entire post and the “Note to commenters” at its end.*Coming Soon…Please Watch for These Here!Now that I have reluctantly decided to return to blogging I have had to decide where to begin and with wha … [Read more...]

An Oldie but Goodie: The Difference between Patriotism and Nationalism

*The opinions expressed here are my own (or those of the guest writer); I do not speak for any other person, group or organization; nor do I imply that the opinions expressed here reflect those of any other person, group or organization unless I say so specifically. Before commenting read the entire post and the “Note to commenters” at its end.*I return now to blogging with a repeat of last year's (July, 2015) essay relevant to America's "Independence Day" celebration also known as the "Fo … [Read more...]

Back by Popular Demand (But Changed)

A week ago I announced my retirement from blogging. Since then I have been inundated with messages (here but also by e-mail and telephone) of regret, appreciation, consolation and pleas to change my mind. The outpouring of such messages has been, of course, flattering and encouraging. Yet, I still wrestle with "Should I stay or should I go?" (To borrow a phrase from a contemporary television commercial.) The decision to quit blogging, once made, was a relief; I felt a huge burden lifted off my … [Read more...]

Thanks to Everyone for Your Kind Words of Appreciation!

I am sorry I am not able to respond to every appreciative comment; there have been many since I announced the end (for now) of this blog. I will miss all of you who have interacted with me even in critical ways that were civil and helpful. I feel uplifted and encouraged by the many expressions of appreciation and even regret about my decision. I hope Patheos will keep my blog alive for those who want to search for and read my past blogs.Roger Olson … [Read more...]

Some Things I Have Learned from Blogging (And a Goodbye for Now)

It's been an interesting experience. I mean blogging. I have published here somewhere around 1,200 essays--including those I posted to my blog at www.rogereolson.com before joining Patheos. Recently I have begun to feel that I have said all I have to say and am simply repeating myself or saying things that do not need to be said.From this experience, writing this blog and moderating the comments (and reading and hearing private feedback), I have learned how difficult, in some cases … [Read more...]

What Is an “Evangelical?”

What Is an “Evangelical?”To learn quickly and simply what an “evangelical Christian” is you can do no better than peruse the web site of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) at www.nae.net. There, on the web site’s “front page” you will find links to such defining tools as the NAE Statement of Faith and answer to “What Is an Evangelical?”The NAE does not claim to speak for all evangelical Christians, but it is far and away the most important and historically influential organiza … [Read more...]


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