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...]

Tempest surrounding Bathrooms: Gender Controversy du Jour

Tempest surrounding Bathrooms: Gender Controversy du JourAgain, I fearlessly (not) go where angels fear to tread—out on a (possibly breaking) limb, onto thin ice, into a social-cultural minefield. But I think I may have some thoughts (or just musings) on the subject worth putting down on “paper” and asking others to consider.According to news reports the North Carolina legislature has passed a law requiring persons to use the public bathroom/restroom/locker room/changing room that corre … [Read more...]

On the Mystery and Meaning of Perspectives

On the Mystery and Meaning of PerspectivesThe title of this little blog post could be the title of a book! And perhaps someone has written it. I haven’t—yet. These are merely my musings about the subject sparked by a recent series of essays and letters about a television program.I live in the American city where a very popular television program produced by the cable channel HGTV (Home and Garden Television) is filmed and produced. The show is called “Fixer Upper” and stars a local couple … [Read more...]


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