Thoughts on Eugene Peterson’s Christian Repartee

by Wendy MurrayI have been saying for a long time that Christians who devote much distemper and judgmentalism to the LGBT community are hypocrites and ought to apologize. I was reminded why I’ve been saying it in the wake of the tumult created when the beloved elder, writer, and pastor Eugene Peterson made charitable statements about his gay friends and church-goers. In an interview with Jonathan Merritt published by RNS, he was asked, “What’s your position on the morality of same-sex re … [Read more...]

The Troubling Matter of Medical NonCompliance

by Wendy Murray In keeping with my posts this month -- Mental Health Awareness month -- I include below an account of an experience I had with a medical professional who proved unhelpful and even belligerent in my attempt to seek her help in withdrawing from my antidepressant. I have learned that this story is typical and many patients, like myself, contend with unhelpful doctors.  I want to be clear that, even as I write about my experience with this one professional, I also saw several other … [Read more...]

The City of God v The City of Man

by Wendy MurrayAmid the perpetual dissent that arises from President Trump’s many actions and policies, I have been perplexed by some who have appealed to the teachings of Jesus as the reason for standing against him. (This has been especially true in the case of his Executive Order on the status of refugees coming from hostile countries.) Some Christian leaders have gone so far as to say that a person cannot support Donald Trump while calling him or herself a Christian.  Many th … [Read more...]

What Was Muhammad’s Intention for Islam?

by Wendy MurrayI heard a pundit say recently that “Jesus probably would have been okay with Muslims; he was around a lot of Muslims -- it was the Middle East.” That was the moment I decided the time had come for a brief refresher on the beginnings of Islam and the paradigm forged by its founder, Muhammad. What was his intention for his new-found system of belief? How did he determine to advance it? Just as--in trying to understand Christians one must continually look to the person of Jesu … [Read more...]

Moneychangers Part 5 ~ Q & A with Ben Zoba

This post concludes the five-part podcast series titled Moneychangers, in which we have explored with civic activist, Ben Zoba, the inherent flaws of the current money system, its spiritual implications, and ways to move toward a new paradigm. As mentioned in previous podcasts, Ben does not presume to be an expert on the intricacies of these matters, though he has researched them extensively. He speaks smartly and with the passion of a man under conviction,  believing that what is at stake under … [Read more...]

Moneychangers Part 4 ~ Beginning points toward a better way

A Conversation with Ben Zoba about Money, Part 4In this installment -- the fourth with Ben Zoba about the failures of the current money system -- we discuss some models of how others have explored and successfully appropriated a new paradigm for financial exchange. He highlights, for example, the Wir credit exchange, in Switzerland, which has experienced great success; Ellen Brown's work, which explores a public banking system (through the government) over against the current private b … [Read more...]

Moneychangers ~ Part 3: The psychological effect of money scarcity

In this third installment of our conversation with local farmer and community activist, Ben Zoba, he explores the hidden psychological impact of people trying to flourish in an environment of monetary scarcity. Building upon the points discussed in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, Ben makes the case that the manufactured scarcity of money creates a social environment that indirectly sets citizens against one another as each contends for limited funds to build their lives and aspire toward … [Read more...]