The Anger You Don’t Understand

One of the bloggers that I love to read is Rod Dreher.  While we share some similarities politically, we are on different sides of the same-sex marriage issue.  Rod has written a number of posts on what he sees as the coming troubles facing social conservatives as the opinion on gay marriage changes.  I decided to comment on a recent blog post.  One of the things he is bothered by is the meanness on the pro-SSM towards social conservatives.  While I agree that there has been a lot of spiking the ball on our side, I thought Rod needs to … Continue reading The Anger You Don’t Understand

Discipleship or Consumerism?

A few days ago, I was at a church retreat.  In response to a question on what challenges the church is facing, a woman remarked that one challenge is how people don’t really want to get involved in church.  They don’t see it as a life, as much as a place where they can get their needs met and be on their way. I was glad to see someone in the pews notice this.  It’s been a growing frustration of mine over the years.  Pastors are pushed in many ways to try to make their churches appealing to folk, especially … Continue reading Discipleship or Consumerism?

Occupy or Confess?

The whole Occupy Wall Street protests have been fascinating to watch. Even moreso is how Christians respond to the event. I know that there have been clergy taking part and other tweeting positively about the protests, which have now spread around the country. I’m not very sold on the whole thing.  Yes, they are talking about some important issues, but in many ways they tend to be the inverse of the Tea Party movement.  Where the Tea Partiers blame government for, well… everything, the Occupy folks blame corporations.  Instead of trying to find ways to alleviate the suffering that is … Continue reading Occupy or Confess?

Repost: Notes from a Reluctant Liberal Christian

The following post is from January of this year.  I’ve been wanting to write more on this topic and hope to do so in the near future.  For now, there’s this essay. A few years ago, a dear friend of mine described me as an evangelical turned liberal Protestant.  I remember blanching at that definition.  Politically, I tend to lean more center-right/libertarian.  Theologically, I’m pretty orthodox. But the fact is, I am a liberal Protestant these days.  I’m ordained into a mainline Protestant denomination (Disciples of Christ) and I have standing in another denomination that in some cases is the … Continue reading Repost: Notes from a Reluctant Liberal Christian

Life, Death, Steve Jobs and the Future of the Mainline Church

Steve Job’s commencement address in 2005 at Stanford University seems to be everywhere right now.  A whole host of media are sharing quotes from that speech.  Most of them are sharing this portion where he talks about death.  I guess I’ll join the throng and post that portion here: “No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention … Continue reading Life, Death, Steve Jobs and the Future of the Mainline Church

Jobs vs. Shuttlesworth

One blogger wonders about our priorities in the wake of the death of a prominent figure: Fred L. Shuttlesworth, a pioneer and central leader in the United States Civil-Rights Movement died at the age of 89. His legacy, which included risking his life, being imprisoned, inspiring the work of others who received more credit — such as Martin Luther King, Jr., was remembered with nearly no fanfare, little Internet and media coverage, and only the most nominal of acknowledgements in the press. It was thanks to the reminder of Prof. Ed McCormack of the Washington Theological Union that the significance … Continue reading Jobs vs. Shuttlesworth