Monthly Archives: January 2016

Year of Mercy: Fortress Abolished

(4) Pope Francis declares mercy to be the means for the Church to break out of a fortress mentality.  Mercy makes the Church “a”living sign of the Father’s love in the world.” I cannot think of anything more needed in … Continue reading

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UMC: They Owe Us Something

Having just read Thomas Lambrecht’s “Methodism at the Crossroads” article (Good News magazine, January-February 2016), I am moved to make an appeal. Each of the major proposals regarding the future of the UMC with respect to human sexuality appears (at … Continue reading

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Church: Biblical Marriage

As a person who seeks to be a responsible student (notice I did not say “expert scholar”) when exploring topics of interest and importance, the recent sanctions of the Episcopal Church USA by the Primates of the Anglican Communion has … Continue reading

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Year of Mercy: All Doors Open

(3) God moves us to pay concentrated and prolonged attention to particular things.  We cannot take in all the wonders of God at once.  The Spirit has moved in the heart of Pope Francis to call us to spend this … Continue reading

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Editorial: The Choice

As the world turns civically and religiously, we face a fork-in-the-road choice: to be relational or rejective toward those with whom we disagree.  The choice sets a trajectory that gathers to itself many other things as it moves forward.  The … Continue reading

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Christianity & Culture: Wheaton-Hawkins #4

It is not within my capacity to follow the Wheaton-Hawkins situation as it proliferates into an array of primary and secondary factors.  So, unless there is something else specifically to address, I will use this as my final post.  For … Continue reading

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Year of Mercy: Depth

(2) Pope Francis gets straight to the point in explaining why he declared the “Year of Mercy”–it is what God most longs to give, and what we most long to receive. God’s desire to have mercy is our salvation.  This … Continue reading

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