We are living in very polarizing times today. In the United States, it has become increasingly difficult to hold a conversation about a political topic with people who disagree with you. Friendships and family relationships have become frayed and painful. Family gatherings, such as Thanksgiving, have in some families become times of great anxiety and … Continue reading Praying Together About the Things We Can’t Talk About
I have an idea for a blog post. It has to do with faith, but before I post it, I want to test a hypothesis I have. So I would very much like your help. Please consider taking a nine-question survey for me. All the questions are multiple-choice. It should take just two minutes of … Continue reading I’d Like Your Thoughts
So here's what happened. We'll start last Thursday. Last Thursday evening, I led a Bible Study, the first in a six-session series on the book of Revelation. Afterward, I felt guilty, and I wrote a blog post about it. In that post, I shared how terrible I felt, and how much I had done wrong. … Continue reading Finding Other Voices
So tonight we had our first session of the Bible Study I'm leading on the book of Revelation. And I feel horrible afterward. Why do I always have to be this way? We had a few visitors from other churches, and instead of welcoming them, I think I just simply turned them off. I found … Continue reading Bible Study or just Arrogance?
Day 6 of Walking and Blogging. I got 11,804 steps in so far today, and I'm about to blog. So, a successful day 6. The local funeral home is less than a half mile from my church. I generally walk there when I have a funeral. This evening, I had a viewing to attend, and … Continue reading Funerals are Good
What happened today was a long time coming. I have to start from the beginning. Forty-two years ago, I was baptized at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Breakerville, a small town in the coal regions of Pennsylvania. (I’ve changed the names of both the church and the town, for reasons you'll get to in a … Continue reading Moving the Source of Darkwater
I've been reading through the gospel of Mark, chapter 7, and I came upon this passage (verses 6-8): He said to them, “Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts … Continue reading On Teaching Human Precepts as Doctrine