Based on many of the Facebook posts that I see, it appears that many people are either choosing their candidates solely on the basis of their party or else because they despise the opposing candidate so much. Others have latched onto one issue and are choosing the candidate they’re going to vote for based on […]
To announce that you’re a Christian Pacifist is essentially saying that you love my enemies more than you love me.
The recent Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed in Indiana has produced responses ranging from raging hate to generous compassion. What’s going to be the final outcome of this tension-filled debate?
For the Christian Church, the Gospel reading for this past Sunday, the first Sunday in Lent, was Mark 1:9-15. In it, we see Jesus being baptized by John in the Jordan River inaugurating Jesus’ public ministry. I find a few things which are fascinating about this story. First, as Jesus was coming out of the […]
This article was written by a chaplain-friend of mine here at Fort Leonard Wood for publication in the post newspaper. In it, he offers a great explanation of the Christian season of Lent and encouragement for us to take advantage of this opportunity to improve on our relationship to God. A Special “thank you!” to Chaplain Gonzalez for […]
Just as I was thinking the service at chapel this morning didn’t offer much beyond the normal fare (no commentary on the preacher!), I was walking down the hallway to make my way outside to my car when I noticed a young boy, no older than 7 or 8, slowly and suspiciously slithering down the […]
In a speech on Wednesday (18 February 2015) to those gathered for “The Summit on Countering Violent Extremism,” President Obama worked hard to separate Islamic Extremists from “true” Islam. He refuses to refer to terrorist carrying out their violent acts in the name of Islam or Allah as “Islamic” (as they refer to themselves) but, as […]
I’m not an expert on Spiritual Disciplines and have to admit that I don’t practice many of them for very long, though I have periods in my life when I go to some of them for spiritual growth, renewal or to get through difficult seasons of life. However, this is the second post in as many […]
I haven’t thought much about Celebration of Discipline for a number of years, though my library contains 4 copies of it. Mine were published in 1978 (1st edition), 1988 (Revised and Expanded), 1998 (20th Anniversary Edition), and 2002 (Deluxe Edition). I also have Richard J. Foster’s Study Guide for Celebration of Discipline. While I’ve never used the Study Guide for group study, the […]
Every Christmas season, we are reminded of that famous newspaper article of years past assuring little Virginia that there is a Santa Claus. That was long ago, when Christmas brought with it many long-held traditions and getting through the season was simpler and not so hectic. Now, every year, it seems that the Christmas decorations […]
I’ve recently been engaged in several online discussions about American patriotism, allegiances, pacifism, Just War and military service. Those discussions have revealed that there are many deeply-held views on the use of violence in the pursuit of peace and justice. There are those from all along the theological spectrum who fervently argue either for the […]