Tag Archive | Social Action

Love, Terrorism and Immigration

Love, Terrorism and Immigration

I’m not making a political statement, but I’ve been wondering how it became an injustice to not extend a privilege. Entry into any country other than your own is a privilege not a right. I remember traveling to many countries and actually wondering if I’d get in or be turned away. Not one of those […]

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Political Defeat as an Opportunity

Political Defeat as an Opportunity

I think I’ve done pretty good not commenting on politics this election season (either original posts or on others’ posts) like I have in past presidential elections. But while I’ve been relatively silent, I’ve been amazed at the wide range of feelings I’ve seen in my FB feed from both sides of the political and […]

Is “Gay” the New “Black”?

Is “Gay” the New “Black”?

Homosexual activists are quick to take advantage of any angle to give them an apparent edge or help them win a case in court. They have long maintained (even in the Church) that their pursuit of rights is similar to that of the civil rights movement of the 60s and the women’s rights movement of […]

Helping the Gospel Appeal to Everyone:  Reflections on True Story by James Choung

Helping the Gospel Appeal to Everyone: Reflections on True Story by James Choung

  Some of the primary concerns of young people today are care for the environment, relief for oppressed peoples, and the healing of other “systems” in their world that have been “damaged by evil” and are in need of restoration.  Being concerned, they often jump into the task of attempting to heal those systems without […]

Reflections on “The Steward Leader”

Reflections on “The Steward Leader”

Major Themes R. Scott Rodin begins with the point that in the Bible, leaders are not appointed but anointed for service.  He says, “The selection criterion for leadership was not based on who seemed most fit for the appointment, but on whom God had anointed for the task” (p. 14).  This is in contrast to […]

The Christian Life and the Liberal Right

The Christian Life and the Liberal Right

Originally posted on Juicy Ecumenism – The Institute on Religion & Democracy's Blog:
(Photo credit: The Pretty Padded Room) By Addie Darling Since the election, there have been numerous articles tolling the bell for the death of Christianity’s relevancy in the political sphere, as well as a continuing discussion over the future of Christian political activism. These…

Post Thanksgiving Hike and a Touching Methodist Civil War Story

Post Thanksgiving Hike and a Touching Methodist Civil War Story

This is a touching story of Christianity in action during and after the Civil War: (Reblogged from Juicy Ecumenism) Post Thanksgiving Hike and a Touching Methodist Civil War Story by Mark Tooley, President of IRD There’s no better place for a post Thanksgiving hike than Bull Run Battlefield in Virginia 30 miles outside Washington, DC. Although […]

Humanitarian Assistance Mission to Jangadam Afghanistan

Humanitarian Assistance Mission to Jangadam Afghanistan

It was an international activity as we convoyed about thirty minutes “outside the wire” to a nearby village in Afghanistan in December 2006. Our team was made up of Soldiers from my unit, the 25th Signal Battalion, as well as Soldiers from Base Operations (BASOPS) on Bagram Airbase. We were accompanied by 2 Polish gunners and met up with Soldiers from […]

The Crisis of a Second Obama Administration George Weigel

Here’s a good article for my “thinking” readers, from the Archdiocese of Denver website (linked to by Juicy Ecumenism). While written as a consideration of the Roman Catholic crisis it is equally applicable to Protestants.  We face/will face many of the same concerns as the Roman Catholic Church.  Instead of sitting back and letting the Roman Catholics […]

The Mission of God for the People of God (A Sermon on Luke 4:14-21)

The Mission of God for the People of God (A Sermon on Luke 4:14-21)

(This is a message I preached at Lebanon, Missouri Church of the Nazarene on October 21, 2012.  A small portion of this message previously appeared in this blog as “What is Good News to the Poor,” though this is now the complete message.  I have tweaked it a bit for better reading and added a […]