Response to an Agnostic

I never really know when I start the day what questions, comments or challenges may come up but they are often interesting. This past week was no exception. On March 13 “Gary” posted a comment to Dr. Tom Howe’s blog, “Brian McLaren, ‘Is Jesus the Only Way to What?,’ Part 1” Gary’s opening line really caught my attention: As an agnostic, humanist, and naturalist, I am sure that you view me as the enemy. … Continue reading

Obama, ISIS, Christianity, Comment and Question

Conservatives and Evangelicals nearly lost their minds when, on February 5 at the National Prayer Breakfast, Barack Obama drew a moral equivalency between the ISIS beheadings and burnings of those ISIS captures with the Crusades, Inquisition, Jim Crow laws, etc. Hmmm. On the same day we had a response to our blog Is ISIS Islamic? which opined: Is your site always full of mindless drivel or just on days that end in “y”? The problem … Continue reading

Is ISIS Islamic?

Not long ago Barack Obama proclaimed, “ISIL is not Islamic.” Certainly he has a right to express his opinion, no matter how uninformed or perhaps emotionally informed he may be but that doesn’t make his declaration correct or accurate. I have always been intrigued by those who want to define faith claims by something other than the historical teachings on the essentials of the faith by its adherents as well as the definitions provided in … Continue reading

Persecuted, but not forsaken

As I write this we are nearing voting day. By the time it posts the election will be over and, most likely, barring hanging chads, miss programmed voting machines and run offs, the results will be known. Will liberals hold on to the political power or will conservatives capture the Senate and hold the House? Will either one make a substantial difference? I am not sure. What I am sure of is that we live … Continue reading

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality or Something else?

(Originally printed in the Spring 2010 Issue of the MCOI Journal page 6) The entire world seems to be turning away from using rational understanding toward a reliance on mystical means as a basis for life.1 Is the Emergent Church hyphenated or regurgitated? It all depends on whom you ask. I believe readers are astute enough to be able to discern that, and they will when they look at this analysis of a recent book. … Continue reading

Things that Steve McSwain Should Just Stop Saying (Part 1)

So I will treat Steve McSwain’s “6 things” with the same respect he gives to thoughtful, intelligent Christian scholars, theologians, and public figures he self-righteously declares to be poor benighted fools.

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