Jaded

I was on an airplane recently when I encountered a woman just a few years from retirement who, not knowing who I was told me that she was proud to say she had raised her kids to have no faith at all. She said, “I was raised by divorced parents, one Methodist, and the...

A Theology of Nearness

Luke 22:27  …but I am among you as one who serves… In the year, 1648, Rembrandt was in the middle of creating some of his most famous paintings. Also in that year there was a woman named, (Jeanne-Marie) Madam Guyon who was considered a Catholic that was open to the...

The Giant of Pluralism

At the turn of the last century, Ferdinand Saussure, a famous linguist, made several seemingly simple yet profound discoveries about the way humans use language. He contended that (1) language is the domain of speaking out loud, or articulation; (2) each idea...

Diagnosing the Disease

There is no greater danger for a person or a church than to leave a disease undiagnosed. However, until the final and accurate diagnosis is determined and confirmed, the individual or organization will try to function as normal as possible. Usually, though, long...