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In her book Circle of Quiet Madeleine L'Engle repeats Dorothy Sayers' story of a Japanese man who's politely listening to a Christian who is trying to explain the concept of the Trinity. The Japanese man is very puzzled.
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On the topic of marriage, The Rev. Gunn writes, "A true wife delights more in her husband's companionship than in any success he may achieve. The apostle Peter offers excellent counsel to husbands; he says, 'Likewise ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor unto the wife as being heirs together of the grace of life.' The husband who accepts this counsel has a happy wife and a happy home."
There is certainly plenty of turbulence to be experienced in the course of daily life. If you live in my part of the world, tornados are an early summer threat. Wherever you live, school shootings and terrorist acts have eroded our sense of safety and, maybe even our trust in one another. There’s plenty of reason to stomp your boot against the nearest wall. But that doesn’t help much.
While I believe that we are called to tend the passions, talents and skills that reside within each of us, that does not always equate to being the best and most talented at them all. Sometimes tending our passions means allowing ourselves be, in the eyes of the world, mediocre.
Thomas Kemper, head of UM Global Ministries, shares a "theology of compassion and action" in the wake of disasters such as the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma and elsewhere.
Memorial Day is a time to remember suffering, but not to see it as an end in itself. Instead, pain is the beginning of a process that produces endurance, character, and ultimately hope.
How are we to be -- in a climate of relativism, amongst the spiritual -- with nonbelievers and with believers of every stripe?
My propensity to question has led me to the conclusion: Christian fundamentalism doesn't work anymore. Not only in its more extreme forms, as in Islamic fundamentalism. We all know that does not work. Nor can it be tolerated. But fundamentalism does not work in its tamer versions either.
We are grateful for the steeples of churches because they remind us of the presence of God, but we must also remember that we find God elsewhere. We find God out there as we leave the doors of the church as well.
A short discussion on the costs of "sexual freedom."
People of faith and faith communities can play a unique role in addressing the environmental crisis. That does not mean we will, however.
This book may not be a bestseller on the New York Times list. But it must be required reading for seminarians, pastors or community leader who want to bring their pastoral care to our most challenged populations.