Now that Mitt Romney has secured, more or less, the Republican nomination for president we can begin to look ahead to the general election. Obama vs Romney! As with previous elections, we will see prominent evangelical Christian pastors and leaders giving out endorsements. Personally, I am increasingly skeptical of Christian leaders endorsing candidates. What's the … Continue reading Does Jesus Care Who You Vote For in November?
52 Thursdays ago I planned to bake cookies for the students graduating or transferring. It is something I do every year to honor the members of Christian Student Fellowship who are moving on from Penn State Berks. I like to joke that it would not be appropriate to give them a literal "Hershey" kiss so … Continue reading Baking Cookies with Junia
This is the debate going on in the New York Times "Room for Debate" It is easy to assume that legalizing prostitution, with the regulation that would then go with it, would make it safer for some of the women. This is the case argued by a few of the participants. Yet I have difficulty … Continue reading Is Legalized Prostitution Safer?
John of the Cross was a Spanish mystic who lived in the 1500s. He worked with Teresa of Avila in reforming the communities of monks known as the Carmelites. One of his best known works, Dark Night of the Soul, is a commentary on a poem, of the same name, that he wrote. The poem is about the … Continue reading Spiritual Gluttony – Listening to the Saints (St. John of the Cross)
The story of the Secret Service advance team, preparing for President Obama's visit to Colombia, continues to be headline news. Eleven members have had their security clearance revoked following the allegations that they brought prostitutes into their hotel in Colombia. What is scary is that this sort of thing happens every day in country after … Continue reading The Secret Service Scandal and Sex Tourism
What assumptions and biases do you bring with you as you approach evidence? I got to thinking about that question as I read a few articles recently by Stanley Fish. These articles were on the place of evidence and trust in our belief systems. First was "Citing Chapter and Verse: Which Scripture is the Right … Continue reading Assumptions, Biases and Evidence…Oh My! (Recent Reads)
Freedom and Restoration for Everyone Enslaved is a local community group that seeks to mobilize the community into effective action against human trafficking. I lead the Faith Communities group. Follow the link below to read the latest newsletter: FREE Faith Communities April 2012
John of the Cross was a Spanish mystic who lived in the 1500s. He worked with Teresa of Avila in reforming the communities of monks known as the Carmelites. One of his best known works, Dark Night of the Soul, is a commentary on a poem, of the same name, that he wrote. The poem … Continue reading Arrogant vs. Humble Spirituality: Listening to the Saints – St. John of the Cross
Baseball season began last week. The Philadelphia Phillies will be seeking their sixth consecutive division title, pretty good for a team with the most losses in baseball history. As I listen to the local sports-talk station it seems to me people are worried. There is a feeling that the Phillies run of success is about … Continue reading Thoughts on Baseball Season
If you are a Christian and you believe in hell as eternal (it lasts forever), conscious (people there continue to feel and experience it) torment (it is horrible), then I have a question: If you stopped believing in that view of hell, would you continue to be a Christian? This is a question I ponder … Continue reading Fear, Love and Truth