Must Read Monday 4-22-2019 Easter, etc.
April 22, 2019
Easter. After you acknowledge and recognize and revel in the reality of Easter – Christ is risen from the dead! Death has lost its sting! Reconciliation with God is available! – everything, and I do mean everything, pales. The headlines, as horrific and discouraging as they may be, look different through the lens of Easter. […]
Presbyterians, abortion and conscience
May 1, 2018
The Irish are voting on a national referendum that would allow for elective abortions up to 12 weeks. Christian churches are weighing into the conversation as members seek advice and counsel on the morality and ethics of life. While the overwhelming influence in Ireland continues to be the Roman Catholic Church, some 5% of the […]
Donald Trump is he or is he not a Presbyterian or Evangelical
December 15, 2015
Donald Trump says he’s a Presbyterian. The Presbyterian Church (USA) says he’s not. Who’s right? Curiously, Donald Trump is not the one asking what it means to be Presbyterian. The PCUSA is having that conversation about its own identity. The denomination’s online survey that is being used to discern the identity of the PCUSA, begins: […]
Fact checking faith: Who gets to define what it means to be Presbyterian?
October 29, 2015
Four times on Saturday in a speech in Jacksonville, Fla., Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump declared himself to be Presbyterian. Trump said, “Look, I don’t have to say it,” and then said, “I’m Presbyterian. Can you believe it? Nobody believes I’m Presbyterian.” Then, with increasingly emphatic speech, Trump declared, “I’m Presbyterian. I’m Presbyterian. I’m Presbyterian.” […]
Lost in translation? Why language matters to genuine communication
October 14, 2014
Like all those in Presbyterian Church (USA) ordination track, I took courses in Biblical Greek and Hebrew in seminary. The rationale is that teaching elders should be able to translate the extant texts of the Bible from the languages in which they were originally penned. I readily admit that I did not “keep” much of […]