Category Archives: War

Incomprehensible Incompatibilities

The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church uses “incompatibility” language in two areas. Both of these areas are incomprehensible to large swathes of the church membership. In the best known passage, the BOD declares “the practice of homosexuality” … Continue reading

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Tremper Longman – Confronting Old Testament Controversies

Note: A free copy of this book was sent to me by Baker Book Bloggers for purposes of review. It doesn’t take more than a few minutes with the Old Testament to discover that it comes from a cultural perspective … Continue reading

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The “We Need More Guns” Solution

The standard response of one side to horrendous shootings is, “We need gun control!” I’m not going to address that now. The standard response from the other side is, “We need more guns. If we had more guns, particularly more … Continue reading

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Interesting People

In my line of work I get to meet many interesting people. Some of the most interesting over the years have been World War 2 veterans. My dad was a naval advisor in Korea back in the early 1970s. Since … Continue reading

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How Many Allegiances?

Greg Boyd blogs about participating in a recent debate with Shane Claiborne and Chuck Colson on the issue of Christianity and Government. Since Greg doesn’t allow comments at his site, I’ll post some comments here. He reports: Chuck believes Christians … Continue reading

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When the wrong people do the right thing

I just finished reading Paul Johnson’s A History of Christianity. Though I read the old edition, you can find it currently in print. I’d count it as a popular supplement to more scholarly works. In previous study I had seen … Continue reading

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Muslim Outreach

A group of Muslims from around the world have issued an open letter to Christian leaders everywhere. The call for peace is summed up in the beginning of the document: Muslims and Christians together make up well over half of … Continue reading

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Islam & Tradition

In my position as a pastoral leader of a church, I have been frequently asked lately, “What is a Muslim? What do they believe? Are terrorism and violence part of their religion?” Although my expertise is not in world religions, … Continue reading

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Emergent Rejection of Christianity? Not Quite

Frank Pastore (who, according to the author info, has a graduate degree in philosophy of religion) has a stilted view of Christianity. In this weekend’s column – the second he’s written against the Emergent Movement – he says: If Christianity … Continue reading

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