Month: February 2009

Politics of Fear?

You cannot keep up with the speculation as to where the economy in the Unites States is headed. Either we are going to see the rebound nearly eveyrone hopes for or we will sink ever deeper into the maliase we currently face. Mark offers regular short posts on a variety of subjects related to current politics.

One thing I have been increasingly leary of is the “self-styled optimist turned fear monger to move an agenda forward.” These were the claims about George W Bush. It seems we hear similar rhetoric from President Obama. I am left to wonder if that is just the inherent political staple.

Mark offers a note on just how it seems it all too easy to jettison what gets us elected for what achieves our agenda.

Moral Authority and Our Narrative (Story)

paseotrinityWe love stories. Good stories. Personal stories. My friend and mentor, Rick Davis, is writing a series on “Moral Courage.” He writes weaving a number of narratives. Using American history, family story, and vocational experience.

The last paragraph in his fifth post in the series should spur you to go over and folloow the series.

Morality as moral assertion requires that we think about things others do not think about in ways they do not think about them, that we arrive at moral conclusions in untimely fashion, that we  correct ourselves always to the more generous and compassionate position and that we learn to make the invisible sufferer plainly visible, so that he and his oppressor might be delivered from the burden of oppression. Fully evolved, morally mature man will work as hard on his moral foresight as on his moral insight.

You can read Rick at – aintsobad. The series begins here.

Reversing Trends … “You give the groceries away church!”

This morning I read Ed Stetzer’s recent post. How any pastor would not pop over to read what someone else thought to be the greatest sin in “our” church would puzzle me. Way to drive traffic to the site Ed! (He types knowing that to mention Ed Stetzer on the blog creates traffic of its own.)

Seems the grave indulgence we are most guilty of is a lack of obedience. Ed sure had it right. You want to hit the “amen” corner and get rave reviews say the “right” thing about a very public social issue. However, better have your hat in your hand the minute you suggest we should actually “do” the things Jesus did.

So when I also read a Todd Rhoades piece this afternoon, I could not help but thing the two posts belonged together. Read More

I Am the Only One Here … Not Really

Conversations may be healthy life giving experiences with others. On occasion they can result in frantic frustration. I just spent a bit of time on the phone with a friend. We talked philosophy and theology. Occasionally we both needed to clarify exactly what we meant by this word or that phrase. The give and take was healthy and in the end we may not have entirely found the same conclusion but we did find the exchange healthy. And, since I tend to be a verbal processor, it gave me a safe space to give voice to some things I have been thinking of late.

Just off the phone I took a quick look at my Google Reader and read Richard Mouw‘s recent piece. Mouw is President of Fuller Seminary. Seems as though a reader (mis)interpreted something he wrote in a Newsweek article. So with great care and grace he replied opening the door to conversation. He wrote,

On both sides of the current angry exchanges over same-sex marriage, there are real people with genuine hopes and fears. It would be a good beginning in working for the common good if we could at least hear each other in talking together about our concerns. The responses to my Newsweek column have convinced me even more that such a conversation is extremely difficult. I for one, however, will struggle against the temptation to retreat into a functional solipsism on the subject. And if Jake is willing to talk calmly, I will even ignore his previous use of the â??aâ? word!

Read the entire post here.