More from the archives. February, possibly 1977. This essay was graded A-. The question of why Calvinism had such a tremendous appeal to the 16th century mind… Read more “Blue book essay on Calvinism”
A short story snippet, rescued from the electronic archives. I seem to have written this in November 1999. Enjoy. Jon and Liesa used to sit and listen… Read more “Bobo”
….. one’s past never really leaves one behind. Seems some work I did with a few friends back in the day has found its own life here… Read more “Whaddya Know….”
This post was used as a basis for comments made at the September 8, 2007 “chew and chat” held in Nanjemoy, MD and sponsored by participants in… Read more “A Tipping Point”
Jesus is the great equalizer. Paul, the apostle, declared that all are equally sinners, that Gentiles have equal access to God through faith in Christ, that we share with him equally the inheritance as joint-heirs to God. This spiritual equality translates into organic unity, where there is neither slave not free, Jew nor Gentile, male nor female. From this unity flows political, economic and social equality, as in the Jerusalem commune in those first heady days of the church, or in Paul’s collection for the poor saints at Jerusalem, in which he appeals to equality as a worthy goal and a motivating force. Jesus himself spoke of a Father who causes the sun to shine on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust. He made the neighbor and the enemy both one’s equals, and advised equal generosity both to those who can and to those who cannot or will not repay. He did not separate life, as we so often do, into secular and sacred components. To affirm spiritual equality and at the same time to uphold and recognize political, economic, and social inequality, fulfills the divine prophecy that there will be those who “having the form of godliness deny the power thereof.” This supposed form of equality turns out to be merely a fantasy, a word-game, and utter hypocrisy. The power of the Kingdom will be seen when individuals live out its principles trhough the enabling of the Holy Spirit in their own personal lives, and through the same Spirit refuse to separate personal decisions from business decisions, or political ones.
This paragraph was written sometime in the mid-1980s. I haven’t backdated this post, though, because all these years later I still agree with what I said then.
My yard, in the spring:
Philosophickal Ruminations – Mystical Musings Dragged from the archives just because…. Some observations, in the form of parables: One: There is general agreement among the wise of… Read more “Philosophickal Ruminations – Mystical Musings”
I observe the world, watch and pray; Sometimes that’s all I do all day. A bombing here, a cancer there— What can avail my feeble prayer? With… Read more “Sympathy pains”
Wow, traffic here has slowed down to zero. I suppose the memething on what theological pigeonhole I come to roost in must have generated a backflow in… Read more “Yawn factor? Or sleepy weekend”
I passed, I think. You scored as Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan, You are an evangelical in the Wesleyan tradition. You believe that God’s grace enables you to choose to… Read more “Orthodoxy test”