As a child, I was raised under the umbrella of Christian beliefs known as charismatic. (It comes from the Greek word for gifts of the Spirit, charisma, which means something like gifts of grace, and from which we get the English word for being “graced” with personality.) I grew up hearing a lot about the … Continue reading One Spirit, One Baptism
In my previous post, I spoke of politics in terms of liberal and conservative, rather than Democrat and Republican. That’s because my chief focus was on philosophy, not on party. But since left and right in our society are virtually synonymous with the two major parties, I may as well address the elephant in the … Continue reading No Good Reason
The terms “liberal” and “conservative” are obviously relative; what’s liberal in one century might be conservative in the next. But one thing remains essentially the same: conservatives fight change and liberals fight for it. How we judge the liberalism or conservatism of any time or place ultimately depends on what’s being changed. If it’s good, … Continue reading Conserving Liberalism
It’s almost Valentine’s Day. That glorious time of year when we all get to show someone how much we care. The stores are filled with red and pink; romantic ads show up everywhere; and lots of couples will jump at the chance for a special occasion. Sure, the whole thing is a commercialized, superficial racket; … Continue reading Ain’t Love Grand?