Why Russel Moore and the SBC gets it wrong on religious freedom and Muslims building Mosques in the Unitd States


I come from the Baptist tradition with a long history of religious tolerance and acceptance of pluralism in the world religious sphere. The right to worship as one sees fit is and always has been an integral part of Baptist thought and this has always extended to non-Christian religions as well. While any true Baptist … Continue reading Why Russel Moore and the SBC gets it wrong on religious freedom and Muslims building Mosques in the Unitd States

The tragedy of declining cultural milestones


***THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS*** Noted ____ defined three stages of cultural milestones with birth, death and burial and marriage Anthropologists looking at disparate cultures around the world and throughout history would certainly agree. In research that ranges from children's literature, anthropology, theology and philosophy and historical political I have isolated 4 additional cultural milestones … Continue reading The tragedy of declining cultural milestones

A Sermon about Nicodemus


Terrific and thought provoking sermon

Bread and Wine

I haven’t posted anything for quite awhile … life after Christmas got very complicated and very busy. But I’m back in some sort of groove now and here’s the sermon I preached on the Second Sunday in Lent (February 17, 2008). The Gospel lesson for the day (Revised Common Lectionary, Year A) was John 3:1-17, which recounts Nicodemus’s night-time conversation with Jesus about rebirth.

Fire. For just a moment, before we delve into the story of Nicodemus’s conversation with Jesus, I want you to think about fire. Close your eyes and imagine a fire and listen to how one professor of mythological studies describes this archetypical element:

It fascinates and frightens, warms and scorches. Too little and we die. Too much and we die. It sings, dances, plays, inspires, destroys. It purifies and consumes. In a burning bush, it marked the presence of God. In a volcano, Pele surges into…

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