Fellowship

This series is in response to a Quaker meeting split in 2017 along the lines of  whether gay marriage would be affirmed or not.  The aftermath of this event has caused grief, anger and an abundance of thoughts and feelings on the parts of many in this community. This series evaluates, frames and processes this…

Conversations I never wanted to have (but it might be good I did)

We were told to love our neighbor. So…these are my marching orders.  I never saw where it said that I was supposed to decide whose sins were bigger or more unpardonable.

Sex and controversy

Thanks Sherry for letting me hijack your link to Donald Miller’s writing. I read Blue Like Jazz long ago enough that I have kind of forgotten what it said, except that I was glad at the time that he said it and I read it.  And it became a Bestseller.  And it was nice to…

Apologetics, but not really apologies

I am in the middle of reading Timothy Keller’s Reason for God.  I don’t really need to be convinced about God.  However, I would agree that if a person believes something to the extent that they would alter their life for it, they should be able to explain why. Apologetics are something I have overcome…

Malcolm X book report

“We’re not Americans, we’re Africans who happen to be in America. We were kidnapped and brought here against our will from Africa. We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock — that rock landed on us.” Every now and then I get really curious about something.  Once it was the Amish.  Once it was the Holocaust.  Currently,…

Religious Political Culture wars in Portland Oregon

I have always liked more to live in an environment that is relatively liberal. Such as Portland, Oregon. But sometimes, Portland and me, see, we don’t always agree. There is a sort of tension I see/hear/read/experience living as a follower of Christ in the wildly liberal PacNW. Recently I met a friend up at Mississippi…