Time: In the End is the Beginning (Part One)

In the end of all things is their beginning, and only from the perspective of the end can one know what they are, why they have been made, and who the God is who has called them from nothingness. From the perspective of eternity, the end comes first and the… Continue reading

The Fear of the Lord

Psychologists have long known that we cannot truly love what we fear. As I John says, “Perfect love casts out fear.” Love involves trust. Fear is based on mistrust, suspicion, and foreboding. Love and trust are integral parts of a healthy, growing, and honest relationship. Fear and mistrust are indicative of an unhealthy, unreliable, and toxic relationship. Fear and mistrust are characteristics found in all sick religion. Continue reading

You Can’t Go Home Again: Part Three

(14 minutes) Part Two of this series entitled “You Can’t Go Home Again” ended with the suggestion that Christians should best be envisioned as pilgrims rather than wanderers. Pilgrims are on the move toward a goal. They are not homesteaders, but they do have a destination. If our primary calling… Continue reading

One Interpretation of the Parousia: Part One (John 1:1-4,9-14; Ephesians 1:3-10; Colossians 1:15-20) 

(Parousia is the Greek word used in the New Testament which is commonly understood as the Second Coming. Parousia simply means “presence” or “appearing.” It is one of the metaphors used in the Bible and theology to refer to the fulfillment of God’s purpose for creation. Like all metaphors, it… Continue reading

The Joy and Dignity of Work

I often hear people my age and older speak harshly regarding the work habits of young people. “They want everything given to them…They don’t want to work…They expect to start their careers with a luxurious home, a new car, and a six-figure salary with multiple benefits…They would rather stay home… Continue reading

Indigenous Worldviews Offer Hope to a Besieged Planet

Indigenous Peoples can offer us ways to heal this earth as well as hope for a future that is a desirable alternative to the nightmare predicted by climate scientist if we continue our present patterns of greed, production, and consumption.  Continue reading

Heroes of the Faith: Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179)

Hildegard of Bingen, abbess and visionary, was one of the Rhineland mystics. She was a most remarkable woman in a patriarchal world of politics, religion, and culture. She was the tenth child born to noble parents in the German province of Rheinhessen. At an early age she was placed under… Continue reading

Knowledge Isn’t Wisdom

Earth day (Wednesday, April 22, 2020) is upon us as we focus on the goodness of God’s creation and our obligation within that creation. Whenever I think about the environment and our ecological responsibility, I hear echoes from the First Nations of this continent. In particular, I am reminded of… Continue reading