Archive for the 'Society' Category

How golden is that rule after all?

In a recent post I mentioned Jesus’ formulation of the Golden Rule. It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that even this principle has come under attack. For one thing, it’s common to hear someone point out that the reciprocity principle behind the Golden Rule did not begin with Jesus as though this in some way impugns Jesus’ wisdom […]

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Playing 40 questions

When it comes to hobby horse subjects, we really don’t want answers to our objections; we want acquiescence.

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

What the forgiveness in Charleston requires of us

It is a wonderful and important turn of events that relatives and friends of the victims of the shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal are showing forgiveness toward the shooter. Relatives of the nine people shot down during a Bible study session inside their historic black church confronted the 21-year-old suspect Friday during his initial […]

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Love is a verb with feelings

A friend of mine shared a recent post on the blog, “A Holy Experience”. The blogger, author/speaker Ann Voskamp, was so moved by the plight of poor Iranians that she visited Iran in a relief effort. She’s written a bit of other stuff regarding the humanitarian crisis there, but this was the first I ran across. There are […]

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Reacting to the violence of the angry mob

  To you, the one whose first reflex is to assume justification and seek reasons for abusive behavior in the powerful but refuses to extend this courtesy to the powerless ones reacting against it, To the one who sees a people group acting in violence and unquestioningly blames their race or religion instead of seeking […]

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

No stones to throw: rescuing the sinful oppressed

Jesus treated disenfranchised sinners as victims of the righteous rulers. Leaders have to be held accountable for their failure to administer the balm of true righteousness to the sufferers in their charge.

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Smarter than thou

A recent story that suggested that atheists are more intelligent than religious people has blown up in social media. I imagine some people will want to examine some of the methodology and assumptions behind the study. I’m not going to attempt evaluating the study or its results other than to say that there are several points that […]

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013