Faith Demystified – The Root of Religious Discord


Faith Demystified – The Root of Religious Discord Religious discord comes from bumping into belief systems that do not match our own, however illusory our own systems of belief may be. When I was a pastor, there was a young woman who had been baptized and raised Presbyterian. She was marrying a Baptist and joiningContinue reading “Faith Demystified – The Root of Religious Discord”

The Progressive Church Dilemma


Progressive churches are in a dilemma, caught between fundamentalism on the one side and secularization on the other side.  While progressives have dismissed any interpretation of the Bible that is based upon fundamentalism, it can be very hard to decipher what that post-fundamentalist message actually is. THE MESSAGE Recently I attended a United Methodist ChurchContinue reading “The Progressive Church Dilemma”

A Sea Change in the Roman Catholic Church


Pope Francis is a wonderful change for the Roman Catholic Church and represents a sea change in Church history.  He is the first Jesuit Pope.  The Jesuit Order was founded by St. Ignatius Loyola as a post-Reformation reform movement within the Roman Church, the “shock troops” of the Counter Reformation. He is the first PopeContinue reading “A Sea Change in the Roman Catholic Church”

The Catholic Church and Marital Intimacy


If the Roman Catholic Church really wanted to strengthen marriage, as it says is does, the first step would be to allow married couples to make love freely and as often as they so desire.  There should be no rules constraining that joyous intimacy and no fear of unwanted pregnancies. A celibate priesthood cannot beginContinue reading “The Catholic Church and Marital Intimacy”

Same Sex Marriage


Below is a comment that I posted to a Roman Catholic blogger and legislator, Rebecca Hamilton, who opposes same-sex marriage.  Her blog site can be found at PublicCatholic.com. Rebecca, There are a number of reasons that I will disagree with you profoundly. 1) My wife and I married when we were both in our lateContinue reading “Same Sex Marriage”