It’s The End of the World As We Know It ….


October 21, 2011

An open message to Rev. Harold Camping:

1)  If you and I are both still here , sorry about that ~ better luck next time.

2)  If you are not here and I am, hmmm … guess I lost.

3)  If you are here and I am not … Nyah, nyah, nyah.

4)  If you are not here and neither am I, who cares?

One last question: Continue reading

A Little About Being a Disciple . . .


Disciples of Christ Statement Of Identity

We are Disciples of Christ,
a movement for wholeness
in a fragmented world.
As part of the one body of Christ,
we welcome all to the Lord’s Table
as God has welcomed us.

One Person’s Perspective:

I am not a “Church Camp” Christian nor am I particularly evangelical, pentecostal, and definitely not fundamental.

I do not sway with The Spirit while singing or praying, although my leg does tend to move to the beat when certain high-energy contemporary Christian music plays.

To be honest, I can’t even clap in time with the music most of the time. Continue reading

Getting the July 4th Message Right . . .


This past weekend, we took some time to do something a little different as part of our July Fourth activities . . .

THE SETTING:

Rocheport is a very small river town just west of Columbia, Missouri with  several quaint shops and restaurants.  One could easily spend a relaxing and enjoyable weekend walking the streets of this quiet hamlet.

We were there for church.  Not just any service, but the monthly Bluegrass Worship, a joint venture of the Rocheport Christian Church and Broadway Christian Church in Columbia.

THE SERVICE:

The service was full of “old timey” music, with songs like “This Little Light of Mine” and “I’ll Fly Away“.  The singing was strong, simple tunes and powerful lyrics, with the crowd joining in on almost every line, even without PowerPoint slides to show the words:)   The musicians were accomplished artists using a variety of stringed instruments to make toe-tapping and nostalgic music from an earlier time, which speaks to me as the of my upbringing in small-town rural Missouri. Continue reading

Book Review: Your Money, God’s Way by Amie Streater


I did not want to like this book.

Not another “give God more of your money” message, I thought, even as I agreed to read this book.  Books about personal finance that include God’s name in the title often leave me cold, since they seem to appeal to our residual guilt to build support for increased giving to a church or a religious organization. Continue reading

Radical Religion . . . Just Say No


I have heard that some form of what I know as the Golden Rule exists in almost every expression of religion practiced on our globe.  “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” makes a lot of sense and strikes me as fundamentally positive toward our brothers and sisters around the world.

Some folks in Florida are planning to burn Qurans, the holy book of Islam, on September 11, as a twisted form of protest based on a serious error in perception about why that day is important to us all.   This is no different from a group deciding to burn Bibles based on their disgust with the actions of Timothy McVey or Scott Roeder.  Either action represents a fundamental error in confusing the actions and beliefs of a small group with the actions and beliefs of a large group.

Mark A. Schmidt has it right with his simple graphic which clearly shows this situation as it exists.

Governments and groups, such as People of Faith Opposed to the Burning of the Qur’an on Facebook, are standing in opposition to this group’s plan.  Probably thousands of blogs and editorials have condemned this action, and UN officials and even General Petraeus have added sober military concerns about the realistic consequences to the discussion.

The group remains unswayed.   Well, our country does practice religious freedom.  Sometimes I wish we were as fervent about learning how to critically and rationally think through our positions.  The world is a complex place and I know that many situations involving religious differences are not easily or simply resolved (See Mid-East)

I believe that we should stop describing groups of any type who practice hatred for others as members of any religion. They do not represent the feelings or aspirations of most of those who practice these religions and do not deserve the protection of being identified with the larger group.

Not Radical Islamists or Christian Terrorists . . . these small and misguided groups of people are just Religious Terrorists