A close friend, Paul, and I have known each other since grade school. Even though we lived in separate communities, we managed to spend much of our summers together Continue reading “The Fish and the Forester”
In 1985, Krister Stendahl (1921-2008), a Swedish theologian and New Testament scholar, proposed what has become know as Stendahl’s three rules of religious understanding. These are:
- When you are trying to understand another religion, you should ask the adherents of that religion and not its enemies.
- Don’t compare your best to their worst.
- Leave room for “holy envy.”
Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life
Falling Upward by Richard Rohr is a great complement to Kathy Escobar’s Faith Shift.
Rohr’s book is a meandering description of one’s (potential) journey of faith and is rich with hidden gems. Continue reading “Stages of Faith – Part Three – Falling Upward”
Faith Shift Overview
I finished reading Faith Shift by Kathy Escobar and have been struggling about how to present the book and the material.
Kathy Escobar was a dedicated Evangelical Christian that had a desire to serve in a greater capacity than her church allowed for women. She eventually received a counseling degree and involved herself in a large, nondenominational church. She soon realized that what was going on behind the scenes was nothing like the façade presented to the congregation; it was all for show.
A few years ago I mentioned to one of my sons that if I were not Mormon I think that I would have to be Catholic. This was a bit of a shock to him at the time, but he is getting used to my “shocks” and they don’t trouble him anymore.
The principle reasons for making this statement are that only two churches, in my mind, have a claim to legitimate authority Continue reading “Catholic and Mormon”
Occasionally, I learn something that is like opening a window to greater understanding. Where a vague notion may have existed before, the drawing aside of the curtains reveals a new world. Such an event occurred a couple of days ago.
Over the last decade or so, I have been going through a faith change which I did not understand. The journey has left me unsettled, with a different perspective on my faith than most of my fellow church members.
Name one musical play, popular artist, or singing group in which the male lead sings bass.
Come on. I’m waiting.
I have a quiet place, my own little wilderness. Well, its not mine, its publicly accessible land, but nobody goes there. If I want to hike for a few moments of therapy, meditation, and pray, I know that I can enjoy some solitude and experience intriguing landscape not far from home.
The problem with my little wilderness is that it has power lines running through it.
“Toxic” is thrown around a lot lately. Bloggers and podcasters on the fringes of Mormon culture often try to demonstrate the superiority of their approach by calling the church’s current or past position “TOXIC.” Continue reading “Helpful Toxicity”