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What are we afraid of?

What are we afraid of?

Fear is at the center of our lives – and living in fear is a terrible way to live.  Fear drives international policy-making. Fear drives discussions of budgeting priorities. Fear drives marketing and politics and the priorities of time and money in local households.   What if we weren’t afraid?

Time with Mary

Time with Mary

I want to tell you about the best three hours I’ve spent lately.  

Mary, who has walked the grounds at 3900 Park Road since there’s been a church on that corner, suddenly found herself dying, alone. I can’t bear that thought. So on Tuesday, I sat. Most of the time she didn’t even know I was there. I’m pretty sure that didn’t even matter.

Why SCOTUS Got it Right

Why SCOTUS Got it Right

But as our past history proves, humans have over and again made terrible, egregious, truly sinful errors when speaking for God, and this fact should caution us to walk with a little less sanctimony and dogmatic certainty about the making of any law that will govern our lives.

An Illusion of Peace

An Illusion of Peace

But something has changed. I believe this. I believe that we are about to engage in a critically important, and extremely difficult, national conversation about the racial injustices inherent in our society.   I am not afraid of the conversation that is coming.   And it is coming – and all churches need to be involved in it. It’s too important, and the integrity of our faith will require it. 

My Response to the Response

My Response to the Response

Clearly, a great many people share my concerns and yearn for a more positive, inclusive, and compassionate voice from The Church. It makes me sad that this is such a pervasive sentiment.

Is it Religious Freedom or Just Religious Opinion?

Is it Religious Freedom or Just Religious Opinion?

We don't need any more religious freedom laws, but we could certainly use more graciously religious people. Instead of laws, we need more people of faith, free enough from prejudice and arrogance and condescension, to be able to express convictions with compassion  not just with passion.

Does Government Really Need to Prop Up Jesus?

Does Government Really Need to Prop Up Jesus?

Why is it that so many Christians think we need the government to prop up Jesus?  If Christians won’t defend Sunday as a priority - our day of worship – why should we expect the culture to do it for us?

Creating Essential Community Through Church

Creating Essential Community Through Church

Participation in a healthy faith community connects us with a greater good – the greatest good – and that is God’s care for all living beings. There must be some truth to the old adage about there being “no atheists in foxholes.” When life’s toughest issues come our way, most people, in one way or another, begin to reflect on what would have to be called “spiritual” things. A good Church helps us engage that conversation throughout life.

After the vote:  Majority rule is no guarantee of justice.

After the vote: Majority rule is no guarantee of justice.

We face a basic choice in how we live our lives: will we live out of humility and grace and be fundamentally welcoming, accepting, open to all, or will our fundamental disposition be one of judgment, exclusion, alienation? 

I don’t need to understand you to accept you. I can only hope you will offer me the same grace.

Rights and Freedoms:  Decisions for Discriminating Minds

Rights and Freedoms: Decisions for Discriminating Minds

Extending protections is not about understanding the transgender person. I cannot claim that understanding  just as I do not understand being a woman, or being poor, or being black. That lack of understanding, though, does not lead me to assume the right to discriminate. And those protections do not depend on my approval or agreement with your life choices  my personal approval, my partys approval, my churchs approval  because our nation declared independence for ALL.

Christianity at a Crossroads in America

Christianity at a Crossroads in America

It is hard to discount the Church’s beneficial influence in teaching community values and moral character and promoting compassion and understanding.

God Hears ALL Prayers

God Hears ALL Prayers

I believe God hears all human prayers -- even from humans whose understanding is limited by our finitude. Maybe that's all of us?

Chocolate Cake Generosity

Generosity of spirit can be expressed in many ways.  A recipe for chocolate cake is one delicious example.   Russ Dean remembers great recipes from his childhood and shares one from Faye Curtis.

Learning to Think More Clearly About Death

Death is one thing we all have in common. All of us. The birds, the bees, the flowers, the trees, the Neanderthals – you and me – we all die. There is no question about it. And yet, people are reluctant to talk about death – especially their own.

By Russ Dean