Wesley’s Questions

If you’re familiar with 12 Step programs, you might remember that Step 4 is the Truth, i.e., “Make a searching and fearless written moral inventory of yourself.” There’s a reason they say *searching and fearless* — it’s hard to be honest about yourself. (Especially in writing.) John Wesley and his Holy Club used to do […]

New Years Resolutions: What Should We Work On?

The Bible describes a series of mass deportations after the empire of Babylon conquered Israel’s southern kingdom of Judah. Great numbers of Israelites were taken to Babylon from about 600 BC and especially after the fall of Jerusalem in 586 BC. But Babylon had its own problems, and when it was conquered in 538, the […]

What Do You Want From Life?

“What do you want from life?” Everyone answers that question differently. What I mean is this. Everyone wants to be happy. There are things we want to accomplish. We want financial security. We want to be in relationships with other people. But we’re all unique, so we all want these different things in different proportions. […]

National Day of Prayer – One Opinion

Earlier this month, Federal Judge Barbara Crabb ruled that a national day of prayer is an unconstitutional call to religious action. Since the ruling, atheist and religious groups have been arguing for and against both the ruling and the national day of prayer itself. Many people of faith, especially Christians, have seen the ruling as […]

Easter vs. Fear

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust;I am not afraid; what can flesh do to me? —Psalm 56:3-4 According to a recent survey (http://bit.ly/czmm53), only 2% of Americans realize Easter is the most important holiday in the Christian faith. Even among Protestant Christians, […]