Archive for September, 2006

Black “subversive” sheep of the family

Years ago I was involved in a discussion during a student conference. I could not for the life of me recall what the subject of the debate was about. My only recollection was the discussion was heating up and I raised a question. And then some one said, “Why do you always have to be the black sheep of the family?” That was the end of the discussion. I still remember the hurtful feeling vividly. I found no words to response appropriately. I almost cried. I was not trying to be difficult; I was just trying to make things better by asking what I deemed an important question. I was much younger then and not knowing the way the world works. I subsequently realized many people disdain anyone who disturbs the status quo.   Read the rest of this entry »

Pray harder

I was encouraged to “pray harder” on two separate occasions recently. It is hard to avoid being viewed as a heretic when I say I had problem with that. I mean praying is such a pious thing that it is hard to argue against. The problem I have is the logic that “pray harder “will have result in some form. Are we not saying by our efforts we can make things happen?  Read the rest of this entry »

kids, what are we teaching them? (warning: politically incorrectness ahead)

I have no kids, so I suppose that automatically disqualify me from saying anything meaningful about kids. Right? I thought so at one time. Then of course by the same token there are those wonderful priests who are among the best marriage counselors around. Ultimately, I suppose the astute mind will see that a Socrates dialogue is inclusive by nature regardless of the credential of the participants. So here is my two cents.

Children ministry in the church gets top billings these days. This to me is disturbing. Read the rest of this entry »