SEEKER SENSITIVE

My word for 2022 is worship. The choice may seem a bit obvious given my vocation as a clergyman. However, while navigating the storms of life in 2021 and now transitioning into a new year, the abstract concept of worship has a concrete image attached to it, an anchor. Healthy life transitions require an anchoring … More SEEKER SENSITIVE

GIFTS OF ESSENCE

When the Magi worshipped the newborn Messiah, they presented him with gifts of “essence.” The essence of gold had emerged from a fiery trial. Wounded trees yielded the essences of frankincense and myrrh. When a wound on a tree penetrates through the bark and into the sapwood, the tree secretes a resin. Frankincense is made … More GIFTS OF ESSENCE

DIAL DOWN!

Our technological culture has transitioned from turning dials to pushing buttons to touchscreens to voice activation during my lifetime. When I think of dialing down, I think of the old technology for turning down the volume or turning down the heat. There is a tendency in life for the sound of the noise around us … More DIAL DOWN!

DIFFERENTIATION

A Biblical worldview must address issues regarding the testings and trials of life. Even a cursory reading of the Bible reveals that testings and trials are a standard component of the human experience. The narratives of Scripture highlight the real-life struggles of its characters and their varying degrees of success or failures in navigating these … More DIFFERENTIATION

Developing a Biblical Worldview – Personal Freedom

Currently, many self-identified Christians are publicly voicing their objections to Covid vaccinations and government mandates designed to protect community wellbeing. I do not identify with the worldview expressed by these objections. I prefer to live from a biblical worldview which is pro-science and pro-government. In a previous blog, I detailed my pro-science biblical worldview. In … More Developing a Biblical Worldview – Personal Freedom

Rapid Vaccine Development – Covid-19

One common objection to receiving Covid vaccinations is the perception that researchers developed the vaccines too quickly. Knowing the scientific reasons for this triumph of timing and the rigors of testing and production quality controls ought to alleviate this concern. I recently viewed a PBS program on American Experience entitled The Polio Crusade. Even though … More Rapid Vaccine Development – Covid-19

Developing a Biblical Worldview – Worldview Footings: The Case for Vaccines

Three recent observations: 1. Word continues to reach us of self-identified Christians who have fallen ill with Covid. Some have required hospitalization experiencing severe pneumonia symptoms. Given current vaccination statistics, it is safe to assume that the majority of these individuals are unvaccinated. One hospitalized acquaintance reported that all their “Christian” friends encourage them not … More Developing a Biblical Worldview – Worldview Footings: The Case for Vaccines

HONOR

Today, September 20, 2021, I achieved my three-score and ten years on this planet. Reaching this milestone and transitioning to a new decade of life is an occasion for reflection. I am reflecting on significant lessons learned during the formative years of my childhood. At times awareness of lessons imparted during my youth went unnoticed … More HONOR