The Inquisition Cometh #UMC

I just read the heartbreaking report that some 60 (unnamed at this point) conservative pastors and theologians in the United Methodist Church have held a phone conversation about the deepening divisions within this denomination. From the news report: The group said that they were forming a smaller working group to bring suggestions to the larger…

Why Bill Nye Was the Wrong Guy

If you didn’t watch the debate between Bill Nye, “The Science Guy” and Ken Ham, the money and mover behind “Answers in Genesis,”then you can find the YouTube video here. Here is a completely non-religiously based view of the debate. They acknowledged the Nye lost the debate. I thought he did as well but didn’t see…

And WHO is My Neighbor? (with apologies to Luke 10)

Photo from: http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/illuminated-paper-blowing-in-the-wind A certain man, life-long student of sacred texts, faithful in religious obligations, admired for doing good deeds and giving favors to those in his friendship circles, found politics fascinating. He had made decisions on political stances based on his understandings of the sacred texts he studied. He did not understand how others,…

On Translation: No Easy Answer

Twice last week, I was asked about the “best Bible translation” in order to read to understand as closely as possible what was in the original texts. My answer is not particularly satisfactory but it is the best I have. Simply, if you want to read something closest to the original text, then the best…