The Assumption of Good Will

Sometimes the people in our lives behave in confusing or offensive ways. Over the lifespan, each of us develops explanatory models to assist us in understanding our own and others’ behavior. These models are highly subject to error. One of these is what social psychologists label “fundamental attribution error.” This means that when someone behavesContinue reading “The Assumption of Good Will”

How to Approach a King

I know I am not alone in being captivated by the series, “The Crown.” It follows the British monarchy from the era of Edward VIII’s abdication of the throne, the reign until death of his brother George VI, and the ongoing reign of Queen Elizabeth II. The royals still enjoy popularity around the world today.Continue reading “How to Approach a King”

Tale of Two Doggies, Part 2: The People Whisperer

In a recent post, I shared some things I had learned from my dogs about submission to God’s leadership. Since then, some new developments with Scooter and Maggie have served to amplify those revelations and inspire further insight. On one of our morning walks, I let both dogs off leash to wander and exercise inContinue reading “Tale of Two Doggies, Part 2: The People Whisperer”

Danger and Opportunity

In Chinese, the character for the concept of “crisis” is a combination of “danger” and “opportunity.” Where there is danger to physical or psychological safety, there is also an opportunity to respond. A crisis requires some sort of response. Many parts of the world are experiencing major crises these days. Earthquakes and tsunamis, hurricanes andContinue reading “Danger and Opportunity”

Grace and the Thorn

Recently I was involved in a deep conversation with a small group of women friends. We were each sharing current life circumstances that bring on the temptation to be afraid. Many of these surrounded family relationships. There was an adoption story, a foster mothering story, marriage stories, toddler stories, and stories of adult children whoContinue reading “Grace and the Thorn”

Another Take on Complementarianism

Last year as I was completing my seminary degree, my penultimate class was a residency in pastoral theology. My professor was an esteemed evangelical pastor, scholar, author, and educator. As we began discussing pertinent theological issues in the life of the contemporary church, I quickly realized that I strongly disagreed with a few of hisContinue reading “Another Take on Complementarianism”

Saying and/or Doing

Jesus was often confronted by religious leaders about his origins, his doctrine, or his allegiance to rabbinic traditions. On one such occasion, he was asked about the source of the power he manifested in healing diseases and delivering from demons. He tilted the conversation back to their faithlessness and hypocrisy with a hypothetical scenario involvingContinue reading “Saying and/or Doing”

Tale of Two Doggies

I have two dogs. Scooter is a wonderful older gentleman, a Welsh Terrier, with manners from the old country. He doesn’t say much, but has great expressive ears and eyebrows that tell us what interests him and what disturbs him. He’s quite domesticated. Some of you are his fans on facebook, because he is soContinue reading “Tale of Two Doggies”

Aging in the Kingdom

Growing older, reaching an age that is considered “senior,” can be quite disconcerting, and it feels like it is closing in on me. What could long be denied through the magical, invincibility delusions of youth become inescapably real. Aches and pains, dyspepsia, insomnia, memory failures, etc.—these are symptoms not entirely unique to older individuals, butContinue reading “Aging in the Kingdom”

God-Promotion or Self-Promotion

We live in a culture that tells us that we must sell and promote ourselves in order to achieve success. We must find the right social identity, message, product, or service, and then fight for “airtime” in the vast and very noisy public arena. Social media reinforces this greatly. When we see someone who seemsContinue reading “God-Promotion or Self-Promotion”