The obligation of the Kingdom

Reflecting on society, laws, cultural wars… and having a lot of time to think while I was driving across Iowa… I began to think on what I practice but do not articulate very well. I am not sure I can still articulate it well, but this is my attempt. No matter what laws are passedContinue reading “The obligation of the Kingdom”

A Pro-Life Ethic in a Sexually Charged Culture

This story really caught my attention for several reasons. 1. It’s in Iowa. I thought this might be something from New York or California or Florida. But this case happened in Iowa. 2. The court’s decision was 7-0. No dissenting votes. The boss could actually fire his employee because she was too attractive. But beyondContinue reading “A Pro-Life Ethic in a Sexually Charged Culture”

A Pro-Life Ethic and Avoiding Bumper Sticker Theology

Over the past few months I have worked at what I am calling a true “pro-life” ethic. This is an ethic I believe can be sustained as a Christian. It is also an ethic that I believe cannot be labeled “liberal” or “conservative,” “Democrat” or “Republican.” In the wake of the school shootings in Connecticut,Continue reading “A Pro-Life Ethic and Avoiding Bumper Sticker Theology”

The Sermon on the Mount and a Pro-Life Ethic

Jesus was serious about the Kingdom bringing a righteousness back into play that would exceed the righteousness of the Pharisees. The goal of a true pro-life ethic in the Kingdom of God should be to move away from the emphasis on the regulations of the Law and return to the character of the Law. The Kingdom ethic demands more of us.Continue reading “The Sermon on the Mount and a Pro-Life Ethic”

Israel, Palestine, and an Effort Toward a True Pro-Life Ethic

I began some thoughts on what it means to have a “pro-life” ethic (HERE), and on that same day the United Nations voted to allow provisional recognition of Palestine as a “state.” This came over the loud objections of the United States and Israel. This is a perfect areas to try and hash out aContinue reading “Israel, Palestine, and an Effort Toward a True Pro-Life Ethic”

An Attempt on a Life Ethic

We have passed the election season and are now in “fiscal cliff” season. We’ve had about 48 hours of feel good talk (about two weeks ago), and since that time Democrats and Republicans alike have re-trenched their positions. Politics, culture, and religion are such hot topics. When I try to work my way through thisContinue reading “An Attempt on a Life Ethic”