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Is It A-gáp-ē or A-ga-pé?

This Greek word describes the highest form of love. How do you pronounce it?

I am reminded of the story of two women who visited Hawai’i and wanted to know how to pronounce it. They asked a local, “What’s correct? Is it Hawai-e or Havai’e?” He said, “Havai’e.” They thanked him, and he replied, “You’re velcome.”

My contention is that Jesus’s main message wasn’t about being the Sacrificial Lamb (Saint Paul made that up) but about the power of agape.… Read the rest

The Prosperity Gospel = Snake Oil

I am a strong proponent of the separation of church and state. I don’t want any politician to tell me what to do in church. Unfortunately, today too many politicians are fundamentalists who are trying to do just that. That’s why I’m a member of the Americans United for Separation of Church and State, whose job is to nip in the bud any activity that tries to circumvent that constitutional ban.… Read the rest

Meet My Hero

All my life, I have had people I have looked up to and wanted to emulate. They all have the same characteristics. They are authentic, real in every sense of that word. They talk the talk and walk the walk.

One of my current heroes is eighty-six years old, still here but unfortunately challenged by some health issues.… Read the rest

What Stage of Faith Are You In?

One of my favorite subscriptions is a weekly called The Spong Newsletter. It’s distributed by ProgressiveChristianity.org, which I suspect is on the Forbidden to Read List for some Christian sects.

On March 9, David Felten, a Methodist pastor with a congregation in Fountain Hills, Arizona, published “How to Repeal and Replace Christianity’s Addiction to ‘Fake News’ and ‘Alternative Facts.’” He lays out the problems and then suggests a solution that quotes from James Fowler’s book, Stages of Faith (Harpercollins, 1981).… Read the rest