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Drew Smith

I took several courses in sermon preparation while at college and seminary. These courses, at least at the introductory level, taught students the mechanics of sermon preparation and delivery. Despite what some church folks might think, sermon preparation requires hard work; that is, if the preacher or pastor is doing what she is called to […] Read More

I have always been a little jealous, but at the same time impressed, with folks who give a lot of time and effort toward praying. I am especially impressed by those who, without any hesitation, put so much faith in the act of prayer. These “prayer warriors” model for the rest of us a relentless […] Read More

One of the sad facts about Christianity in the United States is that many Christians are ignorant of the political nature of Jesus’ message. Preferring to see Jesus in only spiritual terms, and his message as only about salvation and heaven, we often miss the significance of Jesus as a political figure. I don’t mean […] Read More

Borders are interesting concepts that have been around since the dawn of creation. Borders are those barriers that we construct to keep those we want out, out. Nations have borders, and in our current political climate, there is much discussion about keeping our borders more secure, making sure that not just anyone comes through them. […] Read More

There is probably no greater argument for God’s non-existence than the problem of evil. Theodicy, a term used by philosophers and theologians to define the problem of evil, is a problem for theists because if God exists as an all-knowing, all-powerful and all-loving God, why is there evil and suffering? Of course, when speaking of […] Read More

E pluribus unum. Out of many, one. I can’t help but look further back in time, long before U.S. history, to the Day of Pentecost narrated in Acts 2. In reading about this early group of Jesus followers waiting on the promised spirit, the very meaning of the phrase E pluribus unum comes alive. People […] Read More

Glenn Beck announced in May his next rally: Restoring Courage on Aug. 24 in Jerusalem. Beck’s announcement, which came two days after the 63rd anniversary of Israel’s declaration of sovereignty on May 14, 1948, was in reaction to President Obama’s remarks concerning the need to create a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders. Beck, […] Read More

In Acts 17:22-31, we read about Paul’s preaching to the Athenians, whom Paul acknowledges to be religious, particularly concerning the image they have dedicated to an “unknown God.”   Paul’s message, however, is to proclaim to these Athenians that this God is not unknown. Rather, the unknown God to which they have erected this image […] Read More

In Acts 17:22-31, we read about Paul’s preaching to the Athenians, whom Paul acknowledges to be religious, particularly concerning the image they have dedicated to an “unknown God.”   Paul’s message, however, is to proclaim to these Athenians that this God is not unknown. Rather, the unknown God to which they have erected this image […] Read More

At the bottom of my email messages, I have this quote from Thomas Merton: “A person is known better by his questions than his answers.”   These words sum up my understanding of religious faith. Faith is not about answers. Faith is about questions.   This way of thinking, for some odd reason, comes natural […] Read More