The fifth column that would destroy us.
I spend a fair amount of time researching interventions about workplace violence. I know the epidemiology. And I despise the Duluth Model. It is not science. It is not therapy. It is ideology. And unlike the Bass and Davis polemic of child sexual abuse, it has not been abandoned. Both cause damage. I can recall, […] Read More
Act with discipline [I Tim 4].
I don’t use the revised common lectionary, but the Book of Common Prayer. So the sermon today was from James: we talked about being doers of the word, and not hearers only, and about the plans of osme of our congregation to go and with Habitat for Humanity in Nepal (Earthquakes resonate in NZ. We […] Read More
The prosperity (heresy) trap.
In the service today the Minister did some speculation — that as Christ was told at his baptism that this was his son and he was well pleased with him as he identified with the fallen and let himself be so identified by entering baptism for repentance — at the end of his ministry, on […] Read More
The (Laodecean) Reformed.
I have always considered this applies to my church. The Reformed have toe or three flaws: we tend to intellectualize; we tend to distrust emotions, and we manage to acquire wealth. One of the signs people consider to see if you are of the elect — incorrectly, as the passage indicates — is that you […] Read More
Sabaoth and Return.
Yesterday was an odd day. One half of the day was hot to the point that it was physically painful to go outside and I hunkered in the bedroom, curtains drawn, doors open (I have a door to an outside porch in my room) and doing wordpress administration. Or arguing. Then the rain came, and […] Read More