The Simple Answer Isn't Always The Best Answer

“Professor, what does our denomination teach about homosexuality?” Her voice and the look in her eyes communicated she wanted something deeper than just a factual answer. She desired to be restored to a place of certainty. If you don’t know how to swim, wading in past the point where you can touch, can evoke fear, panic, and a need for solid ground. She had gone in to far and was looking for me to rescue her. As an Old Testament Professor at a fundamental liberal arts college, I walked a fine line between teaching students to think critically and meeting the expectation that I would indoctrinate them into the beliefs that formed the core of our denomination. Parents were spending a significa

"Don't Let That Education Change You"

“Don’t let that education change you.” These were my father’s words he shared 33 years ago as I prepared to trek half way across the United States to attend college. I agreed. I would not let it change me. I was wrong. Education is too powerful. It took me 25 years to realize how powerful it really is. All those years in its grasp, education molded me into a different person. It impacted my beliefs, ideas, goals, character, and desires along with many other areas of life. Dr. Brian Peckham was one teacher who wielded his craft masterfully. He inherently knew how much pressure to apply; when to challenge, when to praise. As he directed me through the process of writing of my doctoral disserta

New View of Sacred Text

At a young age I was mesmerized by the Bible. This passion eventually turned into a way of making a living that continues to sustain my wife and I for 33 years. During this time two questions occasionally would arise and pester me. “What role do sacred writings play in our culture today and is the Bible still relevant?” For some Christians, the answer is definitively, “Yes.” The Bible is a type of cookbook for life. Depending upon what dish the occasion calls for, one can flip to the appropriately tagged section and there awaits a list of perfect ingredients and reliable instructions. For example, a recently engaged couple desires to know how they can be a good Christian spouse. She discover

I Wish You Bad Luck

Every summer I look forward to reading many of the wonderful commencement addresses given around the country. I always find a couple of gems which impart great insights and wisdom we can all learn from. This year I found one delivered by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts at his son's ninth-grade graduation from Cardigan Mountain School — a New Hampshire boarding school for boys in grades six through nine. Chief Roberts’ advice ran counter to many typical commencement speeches. Here’s a part of it: “Now the commencement speakers will typically wish you good luck and extend good wishes to you. I will not do that, and I’ll tell you why. From time to time in the years to come, I hope yo

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