Homosexual Orientation, Attraction, Identity, and Practice: A Pastoral Approach

Homosexual Orientation, Attraction, Identity, and Practice: A Pastoral Approach

This reflection paper was triggered by some incidents whose mentioning would help to clarify the context of this writing. A church member came to my office for some information. While he waited, I was caught off-guard when he queried, “Pastor, have you heard that Andrews University has publicly endorsed homosexuality?” Instinctively I dismissed his

Did He Who Made the Lamb Make Thee?

Did He Who Made the Lamb Make Thee?

“The Tyger,” quoted above, is a stunning and sublime work of poetry by the English romantic painter, poet, and printmaker William Blake. But beyond its beauty, it probes into one of the most troubling existential questions of life: the dual presence of beauty and horror, pleasure and pain, happiness and misery, goodness and viciousness. Though the

I Buy, Therefore I Am: How Materialism Twists Our Identity

I Buy, Therefore I Am: How Materialism Twists Our Identity

Materialism could be defined as “a preoccupation with or tendency to seek after or stress material things rather than intellectual or spiritual things.”[1] We can also define it as “any set of doctrines stressing the primacy of material over spiritual factors in metaphysics, value theory, physiology, epistemology, or historical explanation.”[2] Wit

Facing God’s Judgment Without Fear

Facing God’s Judgment Without Fear

The sight of Shylock’s gleaming knife struck terror and fear into Antonio’s heart. Antonio had defaulted on a loan from Shylock, and as one of the conditions of the contract, Shylock had stipulated taking a pound of Antonio’s flesh. Standing before the jury, Antonio is now overwhelmed with the dreadful thought of Shylock’s sword. These fears domina

Biblical Earmarks: Learning from Scripture How to Meditate

Biblical Earmarks: Learning from Scripture How to Meditate

The English word “meditate” comes from the Latin meditari, which connotes deep, continued reflection. It involves the narrowing of consciousness to a single theme, symbol, or doctrine, as well as thinking deeply about a particular religious subject.1 Some Distinctions Meditation as practiced in eastern traditions is distinct from the biblical notio