New Blog Software and Location

Well, I had to change hosting companies.  I debated whether to continue with Movable Type, as my blog software or to switch to something different, namely WordPress.  I would rather not do what “everyone else is doing,” like using WordPress, but I also just don’t have the time to continue getting into the nitty gritty of Web stuff any longer, so something simpler to use for a blog seemed smart.  Thus, here is my blog in WordPress (I’m a sell-out, I know).

The URL for the actual blog is different –

I have the old address ( redirected to the WordPress location.  There you go.

We shall see whether I stick with this or whether I do a new install of Movable Type (or perhaps its Melody offspring).



One of the benefits of the Christian Church in the world, or
a benefit that we should provide but in these days often don’t, is that we call
society and culture to higher standards of discourse, politics, education,
ethics, and culture, and call individuals to their better selves.  God desires us to live life to the full – in
sane, healthy, altruistic, and responsible ways that are beneficial to not only
ourselves, but to all of society.


In times past, if people wanted to be educated they went to
the Church. If you wanted to be cultured, you came to the Church.  If someone wanted to help “the least of
these,” s/he went to the Church. 
Not so much, anymore.  And, of
course, there are plenty of examples throughout history where the leadership of
the Church exploited, tortured, killed, maimed, impoverished, etc., people and
societies.  Yet, the negative exploits of
those who used (and continue to use) religion for their own gain does not
diminish what the Church is supposed to be and do and what we as Christians are
called to be and do.


In these days, we tend to align ourselves with the
prevailing culture that too often wants to dumb things down – because that is
what people in the general culture have come to expect. The banal, the lowest
common denominator, the most profane or perverse, the most demeaning, the most
dictatorial, the most arrogant, the most selfish, and so forth, has become the
norm.  We make little effort to truly teach
and to call people to move beyond and above the crass, sterile, and
manipulative norm that invades all of life. 
The perception many younger people have of the Church is that it is just
yet another cooped institution or group of people that wallow in the cultural
morass and that offers no real escape and alternative way forward.


As a Christian, I take upon myself to be educated, to seek
understanding and wisdom, to be forgiving, to be giving of myself, to be
respectful, to love beauty, peace, and freedom. I also understand that in order
to do all of this in God’s economy of things, my first and primary motivation
and goal is to love God with all of myself – my intentions, my devotions, my
perceptions, and my thoughts. It is tough to do in our culture, but we in the
Church must stop giving into or aiding the dumping down of everything.

Crisis in American Christianity

I suggest that the primary problem that is at the heart of the creeping
crisis in American Christianity is a spiritual one – not merely
financial or lack of members or the presence of young people or
unresponsive structures or antiquated thinking (1960’s and 1970’s
thinking, that is the antiquated thinking I’m writing about), but a
spiritual problem.

What is the single thing that the Christian
Church provides humanity that no other organization or institution or
system offers?  It is squarely Jesus Christ! Redemption –  forgiveness,
healing, and restoration between God and the rest of humanity.  That’s
it.  Period.

The Christian Church is not needed for social work,
political activism, justice seeking, or most anything else, except new
life in Christ. (Not that we don’t have something to say or do with
regard to those other things, but our engagement with such things is on a
primarily different plain than is secular society’s.)

Until we
recognize the reality of spiritual crisis, no matter what “change” we
engage in to correct other presumed crises within our churches will
bring about the results we seek or bring about the reality of the
Kingdom of God in the world around us.


English: Cover of the January 16, 1939 issue o...

English: Cover of the January 16, 1939 issue of Newsweek magazine. The issue features Felix Frankfurter on the cover. The issue cost 10 cents. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well, I heard this morning that the once venerable “Newsweek” will cease print publication and be a digital magazine beginning in January, 2013.  I’ve been getting Newsweek since my Current Events class in high school – many years ago.  I’ve debated ending my subscription several times as the magazine went through a variety of changes, many of them away from hard news reporting and to something more fluffy like “People” or some such magazine.  

The latest rendition it has taken after being given to Tina Brown and the “Daily Beast” pretty much convinced me to finally end my subscription – but I felt disloyal to a once great news magazine going through tough times.  Well, the decision has been made for me.  Just like “US News and World Report,” Newsweek will end being a substantive news magazine.

Sad, but yet another example of companies, media, organizations, or even churches whose leadership that just can’t seem to make the changes necessary to stay current and viable – the leadership of these organizations make changes, but the changes they think are pertinent simply aren’t, and they won’t learn.  Buggy whips.

Time for the “Economist.”

New and new again

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church, Ashfield, New South Wales.

I’m beginning to realize that much of what is passing as “innovative change” in the Church has more to do with attempts to force the continuance of late 20-Century “church” than to truly move into the reality of the emerging 21-Century.  We tend to put new cloths on the same-old-thing and call it innovative and new.  It isn’t. We deceive ourselves when we do such things.

There are examples all around of truly innovative thinking and methodology within American Christianity, if only we will open our eyes to see.  And, if we will be humble enough to learn. Yet, when we do see, it does not mean that we abandon who we are authentically in crass attempts to gain, whatever it is we want to gain. It means that we take our authentic best, and in my case the best of the enduring Anglican Tradition of Christianity, and figure out how to translate such enduring faith for emerging generations