Category Archives: Christianity

FREE DINNER AND TEACHING

RSVP to me here: davidgemoore@gmail.com

Where: Hill House, a ministry to the UT community, but open to the public.

2104 Nueces St. Austin, TX 78705

Parking may be had across the street from the front door of Hill House in the Callaway House parking garage, on the street, and in other parking garages nearby. 

When: 6 p.m. for Dinner and 7-8 for Teaching and Discussion

Seven Wednesday Nights from June 5-July 17

Feel free to come to one or all sessions.  Each one covers different material all on the broad topic below.

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Engaging Controversy, Exhibiting Courage, and Exemplifying Christ-Like Character: Is it Possible in Today’s Climate?

We live in turbulent and divisive times.  Many Christians tell me that they can’t talk about political differences…with their best friends!  How much hope is there then to discuss controversial matters with those we don’t know?  Most are pessimistic about the prospect.

I believe we can do much better.  The tools to do so are available.

For many years, I’ve been thinking and writing about how people ought to engage on issues that they vehemently disagree on.  I’ve decided it is high time to speak on it.

 

 

GREAT ANTIDOTE TO SPIRITUAL APATHY

Backhouse has written a terrific book.

This study of Soren Kierkegaard is eminently relevant to us today.  Kierkegaard wanted to reintroduce Christianity to those who thought they knew all about it already.  Our pews are full (though American pews are emptying) of folks who are bored and self-satisfied in their spiritual apathy. 

Kierkegaard is a great antidote to apathy.  Read Backhouse’s wonderful book and see why!

CUTTING UP THE BIBLE

“On display now at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., is a special exhibit centered on a rare Bible from the 1800s that was used by British missionaries to convert and educate slaves.

What’s notable about this Bible is not just its rarity, but its content, or rather the lack of content. It excludes any portion of text that might inspire rebellion or liberation.”

https://www.npr.org/2018/12/09/674995075/slave-bible-from-the-1800s-omitted-key-passages-that-could-incite-rebellion

HT: JOHN FEA

SHARING THE GOSPEL TODAY

This came to mind the other day:

The combination of globalism and connectivity via media makes this generation much more perplexed, even immobilized, to know how or whether to share the gospel. Sharing the gospel seems more scandalous than ever.  We are more proximate to other religions and thus have a growing difficulty believing we are right and everyone else is wrong.

MARTIN LUTHER KING

Want a riveting read?  Well, this book certainly qualifies.

As a young Christian, I read a collection of King’s sermons titled Strength to Love.  In college, I took a rhetoric class where our professor regularly reminded us that King was the “greatest speaker he ever heard.”

Rosenbloom’s book chronicles the final 31 hours of King’s life.  And what a life it is.  The author does not paper over King’s adultery, but clearly thinks King was a great man.

King challenges us to live focused life with courage and compassion.

The publisher is to be thanked for making a beautiful book at a reasonable cost…a rarity in our day!

ROMAN CATHOLIC SEX ABUSE SCANDAL

There are many reasons I am not a Roman Catholic, but one certainly is the pervasive, historic, and systemic secrecy. Many examples could be offered. For example, the secrecy of the curia coupled with the condescending clericalism I’ve seen firsthand from priests in spite of what Vatican II says about learning from the laity are just a few.

It stretches credulity to think the Roman Catholic church can properly handle the ongoing (that word is key) sex abuse given the Roman Catholic’s long and problematic history.

And for the record, I taught in Poland and know many dynamic Christians who are in the Roman Catholic church. I just think the overall system is badly broken and lacks the proper theology in doctrine, leadership, and praxis to make things right.

There are similar, but not identical reasons that I’m not Baptist.  Though I am sympathetic to Baptist theology, and though the Southern Baptist Convention is not as secretive as the curia, there is much that still gives me concern.