Happy Holidays

It’s just about the beginning of Advent, which triggers my annual month of grouchiness and grumbling. So if you wish me well, my response will be a genuine, “THANK YOU.”

Context

One of the main lessons I gleaned from higher education is the statement, “Context is key.” This was applied to my theology and Bible classes, certainly, but it spread out from there. History, language, philosophy, even civics and the sciences all led back to that statement. Really, unless you’re dealing with pure math it’s kind…

My Goal – Constructive Blogging

Thus far, I am enjoying this new discipline of blogging something every day. Blogging can be a difficult practice to do well, and I’m committed to making Painfully Hopeful a valuable destination for blog readers. As I begin this journey I want to make to myself regarding the nature of Painfully Hopeful. It would be…

OK, here’s an example why I want the culture war to end…

Folks, this video from CNN (which I’d love to embed, are you listening wordpress.com?) is a great example of why the culture war needs to end. Two points: President-Elect Obama might not be Christian according to this pastor – but neither can you even remotely make the case from President-Elect Obama’s own words that he…

Maturing attitudes about religion and politics…

This morning, I came accross this article about putting this election into a Christian perspective.  It’s worth the read. I’m beginning to become encouraged by signs of what I can only call a maturing of how Americans view religion and politics.  For the past eight years the only voices I heard were the culture-warriors who…