When engaged in a discussion of an issue over which we and another person have a strong and emotional disagreement there is an essential baseline from which to proceed. That baseline can only be achieved when each states the other’s position to the point where the “opponent” indicates that her or his point of view … Read moreListening
Before taking up the battle in any manner we must commit ourselves to some absolute requirements. We could call it “basic training” or “fundamental building blocks,” but, however it’s described, none of us can hope to operate in this cosmic endeavor without it. Prayer must be a constant—not just the occasional invocation or blessing or … Read moreBasic Training
Some may find the descriptive phrase “Church Militant” offensive, given the obvious connection with all things military, including the countless imperfections, tragedies, and horrors of ordinary war. However, the phrase may also be accurately rendered as “Church Struggling” or “Church Striving.” Inherent in the concept is a bias for action. Like it or not, we … Read moreChurch Militant?
How many of us gasped in horror when we witnessed state legislators applauding and cheering as a law was passed allowing the murder of children in the womb up to (and perhaps beyond) the moment of birth? But, let us consider: what sorts of sincerely-held moral beliefs could lead an elected representative to advocate … Read moreNew 9-11?
One underlying assumption for this new Centered endeavor is that all followers of Jesus Christ are, for as long as they have life and breath, members of the earthly Church Militant. In other words, we are engaged in a battle against evil—particularly the evil we find within ourselves—that will only end with our individual … Read moreSome Preliminary Assumptions