Discernment 101a: Always begin objectively BY: Denis Haack Listening as objectively as possible not only provides a good basis for continuing the process of discernment, it demonstrates something essential about what we believe.
Do We Worship the Same God? (Miroslav Volf, 2012) BY: Denis Haack Whether Muslims, Jews and Christians believe in the same God allows us to begin to explore the values we share in common that will allow us to live together and work together for the good of all.
Responding to a Changing World: Discernment Exercise BY: Denis Haack The idea that a Christian theologian of whatever stripe could be America’s premier public intellectual is simply unimaginable today at the beginning of the 21st century, but it was the case in the 1960s.
I Really Like Your Shoes BY: Margie Haack After a short introduction and a reading, I gave time for questions and conversation. It was uncomfortably quiet as I waited for the small crowd to say something, hoping that, please God, I could deal with locals who knew some of the people and places I named....
A Gentle Madness BY: Margie Haack As we prepare for a move that we pray happens later this year, we are looking into closets, corners and other hidey-holes in the house. What to sell, pitch or move? Denis and I each have collections we think indicate pathology or at least a “gentle madness” in the other....
Under Fire (Fred Burton & Samuel Katz, 2013) The Good Soldiers (David Finkel, 2009) BY: Denis Haack Too much is at stake for us to remain aloof, whether what is at stake is oil, international terrorism or human dignity.
Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi (Fred Burton and Samuel M. Katz, 2013) BY: Denis Haack What happens to soldiers and diplomats on the front line is always horrible. For those of us who have never been there, it is also unimaginable. The horror of the front lines is not necessarily reason not to go to war in a just cause, but it is sufficient reason to care for the soldiers who were there, regardless of the cost.
Neko Case, The Worse Things Get…(2013) BY: Denis Haack This is the music of a musician who knows what it means to be lost in the cosmos, and who wonders, hope against hope, if it is possible to be found.
I love my neighbor as myself but only because I don’t much care for myself.
- Garrison Keillor
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