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Foundations of Identity

Jesus is Normal

We all long for heroes and thus people groups and individuals search for those who are exceptionally gifted or stand out in some way and then make use of them. This is, it seems to me, a reflection of a normal human longing to affirm good qualities…
Truth-Telling and Sin

The Core of Christian Orthodoxy, Part 2

Christian tradition is important to understand because it is an essential ingredient in the formation of the assumptions we make about spirituality. These assumptions can be more unconscious than conscious depending upon the individual. And…
Truth-Telling and Sin

The Core of Christian Orthodoxy, Part 1

This and the next blog are my attempts to bring some conclusion to the series on “True Spirituality.” I have probably provoked more questions than I have answered but that is the point of the blogs—to write on a variety of theological…

True Spirituality, Part 2

To speak about “True Spirituality” carries with it the implication of a claim to know what the content, form and reality of spirituality actually is. So I will state clearly what is otherwise assumed here. In writing this series of essays…

True Spirituality, Part 1

The mood of the current culture in North America and Western countries is decisively tilted against religion in favor of “spirituality.” This term has become an empty and meaningless word precisely because it is used in so many different…

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