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Growing Up LIberal II: The Swing Right

(My counterpoint to Philip Yancey’s “Growing Up Fundamentalist” - Part II)

As I thought about it, my upbringing in a Liberal Church taught me to be open, accepting and gracious, but left me lonely, empty and directionless.  That led me to an ecclesiastical adventure through the various shades of Christianity; from the fundamentalist to the radical and from the charismatic to the meditative.  Then over a decade later, I am asking myself again “what was I looking for?”

I remembered where I would be affirming (“you’re okay!”) but never got the same response.  So I ran back to what I thought was my safe place—my Liberal church.  But then an opposite twist to the conversation began to emerge:

“As Christians we should be open, accepting and gracious to other people, religions and ideologies.”

“We should be willing to be open and learn from ________________
(insert other religion or ideology).”
“Of course!”

“We SHOULD BE LIKE them and ___________________
(insert discipline of other religion or…

Growing Up Liberal

(My counterpoint to Philip Yancey’s “Growing Up Fundamentalist”)

One of my favorite hymns in my childhood is “One God” which was written by Barbra Streisand but was “hymnified” somewhere along the way.  It was a pleasantly scored music that stirred up the emotions as well as fed my mind.  There was this ambiguity to it that opened my mind to asking questions.   Key lyrics included “many a paths winding their way to one God” and “…men calling to him by many different names,” which in the immediate context of Ellinwood Malate Church seem to refer to the greater Christian community beyond our denomination (Presbyterian) represented.  However, an occasional interfaith event takes place and I begin to wonder if that ambiguity applies to the Buddhist, Hindu or Moslem names of their deities.  Of course, as I would find out later, Barbra Streisand is Jewish.

There were running debates among the knowledgeable; I had a cousin who thought that way and believed that all of humanity was ultimately s…

Salt & Light


So I finally started a blog. Some of the stuff here are old stuff that has been sitting since the beginning of my forays into the wild wild world of the net back in 1998. Back then the only thing my website contained were the Centennial fireworks photos. Because of the nuance of where I have been and what I am doing what better title for this blog than "Salt & Light"? It is a fitting metaphor for my blurbs and thoughts that combine both faith and photography. And's Biblical too :-)

Salt represents faith

Faith is an intangible and can be, as it is usually, reduced to an abstract concept. It does not have to be that way--like salt it should:

Stimulate the taste buds. It should excite and help an otherwise unsavory dish slide down easier.Sting the open sores. Whether they are cold sores in your mouth or cuts that stings in salt water.Stop decay. Act as a preservative as sprin…