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Elephant in the Church

No statement, theological or otherwise, should be made that would not be credible in the presence of burning children. Irving Greenberg

No statement, theological or otherwise, should be made that would not be credible in the presence of caged children and youth.  

This quote, which I originally found in Hall, Christian Antisemitism and Paul's Theology, is a timely reminder that silence,  too, is not a credible statement in the presence of the brutal treatment of young children on U.S soil. Texas soil. But silence is no substitute for compassion or justice.
The churches I attend and teaching I hear generally do not mention the brutality we inflict on others, many of whom are also brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ. How is our silence helping anyone?  
Tex Sample's cultural analysis of the cultural middle is relevant here. Cultural middle congregations live out of what Sample termed "explanatory theology," a descriptive phrase limiting faith to those problems that can be…

Practicing Appreciation

Our capacity for appreciation is a function of the "human" brain over the reptilian, at least for the times we choose to exercise our God- given capacity for wonder and appreciation. Appreciation is worthy of its description as one of the transcendent emotions, because it can foster profound moments of connection with something greater than ourselves

Appreciation allows us to be human, to love, to calm down, and better endure difficult times.  

When I served as a labor coach for my expectant wife, I was to make sure that her focal point was available, that is, a photo of her beloved kitty cat. Why? Because the sight was comforting and peace-giving to her, even in the most difficult pain of her labor.
Appreciation counteracts our natural tendency of adaptation to good things (the animal brain)- try making a regular list of all the things taken for granted.  

There are two ways to experience appreciation: one, we practice it daily or, two, we undergo the loss of blessings- and…