Stump the Chaps IX-b: “Once Saved/In Hope – An Exploration”

Greetings, ST, 'Sieurs, and 'Ettes. It's always a treat to be with you for these posts. This time around, I'm responding to a further request from our gracious host: Would I sketch out the two viewpoints toward the question often asked in the Reform Christian tradion: "Are you saved?" I'll gladly attempt to illustrate these … Continue reading Stump the Chaps IX-b: “Once Saved/In Hope – An Exploration”

Stump the Chaps IX: “One and Done?…”

Greetings, ST, 'Ettes, and 'Sieurs! Good to be with you again! As is often the case, our gracious host recently requested an exploration of the idea "once saved, always saved" that is expressed in faith communities of the Reform tradition beginning in the 16th century. This post is not meant to be a debate about … Continue reading Stump the Chaps IX: “One and Done?…”

Stump the Chaps VIII: The Other ‘Peter Principle’

Greetings, ST, 'Ettes, and 'Sieurs! I have to thank our gracious host - as I often do - for asking this motivating question: "Do not Catholics consider all Popes to be successors to the Apostle Peter? If so, how does that work?" I'm so glad you asked, Your Saintliness! Petrine/papal primacy and apostolic succession, Chaps-style, … Continue reading Stump the Chaps VIII: The Other ‘Peter Principle’

“Stump the Chaps” VII: Ora et Labora (Pray and Work)

Greetings! to all in the Kaffeeklatsch on a lovely Autumn Sunday (into Monday for some of us). As usual, our gracious host recently spurred thought about the annoyingly pacific - almost paralyzed - stance taken by those who espouse conservatism - as all they cherish seems to slip through their willingly-splayed fingers. (As he originally … Continue reading “Stump the Chaps” VII: Ora et Labora (Pray and Work)

“Stump the Chaps” VI – Cultivating Gratitude

Greetings to All in the Kaffeeklatsch! There seems to be a thread running through recent entries in this "Stump the Chaps" series: Where are we individually, in relationship, in community [familial, local, national-political, and - with respect to the Higher Power that we either acknowledge or dismiss]? How did we get here? If we don't … Continue reading “Stump the Chaps” VI – Cultivating Gratitude

“Stump the Chaps V”: The Other ‘F-Word’

Greetings to All in ST’s Kaffeeklatsch! (Incidentally, the chai masala is quite good here, too.) At our last get-together, we looked at a couple of “outside-in” frameworks that might encourage people - especially the chronically electronically-tethered and alienated - to actually start living from the “inside-out”. As we discovered, in an earlier conversation, both Margot … Continue reading “Stump the Chaps V”: The Other ‘F-Word’

“Stump the Chaps” IV: Shared Values for an Atomized Society?

Greetings to All in ST’s Kaffeeklatsch! Since “it’s Sunday whenever the Chaps shows up.”, I offer the next installment in the “Stump the Chaps” series. A lot of reading – both here and offsite – has brought me back to considering the question of whether or not we can come up with a set of … Continue reading “Stump the Chaps” IV: Shared Values for an Atomized Society?