We should maintain that if an interpretation of any word in any religion leads to disharmony and does not positively further the welfare of the many, then such an interpretation is to be regarded as wrong; that is, against the will of God, or as the working of Satan or Mara.
Buddhadasa Bikkhu, a Thai Buddhist Monk
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Happy Birthday, RPK
Of course, my progressive political orientation leaks out now and again. Readers get enough of that elsewhere, and I am trying to keep it to a minimum here. Sometimes, however, I just can't help myself! And issues concerning church renewal have obviously been another theme this year. Many of the pastors who have a blog use their blog to augment their own pastoral ministry. I have to confess, especially to parishioners who may read RPK from time to time, that I haven't done that. RPK is an opportunity to go back in a sense to my previous life as a research historian who enjoys playing with ideas and trolling for interesting thoughts. Still, I trust that things I chew on here will be of benefit to the church I serve as well as to other readers. RPK has averaged about a thousand visits a month, which is tiny by Web standards but feels comfortable to a small-town preacher who is content with being just that. So, here we go into year two!