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Proverbs 31: 8-9 : "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves…"

September 15, 2009
by Stephen Pearl
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“Who am I to judge…?” – The Complete Series

The following postings are a compilation of a five-part series I did considering Brian McLaren’s decision to observe the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and one person’s reaction to my concern over McLaren’s choice.  It’s called, “Who am I to … Continue reading

September 15, 2009
by Stephen Pearl
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“Who am I to judge…? Part V: Getting Discerning

(continued from Part IV) Okay, we have finally finished our trip through the spooky McLaren forest and are dusting ourselves off now that we have reached the other side.  Now it’s time to talk turkey. (By the way…  I still … Continue reading

September 15, 2009
by Stephen Pearl
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“Who am I to judge…?” Part IV: So Many Questions, So Little Time.

(continued from Part III) If you have been following along at home, I said way back in Part II of this series that the, “Who am I to judge…?” question dropped a barge-load of heavy duty questions at my spiritual … Continue reading

September 15, 2009
by Stephen Pearl
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“Who am I to judge…?” Part III: Doubting McLaren, Doubting God?

(continued from Part II) The problem with a line like, “Who am I to judge…?” is that it springs up like a relativistic cobra from the dense underbrush of legitimate theological debate.  It is intended to do one thing; stop … Continue reading

September 15, 2009
by Stephen Pearl
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“Who am I to judge…?” Part II: Rhetorical Road Blocks

(continued from Part I) The essence of the obviously rhetorical, “Who am I to judge…?” question is simple. McLaren is doing what he can to build relationships with people of other faiths.  If McLaren thinks he is doing what God … Continue reading

September 15, 2009
by Stephen Pearl
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“Who am I to judge…?” Part I: Christianity Goes Ramadan

I have been thinking a lot lately about the spiritual tension between the words “judgment” and “discernment. ”  This trip through the wonderland of religious semantics all started when Brian McLaren, noted Christ Follower (aka: “Christian”) and de-facto global head … Continue reading

September 10, 2009
by Stephen Pearl
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Obama Speaks Plainly – And Slips One By…

My family and I sat down tonight to a civics lesson in why Barack Obama is the Prez and George Bush is a fast-fading memory.  The man can just plain speak and when he does speak he speaks very plainly.  … Continue reading