“It’s an understandable mistake – but it’s still a mistake. […] The mistake made by [many] contemporary Christians, is to imagine the relations of the three Persons of the Holy Trinity as a kind of dance.”
“Some time ago I received an email from one of my former students [who tried] to live a Christian life, but [found] the church intellectually feeble and spiritually lifeless. In particular, she [was] nauseated by the way that certain Christian preachers [used] the hope of a ‘sweet by and by’ to dull the pain their congregants feel in the here and now. [Read further to see] what she wrote [and my response].”
“Readers of this blog may recall that last week’s post contained a letter from a former student of mine, plus the first half of my reply. The present post contains the conclusion of my letter [–] ‘the sermonic part of this long letter.’”
“Some time ago, I got a handwritten letter from a former student. I’m not sure how much my young friend benefited from my reply, but […] I am thus venturing to publish this exchange of letters in this blog.”
Read how Dr. Steele used St. Augustine’s story of the theft of the pears as an illustration, that ended up having equal parts serendipity and machinations rolled into one class!
Dr. Steele discusses the complexities and nuances of using moral judgement in a context of pastoral care.