Category Archives: Love

The Divine Interpretation of Christ’s Death

As I have been working my way through writing the first draft of my book, Our Love Is Too Small, I have confessed that nothing draws us more deeply into the love of God than the death of Christ “for … Continue reading

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Missional-Ecumenism in Early 20th Century India

Bishop Vedanayagam Samuel Azariah (August 17, 1874 – January 1, 1945), simply known as V. S. Azariah, was an Indian Anglican bishop. He was also a very important pioneer of Christian ecumenism in India. Azariah became the first Indian bishop … Continue reading

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Friendship, Mentors and Divine Love

Someone recently wrote to me about relationships – comparing the various kinds of human relationships we have in terms of our different kinds of friends; including our peers and mentors/mentees. The dictionary says that a friend is a person known well … Continue reading

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Thomas Merton on the Catholicity of Ecumenism

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was a writer and Trappist monk at Our Lady of Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky, not too far from Louisville. His writings include such classics as The Seven Storey Mountain, New Seeds of Contemplation, and Zen and the … Continue reading

Posted in Discipleship, Love, Mysticism, Personal, Poverty, Religion, Roman Catholicism, The Church, Unity of the Church | 7 Comments/Likes

The Cross of Christ & the Love of God – What Saves Us?

I am currently writing a book on love, both God’s love and our love. In writing the first half of my book I have sought to deal with the cross. I do not know how you can talk about God’s … Continue reading

Posted in American Evangelicalism, Biblical Theology, Christ/Christology, Jesus, Liturgy, Love, Orthodoxy, Personal | 31 Comments/Likes

Dialogue vs. Dogma?

The word dialogue is very important to me, and my view of truth, at least in terms of the way Christians live with one another, and with non-Christians, in the modern age. What do I mean by dialogue? Could it … Continue reading

Posted in ACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Apologetics, Church Tradition, Creeds, Culture, Current Affairs, Evangelism, Ideology, Love, Personal, Philosophy, The Future | 12 Comments/Likes

God Has Loved Me to the End of My Sinfulness, Pride and Self-Interest

Friends who read my posts and emails (you can subscribe to the emails at to the ACT3 Weekly and receive a free pdf copy of my small book The Unity Factor ) know that I wrote a major book titled Your … Continue reading

Posted in ACT 3, Love, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Renewal, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church | 13 Comments/Likes

“This Blows Me Away”

There are times in our lives when something happens that, as we like to say, “Blows us away.” This American slang expression is a popular way of saying, “I am speechless. I am deeply moved. I cannot explain how I … Continue reading

Posted in ACT 3, Current Affairs, Love, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, Unity of the Church | 30 Comments/Likes

How and Why ACT3 Began

The ministry of ACT3 Network was legally incorporated in 1991. Four men joined me in our home in Carol Stream for the purpose of founding a non-profit teaching mission that would seek the renewal of the church through impacting the … Continue reading

Posted in ACT 3, Discipleship, Friendship, Kingdom of God, Leadership, Love, Missional-Ecumenism, Pastoral Renewal, Personal, Religion, Renewal, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church | 5 Comments/Likes

John Newton’s Three Great Surprises

The amazing John Newton (1725-1807), writer of the greatest hymn (Amazing Grace) of all-time, was a “slaver” on a ship that hauled African captives to Great Britain for sale. His life was debauched and depraved beyond excess. He had no … Continue reading

Posted in Gospel/Good News, Love, Personal | 9 Comments/Likes