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Hymns (mp3)

Be Still My Soul
Follow Christ
God of Earth
If You Have Faith
O God of Love
Keep Us Safe
O God of Life
God of Abraham
Cry for Justice
This is My Prayer
To Make You True
Where are You

 

Carols (mp3)

Ding Dong
Coventry
Friendly Beasts
Lo a Rose
Patapan
What Child
Unto Us
Huron Carol
Jesus Born
Dark of Winter
Foom
All Mortal Flesh
Drummer Boy
Gabriel's Message
Hush My Dear
Infant Holy
Savior Come
We Three Kings

Books

Faith, Belief, and Religion

Quest for Truth

Faith in Human Rights

Jerusalem Journal

Doing Ethics in a Diverse World

Doing Environmental Ethics

Ethics

Ethics concerns what is right and wrong and how we decide. Christian ethics draws on the teachings of the church and witness of the Bible. 

The assertion in the Scots Confession of 1560 that we interpret the plain text of scripture by the principles of Christian faith and the rule of law in the New Testament is very helpful for Christian ethics. As we consider contemporary issues, which could not have been contemplated by those who wrote the Bible, we need to apply Christian scripture in the light of church doctrines and the great commandment to love God and our neighbors.

Ethical Investing

A PDF file that suggests why moving money from big banks into community investments makes sense.

Public Banking: A Saving Grace?

Public banking seems to be effective in constraining banking practices that I would characterize as more sinful than redeeming.

Ecology 

Ecology concerns the life of the earth. It poses ethical issues of paramount importance, because we depends on the earth for life and yet humankind is rapidly degrading the capacity of the earth to support life.

To purchase my introductory textbook, Doing Environmental Ethics (2nd edition), click on the title.

Rights 

Human rights are not only international law but a matter of faith. Thus, ethical issues concerning rights require not only a concern for the law but also an understanding of the biblical imperatives.

A study of religious support all over the globe for international human rights law was published in 1991 under the title Faith in Human Rights. Chapters include ethical arguments by the World Council of Churches, Evangelicals, and Catholics.

Sex 

There is much controversy in the church today concerning sex before marriage and homosexuality. The latter issue bitterly divides many Protestant denominations.

Letters from Jerusalem 

In 2005 I served as a volunteer with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) sponsored by the World Council of Churches. These letters tell of my involvement with Israelis and Palestinians committed to a just peace for both peoples through nonviolent initiatives.

For a Powerpoint presentation about the work of EAPPI, click here.

Selective Divestment

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted in the summer of 2004 to pursue selective divestment in corporations selling merchandise to the Israeli government, which is being used to maintain the occupation of Palestinian land.  This essay is a ethical reflection on the actions of the Church.

War 

In response to attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon, the United States has declared war on terrorism and has organized a coalition of nations to support attacks on countries harboring terrorists. How are Christians to respond?

Non-Adversarial Conflict Resolution 

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