Barbara’s Purpose and Journey

Barbara’s purpose and journey

Nov 2016 – After a two-year break I’m resuming publication of Connections. I’ve especially missed the responses from readers. Many tell me they’ve missed getting Connections, too. At a Faith and Reason seminar I recently attended,… Continue reading

Dec 2009 Connections. Religious beliefs that provide feelings of serenity, security, and comfort often lead believers to mistreat other people, so shouldn’t be encouraged. Read/download 12-2009 Connections >

Aug 2008 Connections. The church’s increasing failure to make needed changes discourages Barbara and makes her wonder whether to continue Connections. Read/download 8-2008 Connections >

Mar 2006 Connections. It took me a long time to catch onto some facts that many other people discovered much earlier in life, and some of those came as a big shock when I finally caught on. One was that… Continue reading

Oct 2004 Connections. I pray, but apparently not in the ways many other Christians pray. I think a lot about prayer but rarely write or talk about it. My silence is partly because a lot about prayer baffles me.… Continue reading

Oct 2002 Connections. This issue finishes ten years of Connections. My basic concerns about the church haven’t changed during those years, but on some subjects my awareness has expanded and my feelings have intensified. Read/download 10-2002 Connections

Aug 2002 Connections. After hearing me speak recently about books that had furnished food for my spiritual journey, a Connections reader asked me for a list of the books that had been most important to me. I thought I could… Continue reading

June 2001 Connections. “What led you to start writing Connections?” readers often ask. “Why don’t you charge everyone for it? Does the money you get for it cover the cost?” “Doesn’t the reading you do for it take a… Continue reading

May 2001 Connections. “A worldview,” says theologian Walter Wink in The Powers That Be,* “provides a picture of the nature of things.” It covers such subjects as “where is heaven, where is earth, what is visible and invisible, what… Continue reading