Why this blog?
Maybe it will help to say first what we’re not interested in. We have no interest in merely complaining or pontificating about people who’ve gone wrong. We would find that boring and unhelpful. We approach this site aware of many, though certainly not all, of our own failures. We see life as a exercise in grace–the grace of God. And in this life we grow and stumble and grow and . . . well, you get the picture. But we hope that growth and grace outweigh falling and cynicism.
What we’re after here is a dialogue about the crisis of character we perceive in our world both in public and private life (can they be separated?). Failures of character demean people, robbing them of dignity and, sometimes, hope. They also bring moralizing scorn from others. Again, not helpful. We hope to discuss a variety of issues pertaining character and character formation. Character is vital to a happy life, to a peaceful society, and to the lifting up of others from despair to dignity. But what is it? How do we acquire it? How is it formed? And, if we’re getting older, can our character change? Is there hope?
Who are we?
We’re Jim Rizer and Wayne Bogue, long-time friends who studied theology, ethics, and pastoral counseling together at Princeton Theological Seminary. We’ve stayed close over the years–and so have our families (we’re both married with children). Jim is a Presbyterian minister shepherding a congregation in Michigan. Wayne is a writer living in South Carolina.
Please accept this invitation to join us on the road of discovery as we explore this complex and vital element of human life called character.
Wayne & Jim