About Us

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

  1. #1 by Gary Gift on June 15, 2011 - 4:25 pm

    I look forward to seeing your comments and thinking. Character is a great subject. Good luck to both of you


  2. #2 by Johanna Lehfeldt on June 17, 2011 - 10:22 pm

    I also enjoyed reading your thoughts. It’s something Conrad and I talk about often–how to build character in ourselves and especially in our kids. What can we as parents do to promote and encourage our children in this regard? I remember when I was growing up, every time something hard happened in my life (or I didn’t get what I wanted) my Dad would say, “It builds character.” I thought I must be full of character! Now that I’m older and a parent myself, I get what he was saying, but also feel that it must be much deeper than not getting all your material desires, or pushing through difficult situations. I’d love to hear your input!

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