Things I Used To Think: Duane W.H. Arnold, PhD

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19 Responses

  1. Babylon’s Dread says:

    This is really helpful and fun and instead of quibble at the edges of what you’ve offfered I’ll just applaud.

  2. Duane Arnold says:


    Many thanks… I was hoping to avoid the torches and pitchforks ?

  3. Xenia says:

    This post reflects my changing thoughts as well, Duane. I think I can sum it up best with the life-changing realization that the Church is a hospital, not a Book club.

  4. Michael says:

    I used to think if I studied long and hard enough, I would come to settled truths about everything…the only thing I’ve settled on is Jesus and learning until I die…

  5. Duane Arnold says:


    Indeed… and we all stand in need of the hospital.

  6. Duane Arnold says:


    “I used to think if I studied long and hard enough, I would come to settled truths about everything…”
    Then you ran into +Michael Ramsey… ?

  7. Michael says:

    “Then you ran into +Michael Ramsey… ?”
    Like running into a truck…but I’m grateful…

  8. Paige says:

    Thank you!

    Yes! On going learning proves that we’re still alive, hopefully listening and potentially of use to God and fellow travelers in this life.

    Yes, Michael, Jesus and learning til we move on to Eternal Life.

  9. Michael says:

    I used to think the Roman Catholics and Orthodox were purveyors of a false Gospel…then I came to know that “Gospel” is a mighty big word…

  10. Michael says:

    I used to think that I desperately wanted to be “right’…and found that “right” is a mighty big word…

  11. Duane Arnold says:


    Just back from the funeral of my Jesuit friend, Tom. I seated myself in the congregation, when I felt a tap on my shoulder. It was a priest who said, “Tom would have wanted you to sit with the clergy” and led me to that section. “Gospel” IS a very big word…

  12. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Duane, good article.
    A change of ‘thought’ I had that then made itself manifest in all the other ‘thoughts’ I changed over the past 15 years was realizing that worship was me coming to church to receive good and free gifts from God – not me coming to give God something.

  13. Duane Arnold says:


    Many thanks…

  14. Xenia says:

    I think I used to confuse the Bible with Jesus. The word “word” has several different meanings. Sorting the meanings out was a big eye-opener for me. Jesus =/= the Bible. I had this confused in my mind (and I knew I was confused at the time) for most of my Christian life.

    People said things… like when someone is upset, they find solace in the Scriptures. Well sure, that’s ok but isn’t it better to find solace in Christ? You may connect with Him by means of the Scriptures but He is the ultimate Solace, not the Book about Him. You may also find His solace through prayer or Communion.

  15. Michael says:

    “Jesus =/= the Bible. I had this confused in my mind (and I knew I was confused at the time) for most of my Christian life.”

    I’ll say the “amen” to that one!

  16. Em says:

    Thinking on the thinking….
    God does dwell outside of time, but earth does have a linear history – the unfolding of God’s plan. The climactic event was, indeed, the incarnation and the resulting victory
    Leadership.. hmmm stewardship? Amen morning’s reading today was God bringing Miriam down a peg for questioning her brother Moses’ competence
    Church communities? Shouldn’t these be all things necessary to living in Christ? Pied Piper churches are sad…..
    I like the observation that the goal of prayer, in addition to supplication, confession and praise should be repeating God’s instruction back to Him – in affirmation
    Good teachers do indeed build long term
    Theological argument, likewise, should build – eternal truths?
    Doubts and questions, likewise. ?
    Isn’t it interesting how life’s responsibilities seem more important than communing with the Author and Creator of it?
    Interesting ponder, information v transformation…. can we develop the mind of Christ by mastering theology? (honest question)
    Depression, anxiety, overwhelming mental problems – Amen!
    Jesus is located in all those places? Yes and amen
    Can you fly a Led Zeppelin? ?

    Thank you for the ponders, Dr. Duane

  17. JoelG says:

    These are very helpful. There’s a lot here to think on.

    I love the thought of church as a hospital. Receiving Gods Gifts in the Sacraments is so reassuring to those who struggle with anxiety, like myself. Confession, absolution and forgiveness of sins is something we all need every week.

    Thank you Duane.

  18. Duane Arnold says:


    Indeed. We need “good news”.

  19. JD says:

    Unfortunately, some people need to be lectured.

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