Ken Collins’ Website was born on 5 December 1995, and it received its domain name (www.kencollins.com) on 10 September 1996. It has been on the web longer than Wikipedia, YouTube, or Facebook, so it can remember when those guys were just toddlers.
In this website, I attempt to represent the Universal Church rather than my denomination. Accordingly, the material that you find on this website is ecumenically broad and historically deep. I have tried my best to make sure that the material is well-researched, accurate, compelling, and accessible to everyone. Nevertheless, if you believe you have found a mistake, please let me know right away.
This website contains almost 1,000 files, which is the equivalent of at least 3,000 printed pages. When I update my website, it’s not always to add a new article. Quite often I revise the existing articles to correct errors and typos, fix broken links, reword unclear points, include more details, or try to make the text more readable.
Of course, it is hard to maintain a website of this size when you’re doing everything by hand. If you see something that doesn’t display correctly, let me know.
I designed this website to look and work the same in any up-to-date browser. Today, web standards have settled down and everyone has finally seen the benefit of complying with them. However, there is still change. Browsers are constantly being updated, not just to improve compliance with standards, but to fix security problems, and to implement new technologies. It doesn’t matter much any more which browser you use, but it is important to keep it up to date.
You can also view this website on any portable device that has a web browser. You’ll see a different layout when your browser (or screen) is not wide enough for the usual layout.
I was using it to build and improve this website. When I began in the 1990s, there were no tools for building websites (there were no blogs). There were very few standards and most browsers didn’t comply with them anyway. They were fighting for market share. It was possible to write a web page that looked just fine in one browser but would be all black in its competitor! Anyone who wanted a website had to do everything manually and had to be careful only to use what all the browsers had in common. It all piled up and got complicated. Now I’m stuck with writing all the HTML and software myself. If you believe that any part of my website looks or behaves incorrectly, let me know.
If you are still using Internet Explorer, stop. Not even Microsoft wants you to use it.
About permission to reprint
You can make copies of the essays in my website for your personal use. For instance, you can print them out for future reference or to show them to someone.
If your browser only prints out the first page, there is a work-around.
- Open your word processor and create a new, blank document.
- Switch to the browser, press CTRL+A to highlight all the text on the page (or you can just highlight the portion you want)
- Press CTRL+C to copy the highlighted text
- Switch to the new, blank document and press CTRL+V.
- Save the document and print it.
If you use a Macintosh, as I do, follow those instructions, but use the Command key instead of the Control key.
The following provisions deal with public use.
I hereby grant you a copyright license to reprint the essays you find on Ken Collins’ Website. You can read them to a group, you can reprint them, or you can print out and distribute as many copies as you like, as long as you honor these guidelines:
- Do not make any substantive changes in the text.
- Mention the source whenever you read it out loud to a group.
- Include a copyright notice if you are distributing it in printed form. Here two sample forms. Either © or (c) is okay.
- If you reprint an essay in a publication that does not pay its contributors, such as a local church newsletter, you may reprint it for free.
- If you reprint an essay in a publication that pays its contributors, such as a denominational magazine, it would be nice if I were paid the normal rate.
Copyright © 2018 by the Rev. Kenneth W. Collins. Reprinted with permission.
Copyright (c) 2018 by the Rev. Kenneth W. Collins. Reprinted with permission
No one can copyright an idea. This means that if you get an idea from one of my essays, you can develop it in your own words in an essay or a sermon without any restrictions or obligations.
This license includes only text and any pictures in which i appear personally. Other pictures are copyright ©Hemera Technologies, Inc., 1997-1999. I have a license to use them. You can reproduce the pictures on this page and any picture in which I appear personally, but not any others, because they are copyrighted by Hemera Techologies.
If you have any questions, or this license doesn’t cover your situation, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I would also enjoy receiving a copy of any publication that reprints my essays (but that is not required).
About the content of this website
This website contains only original material that I wrote, except for quotations from other sources. Consequently, it is all my own personal opinion, which you might have to take with a grain of salt. Examine everything and hold fast only to that which is good.
My policy for this website is as follows:
- No politics, left or right
There are plenty of other websites that advocate political positions on the burning issues of the day. There’s no need for me to add to the glut. Anyway, I’ve observed that today’s burning issues are tomorrow’s ashes.
- No polemics against religious groups
I will affirm my beliefs, but I won’t single out any religious group to refute its beliefs or practices. There is no need to refute the darkness if we stand in the Light, because the Light itself banishes all darkness.
- No attacks on people, whether individuals or groups
God hates sin, but He loves people even more. That is why He sent His Son to get rid of the sins and save the people. It would be fun to talk about other people’s sins, but that is a sin in itself: gossip. Since we are all sinners, we would only be arguing over the seating arrangement on the bus to hell. So instead I will concentrate on getting us all off the bus.
I will never tell you that any specific person or any group of people are causing the end of the world.
- No end-times Bulletins
While I affirm that Jesus will return, raise the dead, and judge all flesh, I observe that everyone who has attempted to interpret current events to determine the time of His coming has been confounded. Therefore, I won’t even try. Instead, I will strive to be ready all the time.
Pick up a pencil. Notice that your fingers can’t pick up the pencil unless the thumb opposes them. The fingers outvote the thumb four to one, but the majority can’t accomplish much of anything without the minority’s opposition. So I feel that the Holy Spirit may inspire the members of the body of Christ to disagree with each other from time to time, because minority opinions usually serve some higher purpose. This is why church elections, inspired by the Holy Spirit, are rarely unanimous. Therefore, I am respectful of people who disagree with me; the Holy Spirit might have sent them to correct and reprove me.
About the design and appearance of this website
There are fads in web design and layout that I do not like and will not implement in my website.
- Hanna-Barbera design
This is my name for “flat design.” Designers think it is modern, but I think it comes from subconscious nostalgia for the Saturday-morning cartoons of the 1960s, such as Yogi Bear and Deputy Dawg. The problem with the flat design is that there are fewer visual cues, making the website harder to use.
- Toilet-paper layout
This is a crude name for a crude layout. You see this on some websites and on smart-phone apps. There is no real structure. All the information is on one page, which you have to scroll, and scroll, and scroll, and scroll, and scroll to find the content you want. Some of my pages might be long, but not to an extreme. The glossary pages might be an exception, but it is driven by the content and the entries are in alphabetical order.
- Bad color choices
It’s all the rage these days to use bright, garish colors that don’t contrast well. My website will never blind you with Lipstick Red on huge expanses of Searchlight White, and I’ll never make you squint to read whitish blue text on a bluish white background.
The color scheme of my website is based on the color usage of the Western Church, which is white (or gold), purple, green, and red.
Who is Ken Collins?
I am an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), which is a member denomination of the Churches Uniting in Christ and Christian Churches Together in the USA. For sixteen years, I pastored a church in McLean, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, DC USA.
You can read about my ordination process.
I live in Fairfax County, Virginia, which was the home of George Washington, the first president of the United States, and of George Mason, the author of the U.S. Bill of Rights. Since then, we haven’t done much, but I’m not going to apologize. We’re not lazy, we’re just stuck in rush-hour traffic. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and my Master of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.
Do not allow my persuasive writing style to overcome your skepticism: weigh my words, check my facts, and accept only what passes muster. Don’t agree with me without first putting me to the test, which is your duty according to 1 John 4:1-3.
I affirm that salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and that we are saved in order to serve (Ephesians 2:8-10). I affirm the incarnation, ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ, and His lordship over all things. I look forward to the resurrection on the last day.
Please feel free to correspond with me; I’ll give you the best response I can as promptly as possible.