Past the Edge

December 14, 2011

Sit down, strap in, and then…click this link.  The link resolves to the video below, except in full screen HD (1080p)! Oh, and you may want to warn anyone nearby that you’re about to scream.  Like a little girl.  On a roller coaster. [Thanks, Bill!]

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Hate to Live

December 9, 2011

A friend recently reminded me of the old Christian adage, “Love the sinner, but hate the sin.”  Doesn’t that sound balanced and wise?  I’ve always thought so.  Having reflected on it afresh, however, I believe I was wrong.  The adage is bunk. It’s bunk because hate doesn’t heal, doesn’t transform, and doesn’t free.  It does […]

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Learning to Trust What God Trusts

November 28, 2011

There are a lot of holy books and ideologies out there.  For those of us who believe the Bible is true, it’s beneficial to remember how we got there.  How did you come to your belief?  Why did you choose to believe the Bible (if you did)?  I suggest that answer is super-important, for it […]

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Shield of Faith

November 26, 2011

We don’t need the biblical shield of faith if we carry our own shield that says “no” to experiences that we don’t like. The real shield of faith, which I think few wield, allows us to say “yes” to everything, including evil spiritual warfare. The biblical shield of faith is actually trust–trust that GOD protects […]

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I Think, Therefore I’m Not

November 18, 2011

We think too much. Or at least I do. I think therefore I am is a true lie! The problem with thinking is that it’s so limited though it does not look it; it’s self-focusing without appearing narcissistic; it seems necessary and essential but is rarely (if ever) transforming. I’m telling my own story here.  […]

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Lord of the Flies

November 17, 2011

I had a free afternoon! I was in the mountains at a Men’s Retreat, and anything went. I decided to spend much of it in the small prayer chapel as has been my wont in recent years.  I was the only one there.  From my journal: There are little black flies in the Chapel.  They […]

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Richard Rohr

November 16, 2011

One of my most beloved teachers is Richard Rohr. PBS just profiled him for their Religion and Ethics newsweekly, and I thought they really captured his essence. Watch it here if you’re interested. I was introduced to Fr. Richard a couple years ago by a friend who forwarded me a copy of his Daily Meditations […]

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Where’s the Line?

November 15, 2011

Isn’t it peculiar how we can use the Bible to prove whatever we want, all with the apparent blessing of God?  Racism?  Check.  War?  Check.  Patriarchy?  Check.  It’s like we can tailor Christianity to what feels right…to us.  All we need to do is pick and choose which verses and passages to emphasize. This clip […]

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The 147 Corporations Controlling Most of the Global Economy

October 24, 2011

Saw this post over at Slashdot: “Researchers at the Swiss Federal Technology Institute in Zurich have identified a ‘Capitalist Network’ [PDF] of well-connected companies that control most of the global economy. They further identified the 147 ‘super-connected’ companies that control forty percent or more of the global financial network. If one believes the mega-corporations have […]

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Should JesusWeen Replace Halloween?

October 7, 2011

I saw this picture at a news aggregation site: What a name.  JesusWeen.  I simultaneously laughed and winced at the cleverness of the apparent hoax. Since I prefer to verify things, I went to their website to see if it was indeed “hoaxish”.  The site’s professionalism surprised me!  Most of the links didn’t work, but […]

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