Category Archives: Life & Death

Do Not Resist An Evil Person

Jesus was just so fucking smart. I like thinking about his teachings in unconventional ways — because conventional ones (like the one spoofed in the meme above) were concocted by religious authoritarians who didn’t (and still don’t) give two hoots … Continue reading

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Evil Bastard

I’m reading Jack Miles’s God: A Biography. His chapter on Job convinces me that: “The Lord” (Yahweh) of the Jews was a psychopath. “God” (elohim) referred to benevolent entities. The “Judeo-Christian” tradition is an amalgam of beliefs that Jesus expressly … Continue reading

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Lying

Just out on my other blog, but very relevant to Christians and faith, check it out! “Lying” on Millard’s Blog A few excerpts: When we feel powerless, lying gets really attractive. Lies are like mice. They can freak the problematic … Continue reading

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Overcoming Evil With Good

I think a lot about what it means to “overcome evil with good”. There’s a lot of crap going on that qualifies for extremely undesirable and detrimental (my working definition of “evil”) and we seem to know squat about how … Continue reading

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Violent Love

In our violence-ridden, non-violence espousing, uber-offendable culture, we forget that men and women of peace are also men and women of violence, hatred, and anger. We suffered fools because they filled the world with their toxic counterfeits of “power” and … Continue reading

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Christ Manifested in the Flesh

This one’s a little Bible study on one of the most misunderstood concepts in the New Testament. 1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness; He who was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the spirit, … Continue reading

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Unconditional Love

http://www.aish.com/sp/so/Love-without-Conditions.html#.UzxOkSBXFyg.facebook Wow. What a piece of writing. I’m awed. As to whether we love unconditionally, ever, I liked the way she answered it experientially. I think it isn’t as tough a question as we often think, though. It helps to … Continue reading

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The God Debacle

I don’t participate in the God Debacle anymore, because I find it profoundly lacking intellectual honesty on both sides of the question. The argument between atheists and theists has all the earmarks of a debate about a third party that’s … Continue reading

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Idiots

What’s to be done with idiots? We all know that every trouble of the world is some idiot’s fault. Just ask anyone. Regardless what the problem, idiots are behind it, screwing things up for pleasure, pain, or profit. My lifelong … Continue reading

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Temptation

The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out … Continue reading

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Is God Hiding?

I often hear atheists and skeptics raise the “lack of evidence” objection to the possible existence of God. I’ve rarely–never, actually–seen any take time to consider how it would feel to be right there, presumed imaginary, then dared to “prove” … Continue reading

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Intimidation

I got beat down But I stood up You criticized my standing up It was not to your liking Alright But stand I will I got stifled But I spoke up You criticized my voice It was not to your … Continue reading

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Senses

They told me, “This is the way: gouge out your eyes.” So I did. Then they said, “We’ll lead you.” They told me, “This is the way: burn off your ears.” So I did. Then they said, “We’ll interpret for … Continue reading

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Controlling the Narrative, Part 5: Outcome

(This is the last in a five-part series of posts. To start at the beginning, click here.) In Controlling the Narrative, Part 4: Solution, we saw how answering “Says who?” makes the power of Paul’s identity solution accessible to us. … Continue reading

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Controlling the Narrative, Part 4: Solution

(This is fourth in a five-part series of posts. To start at the beginning, click here.) In Controlling the Narrative, Part 3: Method, we saw how Paul settled his identity quandary. In this part, we’ll see how answering “Says who?” … Continue reading

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Controlling the Narrative, Part 3: Method

(This is third in a five-part series of posts. To start at the beginning, click here.) In Controlling the Narrative, Part 2: Discovery, we looked at Paul’s novel approach to assigning responsibility for his shit. (see explanation). By disowning his … Continue reading

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Controlling the Narrative, Part 2: Discovery

(This is second in a five-part series of posts. To start at the beginning, click here.) In Controlling the Narrative, Part 1: Dilemma, we looked at Paul’s agonizing over who was responsible for the shit (see explanation) he described in … Continue reading

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Controlling the Narrative, Part 1: Dilemma

I’m trying to “build a platform” these days. That’s writer-speak for creating buzz around your work so that agents and publishers will take notice. In other words, marketing. I have less gag reaction to cesspools and eviscerated bodies. Well, maybe … Continue reading

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Miracles On the Way to Truth

Jesus talked about sending a “spirit of truth” and said it would “guide you into all the truth.” A reliable indicator that you are not following the spirit of truth is: you have no need for miracles. You might “believe” … Continue reading

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One Day

One day, I will die. You will die. We all will die. One day, there will be no time left. We will see life pass before us, or a long, white bright tunnel, Or darkness. One day, I will matter … Continue reading

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The War on Christians

The February 13, 2012 issue of Newsweek was brought to my attention by a friend over the weekend. Its cover story, written by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, is The Global War on Christians in the Muslim World. (The image is clickable, … Continue reading

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The Church

I’ve been loving NakedPastor.com lately. Here’s the cartoon I got today. Click on the image to go to the full-size version on David Hayward’s site http://www.patheos.com/blogs/nakedpastor:   © www.nakedpastor.com The comments there are interesting. Today’s offering gave pause even to some of … Continue reading

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