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Redemption

The Christian church says a lot about redemption, but demonstrates a glaring lack of competence to redeem. The proof? Christians invest far, far more into arguing that they are redeemed than showing and living it. The church’s version of redemption … Continue reading

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Clothes

The Bible’s use of the metaphor of clothing is intriguing. Here’s a read on it that I guarantee you never heard from the pulpit…

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The Tyranny of Money

Prison is prison, whether it’s a bad job, a bad relationship, or literally trapped by exploiters or tyrants. No one likes the tyranny of money, but we can’t fathom a way to get free from it. So we do what … Continue reading

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Hearing the Voice of God

The biggest single hindrance to hearing the voice of God is believing that we don’t already hear it. Who gave you to believe that? Right–the same people who told you to come to them, that God tells them what you … Continue reading

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Draft of Constructive Engagement Paradigm (ICSA Conference, Italy)

LOL, not that I expect anyone to actually READ 70 pages, but it’s the best I can do under the circumstances. In another year or so it will be down to only 60 pages, HAHA! This is still in draft. … Continue reading

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Constructive Engagement Paradigm (ICSA Conference, Italy)

I’m headed to Trieste, Italy, to present a paper proposing a “Constructive Engagement Paradigm” at the annual conference of the International Cultic Studies Association. ICSA is a network including both professionals and non-professionals who are “concerned about psychological manipulation and … Continue reading

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An Aspect of the Death of Jesus Christ

Paul the Apostle wrote quite at bit about the death of Jesus Christ. Many people (who care to wonder about such things, LOL!) think he referred to the physical death of Jesus and his supposed separation from the Father. That’s … Continue reading

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Why Christians Are Pansies

This is the kind of inflammatory piece I like to write from time to time. Check that. I hate writing them, actually. I hate the fact that they need to be written. I hate the bullshit that makes them necessary. … Continue reading

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On Trust

The more we trust, the less reassurance we need, and the more implicit our expressions of affection become. For one thing, the more secure we are in a relationship, the safer we feel to move out from the relationship into … Continue reading

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Of Liberty and Laughter

I’ve been getting out and meeting people lately, something relatively new for a reclusive homebody like me. I met with a great group of people last night to discuss an interesting topic. What happened took me by surprise. I usually … Continue reading

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To Trust or Not to Trust

I’m learning that I don’t need to know hows, whys, and wherefores before I commit myself to something good. That’s what following our bliss/following the Spirit means to me: first commit to the good that I love, then cooperate in … Continue reading

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Unidentified Divine Objects

It just occurred to me this morning how simple it is to identify God and “God things” (an expression my Evangelical friends use, as in, “it’s a God thing.”) We get to identify God for ourselves, not others. That requires … Continue reading

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Join Me on Crushing Shit and Shitty People

I’m drawn lately to work on a blog I started a while back but haven’t paid much attention to. I can only write so much in a day, so my posts here will probably slow down somewhat. Crushing Shit and … Continue reading

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Exploring the Dark Side

I’m looking for people who want to go farther spiritually than just explore the light side. Too many are afraid of the dark side. It’s real, and we need to learn how to deal with it effectively. Most modern spiritual … Continue reading

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Demand Love

Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another… — Romans 13:8 Many people read those words to mean, “Don’t let yourself get into debt, except for loving each other.” Others read it, “Take care of all your debts, so … Continue reading

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What Good Are Laws?

This is an intentionally ire-raising piece addressed to everyone who loves to talk about God and love but remains clueless about what they are. So, you who love to talk, answer me this. If we have God’s love in our … Continue reading

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Mother of Lies

(This was written specifically about the Christian Church, but is no doubt applicable to other religious institutions.) Does the church lie? Of course it does. Is the church a liar (insofar as we can consider any organization or movement to … Continue reading

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Authority, obligation, and duty

The Bible says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment.” 1 John 4:18 So, authority that involves punishment is a stranger to love, because love banishes the fear that empowers such … Continue reading

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Trust, Belief, and Faith

For as long as I’ve been trying to understand truth, at least since high school sophomore philosophy, I’ve struggled with three terms: trust, belief, and faith. The more I’ve asked and read about them, the muddier the waters have gotten. … Continue reading

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Churches

I tried to explain to a friend recently why I have little interest in “fellowship” or any kind of church involvement. That got me thinking about churches. I love solitude. I enjoy being “alone.” Most of the stuff that goes … Continue reading

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Thin Places

My son and I attended a “Great Mysteries On Tap” last night, our biweekly habit for a while now. We meet with friends associated with Valley and Mountain Fellowship at an Ethiopian restaurant in the southeast corner of Seattle. We … Continue reading

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Saint, Sinner, or Something Else?

“For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not.” — Romans 7:18 That’s quite a somber admission from a saint. … Continue reading

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Jesus the Progressive, Subjective Relativist

Jesus’ way of looking at things was radically relativistic. He set teachings like the Golden Rule squarely on subjective foundations. Doing to others what we want them to do to us makes our own desires the standard for our behavior. … Continue reading

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Spiritual Economics

If you look at spirituality as energy flows, we are either consumers or producers of energy. Production requires inputs. We can use inputs from other people and produce something with that, or we can use inputs from other sources. Novelty … Continue reading

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Call For Collaboration on Real Spirituality

I invite you to collaborate on this work-in-progress blog to articulate a practical, experience-grounded understanding of spirituality. I hope to stimulate discussion by openly considering the teachings of Jesus and anyone else who made real contact with the divine, including … Continue reading

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