Tag Archives: Spirituality

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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Real Holiness

I’m returning to the notion of holiness which, like so many other ideas I’ve thought through, has a genuine, healthy interpretation that our culture has bastardized and perverted. Holiness has nothing to do with the things that people typically associate … Continue reading

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God Is Black — He Told Me So

God is black. If you read translated source material that theological beliefs are built on, or read theologically foundational, authoritative writings like those of early Christianity’s so-called “Church Fathers”, or Augustine, Aquinas, Pseudo-Dionysius, etc., you’ll see that “God is black” … Continue reading

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Fools

A couple of Bible verses from long past Christian days keep recurring to me, because I see them played out regularly. It’s really quite revealing. A fool does not delight in understanding, But only in revealing his own mind. — Proverbs 18:2   … Continue reading

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Standing in Truth — Without a Crutch

No matter what you think the truth is, and no matter what you think knowing the truth amounts to, here’s something that you can’t get around… If you know the truth because others convinced you that it’s the truth, (“truth” … 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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Follow the Blessing

I haven’t posted here for a long time. Christianity per se just hasn’t been much on my radar. Today’s post on my other blog ought to keenly interest Christians, so here’s a link to the article: Follow the Blessing. Here’s … 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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Invitation

A recent meme proclaimed “Capitalism Kills Love” and I agree. In fact, capitalism is a theory that assumes that God and love are irrelevant. That got me thinking about how we regard the universe. Our sciences regard humans as the … 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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Pigs and Pearls

Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces. — Matthew 7:6 Why do pigs trample pearls underfoot? … Continue reading

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Narcissism

I’ve been interested in narcissism for a long time, partly ‘cuz I is one, as are we all. Also, because some of the most important people in my life were and are narcissists, big ones and little ones. Narcissism has, … Continue reading

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Cult Thinking Explained

Cults continue to mystify most people, even those intimately familiar with them. This bothers me. I was a fundamentalist and then a quasi-cult member for more than 20 years. I should understand how cult thinking works; understanding thinking is what … Continue reading

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Fundamentalism

The root problem with fundamentalism is ridiculously simple, and it’s not what most people think. We might call fundamentalism inane or insane if it weren’t so often deadly serious. Dismissing and ridiculing it won’t help us understand it. As clearly … 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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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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Expecting Miracles

A fellow believer took me to task yesterday about the presumptuousness of “expecting” miracles from God in his great response to my post Miracles On the Way to Truth. He and I have carried on a friendly debate about the … 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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Proof of the Scientific Possibility of Miracles

Someone disprove this logic, please! I can’t believe that it was this easy. I must have gotten something wrong. This is a proof of possibility, not a proof of occurrence in fact. Does science explain phenomena before they occur or … Continue reading

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Children

This is now my personal theme song. It’s a declaration of fealty to children and war on adult stupidity. When adults learn how to treat children, all the wars will die. We were all taught in many ways–and most of … 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 Rock

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed … Continue reading

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Proof of the Futility of Worry

And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. — Matthew 13:22 … 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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The Location of God

In my life, when I felt that God left me, I was right. He went somewhere, and I was unable or unwilling to follow. As I look back, the reasons I was unable or unwilling boiled down to fears based … Continue reading

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The Bible

The belief that the Bible is the word of God suffers from gross negligence of chronological sequence. Biblical writings were all penned centuries or more before the Bible was canonized. Canonization came after the fact and was not authorized by … Continue reading

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Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church

Last week, a cartoon and a flurry of related commentary brought Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church to my attention. Here’s the cartoon by David Hayward, “graffiti artist on the walls of the church,” showing Driscoll preaching from the midst … Continue reading

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Happiness

The two most neglected arts of life, deliberately avoided by almost everyone, are: How to be happy being alone How to be happy dealing with evil They are also two of the most critical arts we need in this life. … Continue reading

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