Lamb

Religious imagery turns a lot of people off, I think. I mean, here we are in the 21st century, having gone to the moon, having seen the earth from outer space, having explored the realm of string theory, and then thinking of the deity as a blue-skinned woman with many,…

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Epiphany

My mother used to drive my family crazy. Often we would go to great trouble to find a gift for her that was just perfect, something we knew that she wanted very much. And we would scramble to find the money to buy the gift, or work our fingers to…

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I Gotta Feeling

I Gotta Feeling I attended a lecture once about teaching children to follow their intuition. We don’t do that a lot. Think about the last time you just “had a feeling” about something. I once drove to Arizona for the holidays and the trip there was a disaster. The…

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Called

You’re here once again reading one of these little gems about God and religion. Perhaps you’re interested to see if I’m going to say anything interesting or funny. Perhaps you want to know a little more about that ancient history, or about that Greek language, or about…

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The Joy of Christmas

The Joy of Christmas Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose…

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These Stones

These Stones The Advent season to all that believe in the story of Jesus is a very special time, not only as a celebration of the birth of a poor itinerant preacher from Nazareth. It is a celebration of hope. And the meaning of this celebration goes back far beyond…

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Dear John

Dear John It must have been really hard for John the Baptist. The first we hear of him in any of the books after his birth is some thirty years later when he is out in the wilderness ranting and raving and calling for the people to repent, to change…

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Good, Thief

Good, Theif There was a time when it must have been incredibly difficult to understand anything you read because there was absolutely no punctuation in existence and nobody used capital letters either so that all the words just followed one after the other and the only way you could understand…

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The Good Men Do

The Good Men Do The last time we went to Ireland, we spent a day taking a bus-tour of the Wicklow Mountains (such as they are. North Americans have to laugh a little at what the Irish call “mountains”.). We went through the village of Avoca where the BBC series,…

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Too Holy

I once had a friend in high school and we were very close. We signed each other’s yearbooks “friends 4 ever!” We were both in music classes together. He was highly skilled at playing the piano. He had been playing since he was four years old. He could also…

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Looking Down

One of the things that used to  happen in the school where I taught just bugged the hell out of me. You see, we had the best office staff you could possibly imagine. Without them, the school simply could no have functioned. They typed all the letters going home. They…

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The Judge

I think there is a reason why most churches are filled with old people. I don’t think it’s because old people are getting closer to death and are afraid of the great unknown. And I don’t think it’s because “the church” (whatever church or religion) has…

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