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4 Short Thoughts on Thanksgiving

Here are links to 4 short articles related to Thanksgiving, with very brief summaries. 3 Short Lists for Making Thanksgiving Work 1. Why we don’t want to hear about it. 2. What it does NOT mean. 3. What it DOES mean. Think Thanks on Thanksgiving The English word “thank” developed itself out of the older word “think.” So as we think about thanks this week, let’s be sure we really do think. Thanksgiving in Daniel’s Prayer Life Daniel gave thanks. Daniel asked for help. Give Thanks Freely – But Not For Everything In everything give thanks is different from...

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We Must Speak Up. “Lift your voice like a trumpet; declare to my people their sins.”

God requires it of the prophet. He MUST speak out about what he sees going on. Shout it aloud, do not hold back.Raise your voice like a trumpet.Declare to my people their rebellionand to the descendants of Jacob their sins. Forday after day they seek me out;they seem eager to know my ways,as if they were a nation that does what is rightand has not forsaken the commands of its God.They ask me for just decisionsand seem eager for God to come near them.(Isaiah 58:1,w. The chapter is quoted in full at the end of this article.) They seek...

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Stand With Israel? Not When Israel Stands Against God.

We are often told we must love Israel – which is true – we are to love all peoples. We are often told we should “stand with Israel”. Now that’s not so easy. It seems to mean always take Israel’s side in any conflict or disagreement Israel has – or God will be angry and we will suffer for it. “Stand WITH them” – whatever they are doing. Don’t complain about any evil Israel does – it will make God angry with us. That is dangerously false, and obviously so!We dare not assume God feels happy and indulgent toward...

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The “Sin Problem” in Gun Violence – Us Not Working Together to Reduce It!

“It’s not a gun problem; it’s a sin problem.” Certain Christians respond to any new white male massacre of Americans with some cliche like “It’s a sin problem.” Of course, there’s clearly a sin problem. That’s the root of multitudes of problems. So? So they apparently mean: “If only lots and lots of people would become more religious, or start going to church a lot more, or claim that they believe in Jesus – that’s the solution!” Sadly, the explanations they offer, or any implied solutions, tend to be very vague. But the idea is obviously something like: “If...

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Veteran’s Day – “Those Who Serve” Longest and Hardest are Not All Military

“Thank you for your service” – I have heard that often, and I appreciate it. I thank those who say nice things to me, a US Army veteran – or to, or about, so many, many other veterans.  It is valuable to be thankful, and to be explicit. And the free meals, and reserved parking spaces are nice! Still, I always want to say:God and a soldier all people adore In time of war, but not before; And when war is over and all things are righted, God is neglected and an old soldier slighted. Please give AT LEAST...

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A Quick Diagnostic Guide: Do Not Think You Know What You Do Not Know

“I do not think that I know what I do not know.” – Socrates   Three observations: This is profoundly liberating – freeing! No more pretending! No more worrying about what people think of my intelligence! That would be a wonderful stress-reducer. But how does he “know” WHICH things he does “not know” – things like commonly accepted facts, sayings, traditions, ideas, prejudices? It likely means he’s been paying some attention. He’s not just parroting the common ideas and sayings. He’s thinking a bit – making his convictions his own. That might take a little work. Unfortunately, this is...

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Our Enemies’ Friends – ISIS, NAZIS, Rebels, Traitors …

[This is quoted with permission from a short post by a friend a few weeks ago.] Let’s say we live in a world where ISIS has been defeated. Let’s say a war was fought, and ISIS lost. Then, let’s say a neighbor decides to build a monument to ISIS, fly a flag in honor of ISIS, organize a rally in defense and support of ISIS. I imagine we’d be outraged. I’m guessing we would not want their “legacy” to be memorialized in any way. “Nip it in the bud,” I guess we’d say. “They lost!” I imagine we’d shout....

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3 Short Lists for Making Thanksgiving Work

A. Reasons We DON’T LIKE to Hear About It. We’re having a rough day. We’re having a rough five years. We aren’t really awake yet. We’re physically sick. Some people are being stupid – or even mean or dangerous. We’ve just got too much going on. We’re mad at God. We’re mad at somebody else. We’re obsessed with what we don’t have, maybe to the point of being unwilling to consider what blessings we do have. More? … B. What is NOT Giving Thanks Like? Sitting down and soaking in the feelings under “A” above. Saying it without meaning...

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Six 1-Liners: Diagnostic Guides for the Spiritual Life

These are the 1-liners featured in recent “Personal Quick-Check” Articles. They are worth a few minutes of attention. Click the sentence to see the original short article. The first act of love is always the giving of attention. – Dallas Willard Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can do what others can’t. – Jerry Rice God is the friend of silence … We need silence to be able to touch souls. – Mother Teresa There is absolutely nothing in what Jesus himself or his early followers taught that suggests you can decide just to enjoy...

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Why the Phrase “All Lives Matter” is Offensive – a White Mother’s Story

Here’s a true story. I don’t remember where i found it. 🙁 But I know it’s true because I know people who experience these kinds of things. You probably do too. But if you don’t, that’s no indication that they do not happen. [I suppose some of us just need to get out more. 🙂 ] I’ve added headings.   A WHITE MOTHER OF TWO BLACK CHILDREN “The reason why the phrase All Lives Matter is offensive to black people is because it isn’t true.”As a white mother of two black children, three white children, who all have a...

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Top 10 Posts on This Site (October)

Short Quotes – Martin Luther King’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail” Kids’ Version of the Declaration of Independence Turn the Other Cheek Means Resist Them Non-Violently If You Do Not Love Your Neighbor Whom You CAN See – Can You Love God? Jesus and Racism – Samaritan Lives Matter – Black Lives Matter Nurse-Philsopher Makes Case for Compassion and Caring as a Primary Nursing Value PublicChristian.com Homepage The Moral Priorities of Jesus – What Did Jesus Teach? President Harry Truman’s Integrity Prayer Abraham Lincoln on...

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White Racism in Charlottesville – the old Nazi Thug Way

The Nazi-precipitated demonstrations and violence in Charlottesville a few weeks ago were disturbing for at least a couple of reasons. RACISM: the public gathering of arrogant whites proudly displaying contempt for all people unlike them. THE OLD NAZI STRATEGY OF FREE STREET VIOLENCE: We see violence in the streets a lot. But we haven’t seen much of this large-group, organized, explicitly Nazi, anti-American kind. That is disturbing because the idea of it is to sow a broad fear throughout the American public. They want us to know they can be violent, can do it in groups, and intend to...

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Jesus Pushes Us to Judge Our OWN Lives – Not Other People’s

Jesus was a highly respected teacher of morality and of the spiritual life. So, logically enough, a man asked him to take a stand on a moral issue between the man and his brother (Luke 12:13-15) – Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” Strangely, Jesus disappointed the man by refusing to do so, and questioned why the man thought he (Jesus) had any such authority. Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” Ok. So Jesus said he is not a judge. However,...

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No Principle but Commercialism, No Patriotism but of the Pocket – Mark Twain

Mark Twain wrote out of experience of the decades just before the twentieth century began. Back then the conquest-lust and money-lust were not fatal, but they were extreme and very damaging. But it was impossible to save the Great Republic. She was rotten to the heart. Lust of conquest had long ago done its work; trampling upon the helpless abroad had taught her, by a natural process, to endure with apathy the like at home; multitudes who had applauded the crushing of other people’s liberties, lived to suffer for their mistake in their own persons. The government was irrevocably...

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A Quick Personal Check-Up: A Spirit of MELANCHOLY and CONSTRAINT

I fear the spirit of melancholy and constraint. -unknown   Let’s not be one of those – not too common, but still we see them around – negative, controlling, crabby, critical, always pessimistic Christians … We needn’t pattern our lives and thoughts after the great sourpusses of history, nor even the experts of fear and manipulation who live in our towns. Jesus claims to bring Hope, Joy, Freedom, Peace, Thankfulness; and there are millions who say it’s true today. And the Apostle Paul lists those as chief blessings. These great blessings are carried to us by the Spirit. Even...

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The Kingdom of God – that is, God’s New Economy: We Are Called To Seek It.

“Over and against these senseless modern myths … there is the “myth” of the God of goodness who has chosen people to prepare a kingdom of justice, truth, and love on earth. This myth dies hard. Why should we refuse to admit that Christ taught it to us?” [from Andre Trocme, Jesus and the Non-Violent Revolution 1973, 2004, p179]   This is the basic concern of this blog, the reason it exists – to lift up this ideal, to examine how the Bible presents this ultimate priority (“Seek ye first the Kingdom of God”!), and to explore it’s application...

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Christians Should Not Enforce the Bible.

Here’s another example of the misunderstanding and misuse of Scripture by the ‘religious right’.  This was quoted to me to show that no Christian could ever vote for Democrats. “Don’t you realize that if even one person is allowed to go on sinning, soon all will be affected? Remove this wicked person from among you so that you can stay pure.” (1 Corinthians 5:6,7, NLT) !! Whoa there !! “If even one person is allowed to go on sinning. . .” Do you mean it is the Christian’s job to prevent every last person in society from sinning? It...

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“Something hurts in there. Can you feel it? We are all in this together.”

  I. “It may seem that the world is falling apart.” Normal is coming unhinged. For the last eight years it has been possible for most people (at least in the relatively privileged classes) to believe that society is sound, that the system, though creaky, basically works, … Now that we have … rejected a wolf in sheep’s clothing in favor of a wolf in wolf’s clothing, that illusion will be impossible to maintain. Donald Trump … will not provide the usual sugarcoating on the poison pills … likely … he will fill his cabinet with neocon war hawks,...

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Most Popular Posts – Mid-February 2017

Short Quotes – Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” Turn the Other Cheek – means Resist Them NonViolently If You Do Not Love Your Neighbor Whom You CAN See – Can You Love God? Jesus and Racism – Samaritan Lives Matter A Few Chips Must Fly / Gaza & Israel Declaration of Independence – Kid’s Version Freedom From Those Who Rule Us – Freedom to Not Always Fear Them No Principle but Commercialism, No Patriotism but of the Pocket – Mark Twain Kingdom Manifesto – Sermon on the Mount Summarized Why Many Christians Do Not Vote Republican John...

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A Quick Personal Check-up: SINCERITY IN PRAYER

Hypocrisy or insincerity is the first thing to guard against in prayer. Beware not to say what you do not mean. … Pour out your heart before Him.      – John Wesley   It might mean sometimes writing out one’s prayer. That helps us to be aware a) whether we are being honest, and b) whether we are bringing up what we really want and need to. The power of prayer is not in our emotion, nor in our eloquence, nor in traditional churchly language. The power of prayer lies in honest, vulnerable connection between a real human and the...

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If You Do Not Love Your Neighbor Whom You CAN See – Can You Love God?

The author of “1 John” makes a simple, blunt, very logical analysis of our emotional attachments – or professed attachments. (1 John 4:20) If you do not love your brother whom you can see, how can you love God whom you cannot see? Well, John, that’s easy! We do it all the time. God is always here – our neighbors aren’t so near and obvious. Plus – no offense – but God is just generally “nicer,” easier to deal with, than many of our neighbors. But no, this John, who sees much more clearly than most of us, sees...

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A Quick Personal Check-up: DON’T IGNORE JESUS

       There is absolutely nothing in what Jesus himself or his early followers taught that suggests you can decide just to enjoy forgiveness at Jesus’s expense and have nothing more to do with him.        – Dallas Willard   Why would anyone ever IMAGINE that such an insulting behavior toward Jesus would even be ok – let alone that it would gain one forgiveness and eternal life? Well, sad to say, it seems we’ve actually been TAUGHT to think of Jesus in that cheap, immoral way. False teachers, apparently. But Jesus is clearly worthy of a much more honest, direct, personal,...

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Freedom to Not Always Fear Those Who Rule Us

One of the great achievements of free society in a stable democracy is that many people, for much of the time, need not think about politics at all. We need some people, of course, to think about politics, and help us keep aware. But the great achievement has been that many Americans have not felt compelled to stay on top of it out of fear that “the authorities” are likely to blow the world up, or attack us directly on any random day. The president of a free country may dominate the news cycle many days – but he...

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A Quick Personal Check-up: IT TAKES SILENCE

God is the friend of silence … We need silence to be able to touch souls. – Mother Teresa   … because, I suppose, it calms US down. Wow. Even GOD likes it when we seriously calm down. It enables us to be comfortable with ourselves (or FORCES us to be!), so then we can be more calm and comfortable with others. Are you having trouble touching other souls beneficially? “Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 It does not require long sessions of silence (like hours, or days) – though that might be helpful sometimes...

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The Moral Priorities of Jesus – What Did Jesus Teach?

He said, “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ but do not do what I say?” Maybe he meant it. This short book (40 pages) is available as a free pdf, or as a paperback at LULU.com (see the links below). It treats the following issues.  Here, each chapter title is followed by a representative quote from the chapter. Ch 1.  Jesus’ Love for God and Religion “Teacher, we know you are a man of integrity” … “You do not show partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with truth.” Ch 2. Jesus Inverted Common Moral Ideas...

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A Quick Personal Check-up: THE LORD IS NEAR

        “Let your gentleness be apparent to all; the Lord is near.”         – Paul, Philippians 4.   “Gentleness,” OR patience, or kindness, or forbearance, or – we get the point 🙂 So is this cause and effect? BECAUSE God is near, we are gentle, kind, patient, etc? The cause, or reason, is mentioned after the effect. Near. Very very near. Jesus clearly believes that God, the Kingdom of God, is very very near. So does the apostle Paul. Like, maybe, looking over our shoulders to observe how we are behaving toward other people? Like, maybe, working all around us, all...

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New American Bad Bible – Not What Jesus Wants (Pt-2)

These sayings may have a Biblical sound to them. But they are not Biblical.   They set aside the teachings of Jesus, the apostles, and the Hebrew prophets, but unfortunately fit well with current neo-con (new Republicans’) or neo-lib (new Democrats’) American values. They were written by Eric Mader in the early 2000’s during the Bush years. This is list 2; you may also want to see list 1. The column on the right shows how some of the original sayings actually appear in the Bible. Please compare!   “The New American Bad Bible” Spirituality, God When you pray,...

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A Quick Personal Check-up: DO WHAT OTHERS WON’T

  “Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can do what others can’t.” – Jerry Rice   If you want personal change to appear in your future, work on it in your personal present. Or, as has been often said, if you aim at nothing you are likely to hit it. This is one good reason to make a New Year’s Resolution or two – if you work on it, you change. That’s actually very good news! It’s a good reason to at least seriously consider one’s own life as it is now.     “Today...

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A New Era – President Trump. Should We Hope or Mourn?

A new era begins in America. We have reason to mourn, and reason to hope. Let’s do both. We’ll likely get the same old stuff, but much more blatant; and that’s not good. And there may well be some good things happening. That IS good. It’s already “more blatant,” making us all more realistic, and that’s good. But that’s not the hope I mean. Old St. Peter offers some good clear guidance – whether you are optimistic or pessimistic about Trump. “First Peter” was written to people under stress, under threat, or experiencing mistreatment by their governments and their...

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A Quick Personal Check-up: GIVING ATTENTION

    “The first act of love is always the giving of attention.” – Dallas Willard     He was writing about our love for the Lord, in his book, The Spirit of the Disciplines. But it is a broadly applicable truth. Have trouble with love-relationships in life?  This may be part of the problem. Your spiritual life is bumpy and weak?  This may be part of the problem. No time to attend to God?  That leads to spiritual emptiness – at best. School – or work – not going well?  Is attentiveness an issue? St Paul wrote, “Love...

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On War – and Its Effects on Humans

Quotes from the e-newsletter I get from Information Clearing House. ... the United States, for generations, has sustained two parallel but opposed states of mind about military atrocities and human rights: one of U.S. benevolence, generally held by the public, and the...
Gun on Bible

The “Sin Problem” in Gun Violence – Us Not Working Together to Reduce It!

"It's not a gun problem; it's a sin problem." Certain Christians respond to any new white male massacre of Americans with some cliche like "It's a sin problem." Of course, there's clearly a sin problem. That's the root of multitudes of problems. So? So...
100 quotes

100 Quotes

Nerd alert! This is a list that used to be behind the quote widget on the upper right of the page. They are from various places, maybe half from my personal reading (books). I'm not documenting sources because I don't have time or did not record them. There's good...

Why Many Christians Do Not Vote Republican

This was written about 12 years ago (as of today, in February 2017). Wow. And the problems remain, and have grown; which means these things still need thinking and talking about. References and Bible quotations...
Neighbor

If You Do Not Love Your Neighbor Whom You CAN See – Can You Love God?

The author of "1 John" makes a simple, blunt, very logical analysis of our emotional attachments - or professed attachments. (1 John 4:20) If you do not love your brother whom you can see, how can you love God whom you cannot see? Well, John, that's easy! We do it all...

The Moral Priorities of Jesus – What Did Jesus Teach?

He said, "Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord' but do not do what I say?" Maybe he meant it. This short book (40 pages) is available as a free pdf, or as a paperback at LULU.com (see the links below). It treats the following issues.  Here, each chapter title is followed by...
fish racism

Jesus and Racism – Samaritan Lives Matter – Black Lives Matter

Samaritans in Jesus' day were both religiously and racially despised. The phrase "Samaritan lives matter" would have been very offensive to the Jewish culture in which Jesus was raised and in which he was a teacher and doer of good. But to Jesus, clearly Samaritan...
Moral economic behavior stressed by Isaiah

Are Economic Matters a Moral Issue? Isaiah Thinks So.

In spite of Isaiah, and other Bible sources, we’ve all heard this - something like: I. It is NOT the government’s place to interfere in economic matters - tell people how they should spend their money or how they should treat their employees. That warps economic...
Jesus - What Does He Want?

Why I Pay Attention to Jesus Christ

WHY? Why should we focus any more on Jesus Christ than on Abraham or Moses or Isaiah? Or on the laws in the Bible, or prophecy, or the end of the world? Is focus on Jesus more needed than pointing out sins – especially other people’s sins? Is Christ actually more...

Two Types of Religion – Authority, Love

Sometimes I feel there are obviously two primary modes for religious practice in this world. That amazement is the opposite of complacency and self-satisfaction. And that gentleness is very different from constant critique and...

German Christians Sold Out to Power and Glory

[A Review of Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, by Charles Marsh, 2014] This book is not written to coddle nor to discomfort whatever our self-image is as American Christians today; Marsh is trying to show reality. To me, two eras of Bonhoeffer's life seem...

4 Short Thoughts on Thanksgiving

Here are links to 4 short articles related to Thanksgiving, with very brief summaries. 3 Short Lists for Making Thanksgiving Work 1. Why we don't want to hear about it. 2. What it does NOT mean. 3. What it DOES mean. Think Thanks on Thanksgiving The...
fish racism

Jesus and Racism – Samaritan Lives Matter – Black Lives Matter

Samaritans in Jesus' day were both religiously and racially despised. The phrase "Samaritan lives matter" would have been very offensive to the Jewish culture in which Jesus was raised and in which he was a teacher and doer of good. But to Jesus, clearly Samaritan...

Jesus Pushes Us to Judge Our OWN Lives – Not Other People’s

Jesus was a highly respected teacher of morality and of the spiritual life. So, logically enough, a man asked him to take a stand on a moral issue between the man and his brother (Luke 12:13-15) - Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide...
Gun on Bible

Fascism Appearing In America (says “The American Conservative” Magazine)

I've written some articles comparing America today to Hitler's Germany; and it seems it's not just me being paranoid and over-reactive. That concern is appearing in a number of places. Now The American Conservative magazine is running an article, "Hunger for...

Why Many Christians Do Not Vote Republican

This was written about 12 years ago (as of today, in February 2017). Wow. And the problems remain, and have grown; which means these things still need thinking and talking about. References and Bible quotations...

On War – and Its Effects on Humans

Quotes from the e-newsletter I get from Information Clearing House. ... the United States, for generations, has sustained two parallel but opposed states of mind about military atrocities and human rights: one of U.S. benevolence, generally held by the public, and the...
brick-layer at work

The Kingdom of God – that is, God’s New Economy: We Are Called To Seek It.

"Over and against these senseless modern myths ... there is the "myth" of the God of goodness who has chosen people to prepare a kingdom of justice, truth, and love on earth. This myth dies hard. Why should we refuse to admit that Christ taught it to us?" [from Andre...
Jesus - What Does He Want?

Why I Pay Attention to Jesus Christ

WHY? Why should we focus any more on Jesus Christ than on Abraham or Moses or Isaiah? Or on the laws in the Bible, or prophecy, or the end of the world? Is focus on Jesus more needed than pointing out sins – especially other people’s sins? Is Christ actually more...
hand writes with a pen in a notebook

The Quiet Places in Our Lives Make Our Public Activity Safer

Contemplation and Public Action The public good is most in danger when the voluntary visits to contemplation are neglected in favor of immediate communitarian action. We don't have to go off and become full-time contemplatives. But times of stepping aside from the...

Two Types of Religion – Authority, Love

Sometimes I feel there are obviously two primary modes for religious practice in this world. That amazement is the opposite of complacency and self-satisfaction. And that gentleness is very different from constant critique and...

Turn the Other Cheek – means Resist Them NonViolently

I. THE PROBLEM: Jesus says to turn the other cheek. [See a summary of this post.] Is it ever appropriate for Christians to resist authority? Many of us feel there is much in the behavior of our national leaders that cries out for criticism and resistance. Are...

The Civilized Are Responsible

Originally published in 1976. My how times have not changed. The civilized have created the wretched, quite coldly and deliberately, and do not intend to change the status quo; are responsible for their slaughter and enslavement; rain down bombs on defenseless...

Prophets MUST Improvise, In and For Our Cities – a review of “Resurrection City” by Peter Goodwin Heltzel

The prophet’s task is to “reorder” and “refashion” the urban environment to be more just and peaceable. Yet ... the work of social transformation must be based on a deep inner transformation. That's the burden of this excellent book (quote from p97). Resurrection City...

The Civilized Are Responsible

Originally published in 1976. My how times have not changed. The civilized have created the wretched, quite coldly and deliberately, and do not intend to change the status quo; are responsible for their slaughter and enslavement; rain down bombs on defenseless...
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Theocracy (Religion Runs the Government) – We Would Deeply Regret It

I am a church person, a person of faith. But I don't think we need a government that rules as if it were the voice of God. This nation's Constitution was written partly in order to help us avoid theocracy. Unfortunately there are Americans today who clearly think the...
Karol Wojtyla, John Paul II

John Paul II: Private Prayer and the Dangers of Public Life

Connie and I recently watched Karol: A Man Who Became Pope. It portrays Karol Wojtyla's life from his late teens, when the Nazi's invaded his city and nation, through WWII, then through decades of Communist rule (as a satellite of the Soviet Union), up to the day he...

Stand With Israel? Not When Israel Stands Against God.

We are often told we must love Israel - which is true - we are to love all peoples. We are often told we should “stand with Israel”. Now that’s not so easy. It seems to mean always take Israel’s side in any conflict or disagreement Israel has - or God will...
hand writes with a pen in a notebook

The Quiet Places in Our Lives Make Our Public Activity Safer

Contemplation and Public Action The public good is most in danger when the voluntary visits to contemplation are neglected in favor of immediate communitarian action. We don't have to go off and become full-time contemplatives. But times of stepping aside from the...
Jesus - What Does He Want?

Is Trump a Christian? What Does It MEAN to Believe in Christ?

There was some excitement among certain Republican Christians when Dobson said Trump had become a "baby" Christian and should be cut some slack on that basis. Two problems with that: A novice at practicing the Christian faith is not someone we should automatically...

German Christians Sold Out to Power and Glory

[A Review of Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, by Charles Marsh, 2014] This book is not written to coddle nor to discomfort whatever our self-image is as American Christians today; Marsh is trying to show reality. To me, two eras of Bonhoeffer's life seem...
100 quotes

100 Quotes

Nerd alert! This is a list that used to be behind the quote widget on the upper right of the page. They are from various places, maybe half from my personal reading (books). I'm not documenting sources because I don't have time or did not record them. There's good...

A Quick Diagnostic Guide: Do Not Think You Know What You Do Not Know

"I do not think that I know what I do not know." - Socrates   Three observations: This is profoundly liberating - freeing! No more pretending! No more worrying about what people think of my intelligence! That would be a wonderful stress-reducer. But how...
Gun on Bible

Fascism Appearing In America (says “The American Conservative” Magazine)

I've written some articles comparing America today to Hitler's Germany; and it seems it's not just me being paranoid and over-reactive. That concern is appearing in a number of places. Now The American Conservative magazine is running an article, "Hunger for...
Gun on Bible

Christians Should Not Enforce the Bible.

Here's another example of the misunderstanding and misuse of Scripture by the 'religious right'.  This was quoted to me to show that no Christian could ever vote for Democrats. "Don't you realize that if even one person is allowed to go on sinning, soon all will be...

The Moral Priorities of Jesus – What Did Jesus Teach?

He said, "Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord' but do not do what I say?" Maybe he meant it. This short book (40 pages) is available as a free pdf, or as a paperback at LULU.com (see the links below). It treats the following issues.  Here, each chapter title is followed by...