I would not have burned in hell for sleeping with the many women I’ve looked at longingly, but adultery would have ruined my marriage

Ironically, although Mom and Dad may have been deluded by their fundamentalist certainties, I am mostly at peace in my home where my grandchildren Lucy (5), Jack (4) and I play Botticelli because I was indoctrinated with knee-jerk guilt. I realize now that my parents were often right for the wrong reasons. For instance, I feel guilt when I shout at Lucy and Jack. And when it comes to the “big sins” I would not have burned in hell for sleeping with the many women I’ve looked at longingly, but adul … [Read more...]

what is truer than a story about a journey into one person’s Eternal Present powered by a single bite of tomato on a summer afternoon?

Scientists and theologians can’t offer better than circular arguments, because there are no other kinds of arguments. Bible believers quote the Bible, and scientists quote other scientists. How do either scientists or theologians answer this question about the accuracy of their conclusions: “In reference to what?”Our status as fallen sinners or diminished and newly humbled microbes is calculated in reference to biblical or scientific stories that are self-reinforcing. Is there a frame of refe … [Read more...]

I haven’t the foggiest idea what prayer does– I do know that I can’t get through my day without praying…

Why does prayer feel both right and normal to me and crazy, too? The best I can do is offer this analogy. In the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind, people receive a vision of a mountain to which they’re being called. They don’t know what they’re seeing, let alone why. They don’t believe in callings per se. They just have to go there. In the same way, I just have to pray. And while I know that soon my grandchildren will be asking me tough questions about whether any of this spiritual mumbo- … [Read more...]

In The Next 3 Days I’ll be Announcing My New Book Title — Pub Date May 15

It's nonfiction, short, to the point and I'll be telling you all about it and asking your advice on all aspects of it from title to the cover, the back cover, the subtitle, and content, as well as pricing. This back and forth will be happening on my Facebook page.I'll be asking you all if you like the title, asking you if you will please pick my cover art out a selection I'll offer and the cover photo. I'll also send a free advance copy as a E-file to anyone in return for comments and an … [Read more...]

I Loved Christmas but Hated God for Screwing It Up

Edith and Francis Schaeffer AKA Mom and DadChristmas for me will always be toxic and a time when memory drifts back to my missionary kid childhood.  I loved Christmas but hated God for screwing it up. You see, the problem was that every year Jesus made Mom into his Christmas slave. Let me explain. My childhood Christmastime question was: “Mom, who’s going to be in our house for Christmas?” The answer never varied. “The guests God brought to us this year my dear.” The guests were the people th … [Read more...]

My Latest on Huff Post Live– fatherhood, children, art, life

Huff Post Live has given me a platform to talk about issues like becoming a father at 17, babies, grandchildren art, life and love... Watch!  http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/segment/real-biological-clock/51f009f6fe34441a2000025d … [Read more...]

Computers, Children and You

Tech companies are targeting children from birth. Long before children can encounter the silences and subtleties the world offers we are handing them to the tech gods by accepting the message that mediated reality is good for children. Industry opinion on the issue of exposing children to a media/tech "reality" should carry about the same weight as studies by the oil conglomerates “proving” that there’s no such thing as global warming.For now it’s up to parents and grandparents to do what is … [Read more...]

Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs– Selfish or Just Stupid?

Are the Silicon Valley entrepreneurs selfish, stupid or just too young and uneducated about history, culture and politics to care about the real world? So asks The New Yorker in a very important article. In, "CHANGE THE WORLD: Silicon Valley transfers its slogans—and its money—to the realm of politics"  George Packer, writes in The New Yorker, (May 27, 2013The industry’s splendid isolation inspires cognitive dissonance, for it’s an article of faith in Silicon Valley that the technology indu … [Read more...]


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