If I Was Still an Evangelical, I’d Want to Be Tony Kriz (Blessed be Tony!)

No, I don't write books about God like Tony does. And I'm persona non grata on the Evangelical circuit where Tony thrives... But I like Tony--lots-- and I'm rooting for his new book and him too. Here's an excerpt.Blessed Are Those Who MournAn Excerpt from ALOOF: Figuring Out Life with a GOD Who HIDES By Tony KrizWe religious folks work very hard to try and conjure up God’s presence. We will do about anything we can to infuse enough God-feeling into an event to get people to show up. W … [Read more...]

The Actual Gospel of Jesus Christ

As the reputation of Christianity has been deformed once in a while we should take a look at the real thing. Mother Maria is the real thing. As she wrote: "Christianity demands of us not only the mysticism of communion with God, but also the mysticism of communion with man."Chapter 25    WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD: How to give love, create beauty and find peace (Excerpt)“Mother Maria of Paris is a saint of our day and for our day; a woman of flesh and blood possessed by the l … [Read more...]

The Evangelical FAIL on Mental Health: 100+ of my FB Friends Tell Their Shockingly Poignant Stories

Pastors, teachers, mothers, fathers, grandparents, psychologists, counselors-- everyone: ignore these unedited shockingly poignant stories of the failure of Christians to address mental health issues at your peril. On December 23, I posted this question on my FB page. Please read the revealing responses that follow. Then "like" my FB page and join us in our many ongoing robust discussions you will only find on my page...Is Mental Illness Caused By "Unrepentant Sin"? How Did … [Read more...]

My Christmas Day Thank You (Written 9:52 AM Today)

Dear God,I hope you exist mostly because I am so grateful for life and love. I would hate for there to be no one to thank. My act of faith this Christmas Day is a simple thank you.Thank you for...The empathy time-bomb Jesus set off in history by forgiving rather than condemningAngels that enter my life each day bringing  peace and good newsMy parents who showed me love and compassion and opened the door to beautyGenie who has been my wife for 44 yearsJessica, Francis a … [Read more...]

Here’s Why Atheists Can (Should?) Enjoy Going to Church this Christmas (Listen to my Interview on Faith and Atheism)

Listen to the Interview on why atheists can enjoy going to church by "clicking" HERE December 16, 2014 Host: Josh Zepps  Fox News’ "War on Christmas" is already in full swing, as Bill O’Reilly wasted no time jumping into battle this year to defend the holiday from the great secular menace. However, it looks like Bill might be able to leave the trenches a little early this year; according to a new Pew survey, just over 70 percent of Americans believe that Jesus was literally birthed … [Read more...]

Does Christmas Make You Sad?

Does Christmas Make You Sad?If so-- why?Me? Yes and No... I think that for many reasons it's a time when my sense of mortality, passing time, and loss gets tangled with hope and leaves me both happy and sad.What about you?Comments? Please come to my Facebook Page and join the discussion/leave a comment/share and thought...Here's a detail from a painting of mine ("Roses Scattered From The Sky," oil on canvas, 12 x 12)  that expresses something of my ambivalence... both joy and … [Read more...]

Who Knows-Bill Maher Might Even Lead George Bush to Christ Someday

Bill Maher seems to love Jesus more than most "evangelicals" do. Maher  writes:If you’re a Christian that supports killing your enemy and torture, you have to come up with a new name for yourself. … ‘Capping thy enemy’ is not exactly what Jesus would do. For almost two thousand years, Christians have been lawyering the Bible to try to figure out how ‘Love thy neighbor’ can mean ‘Hate thy neighbor.’ …   Martin Luther King Jr. gets to call himself a Christian, because he actually practi … [Read more...]

My Very Personal Happy Christmas Story: The wonderful yet toxic combination of Mom’s evangelical goodness, Jesus’ inevitable birthday

For me, as a child in the mission, Christmas meant feeling guilty because Mom did so much and we mere mortals did so little. My childhood Yuletide 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.”Mom stayed up all night wrapping gifts and making everything wonderfully and terrifyingly perfect. That’s why every Christmas morning I found the four-foot-long bulging wool stocking stuffed with individuall … [Read more...]


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