Star Wars: The Force Awakens – An Atheist Seminary Grad’s Critique

By Catherine Dunphy Star Wars is more than just a movie. It’s a spectacle and storytelling of the most ancient variety. It presents the human conflict between good and evil. Fans of Star Wars speak of its backstory as canonical, with each hero or villain advancing the central struggle: light vs. darkness. Episode 7 – [Read More…]

Snow is Wonderful Enough or “Why Add God to the Snow?”

Riffing off our most recent post, it’s quite clear here in the Washington, DC area, that nature, in the form of a huge blanket of snow, is wonderful.   It’s wonderful to experience it from  indoors, looking out. **Sunday AM  1/24/16 update**  Sun shining on the snow and blue skies above. And it’s wonderful that so many [Read More…]

Why isn’t Wonder Wonderful Enough?

Editor’s Note: When I read Grounded, Finding God in the World, by well-known liberal Christian author Diana Butler Bass, I thought it would be perfect for a nature lover like Chris Highland. I was right! He read it overnight and reviewed it the next day. The two of them are so close philosophically, it seems [Read More…]

Unlike Bible, Clergy Project Website Fixes Errors — Fast

While poking around The Clergy Project (TCP) website the other day, I noticed that the “History” page had been changed since my last visit and that one section on how TCP was formed had incorrect information. Horrors! Although I know how well-meaning people can get information jumbled after a while, I also know how important [Read More…]

David Bowie and Jesus

Editor’s Note: This former Bible teacher applies her learning and her evolved relationship with the supposed Son of God to the recent death of one of her totally human idols. ======================= By Alexis Wesley I heard about David Bowie’s death seconds after it hit the Internet. I first knew him as Jareth in Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. [Read More…]

“The Revenant” Review – A Study in 19th Century Violence, Grunts and Revenge

**Update**  This post was written before The Golden Globe award ceremonies in which The Revenant won for best drama and Leonardo DiCaprio won for best actor.   The opinions expressed below still stand.   Good thing for this movie that I’m not on the nominating committee. ** Spoiler Alert** I had my hands over my eyes during [Read More…]

Why I Hate Prayer

Editor’s Note: Even as a church-going child, I didn’t like prayer. I couldn’t figure out why God would answer some silly prayers, thus granting me an “A” on a math quiz and disregard some really important prayers, thus letting a whole family die in a house fire. My youthful response was not to think about [Read More…]

The Syrian Refugee Crisis and a Challenge to Christians

Editor’s Note: We start off 2016 exhorting Christians to think about what it really means to live up to their values. Who are we to say? Most of us, including today’s contributor, used to be Christians – Christian clergy, actually – who know all about what Jesus teaches. Although we no longer believe in the [Read More…]

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Twelfth Night

Day 12 or Twelfth Night Shakespeare knew a thing or two about merrymaking. His play Twelfth Night was written to be performed on the 12th night of Christmas as part of Elizabethan festivities. “If music be the food of love, play on” ― William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night [Read more…]