La luna è bella! The moon is beautiful! Look how it shines! See how it glows! So alive! So powerful and strong! but little do they know…   i appear to have my mojo working i seem to have it all going on it looks like everything is more than well with me and that i’m living la dolce vita i dance the night away with all sorts of heavenly bodies i revolve with the best of them many tell… Read more

Our Creator God does indeed create. Mercy and how! But She is not the only one who makes the decisions about what will be created. If that were the case, blind obedience… would be our only mission we would merely be puppets who could only do things when God pulls our strings. Dig this.  As children of God who’ve been called to groove, let’s groove on the metaphor of “Jazz Music.”  In jazz there is an imperative for listening to, and respecting… Read more

The story is told of a woman who lived in a nation that bordered another nation. The other nation had checkpoints at the border. Every day, she rode her motor-scooter to one of border crossings to get to the other side. And every day she’d return through the same border crossing The guard at that station took his job seriously and he diligently inspected all of the many canvass bags she carried with her on her scooter. He could tell… Read more

The following is a video interview I did for Patheos at the Wild Goose Festival in North Carolina. I shared more in further detail in my discussion of civil religion in my book Kissing Fish. I speak from a progressive Christian perspective. You may not agree with everything I say, but I hope you agree that it’s important to ponder such matters. Peace.   Progressive Christians aren’t the only ones to think this way. A growing number of evangelicals are… Read more

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. – Mahatma Monhandas Gandhi “Here I stand. I can do no other.” Martin Luther “I’m speaking out against [this] war because I agree with Dante, that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality. There comes a time when silence becomes betrayal.” Martin Luther King, Jr. Information and understanding help us to avoid seeing things in black and white… Read more

Glue i’m a GenXer who flies with Gen Y and i can’t stand religion that can’t handle “why?” like brother stipes, i was losing my religion but like newton before me, i found it …was blind but now i see like marley’s son sings it, love is my religion my religion is agape my religion is the glue that unconditionally brings out the best in each other and holds us together and because jesus dunked me in a giant vat… Read more

Today is Pentecost Sunday – it’s the Birthday of the Christian Church! For those who may not be familiar with it, Pentecost is derived from a Jewish holiday (Shavuot) that is celebrated 50 days after Passover.  According to the Book of Acts (chapter 2) on the day of Pentecost that took place 50 days after Jesus’ crucifixion, Jesus’ followers (only about 120 at the time) were all gathered in a large upper room of a dwelling in Jerusalem.  The room… Read more

Mother’s Day. Numerous companies are making copious amounts of money this week because of all of the greeting cards, flowers, jewelery, and  special meals that are being purchased to help us celebrate our mothers. That’s fine and all. But, unfortunately, as the years have passed the original meaning and intentions behind this wonderful day have become lost in the shuffle and in the rabid frenzy to buy things. The day has sadly lost its subversiveness and radicality and has become… Read more

our creator god did indeed create the earth! mercy and how! and when she created it – she said it was good. …i mean really good. i’m talking springtime sunshine melting snow heating earth making it warm, moist, fertile, and sticky kinda good! i’m talking god said it’s good like “your breasts are like gazelles, twin deer feeding among lilies. I will stay on the hill of myrrh, the hill of incense, until the morning breezes blow and the darkness… Read more

I recently stayed awake all night pondering Jesus’ farewell address, especially his prayer to God on behalf of the rest of humanity, in John chapter 17. I’ve been reading it with fresh eyes and my. mind. has. blown. …“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life:… Read more

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