A Christmas Grinch – and a Christmas Hope.

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Five days before Christmas, the City of Rochester, NY bulldozed all the belongings of residents in a homeless village and put their few earthly possessions in a giant dumpster. Take that Christmas. Bah-humbug. Homeless displaced again as City destroys tent city (in photos)Submitted by T. Forsyth on Sat, 2014-12-20 19:55Today, December 20, 2014, the City of Rochester, NY destroyed Sanctuary Village. This was the last stop for people with no place to go. Tents, sleeping bags, … [Read more...]

Why I’m Spiritual *and* Religious.

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I'm Spiritual *and* Religious.I realize that saying this may be swimming against a current, but for me, they each inform and complement the other.Here's an analogy. I enjoy playing my trumpet by myself and practice it as I have time. This is like my spirituality. It's a personal way for me to express myself and to commune with God.And yet I also enjoy playing my trumpet with others in bands and orchestras. This is like religion (which comes from the Latin "religare" - "to bind … [Read more...]

Rock of Ages 2.0 – poetic injustice.

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things weren’t right in ferguson. i mean israel!i said things weren’t right in israel! ...new york.instead of God’s chosen people blissfully basking in the warm sun of freedom,they couldn't breathe because the air was thick with the heavy jack-boots of imperial oppression.instead of the hebrews building projects of their own design,her craftsmen and laborers were laboring under the thumbs of Roman task-masters who had them constructing temples to their pantheon of gods and hou … [Read more...]

Trick or Treat?

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"Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me."  - Jesus, via John of Patmos, Revelation 3:20According to John's famous vision, Laodicea was the only one of the 7 Churches that he didn't commend for anything and Jesus's challenge to the Church at Laodicea was for them to wake up from their arrogant spiritual complacency.I don't know about you, but I tend to think that many of us who call … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Progressive Christian

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Ouch. It cuts like a knife. And wow does it hurt.I write this blog at a cruising altitude of 31,000 feet above sea level – somewhere above the snow-covered fields of Nebraska. I caught a plane with my little boy this morning to visit my family back in Minnesota. I’ve been sick as a dog for the past few days—it was all I could do to get us to the airport.Today’s venture involved the usual comedy of errors, misplaced tickets, misplaced carry-on bag…and it also had the lovely added complicat … [Read more...]

Groovin’ With God

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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 the composer and dir … [Read more...]


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