O We of Little Faith.

Christians in America are no longer people of faith, we're people of fear.Instead of truly putting our trust, faith, and reliance upon the Way, teachings, and example of Jesus, we put our actual faith in guns, our obscenely over-funded military, and in strong-man  & authoritarian leaders. ...You're saying, that doesn't apply to me! Okay, I'll switch pronouns... Not only are they not Christians, they aren't Americans. They wish we still lived under the rule of a sovereign king. They're … [Read more...]

Not Nero, not Caligula – Commodus.

Over the past few weeks several people have posited notions that the individual currently serving as President of the United States is similar to one of two ancient Roman emperors - Nero or Caligula. While there is some merit to these notions, I think there is a closer match who is far more compelling as being analogous - Emperor Commodus (ruled from 177-197 A.D.).**Be sure to click on the hyperlinks embedded in this piece to see correlations to current events.**Privileged Commodus grew … [Read more...]

Making Friends with Silence

Most of my attempts to connect and relate to God – involve silence.And most frequently, not much more than that.I sometimes wonder if there’s really much difference between seeking to connect to God – and not seeking to. Similar experience and results.That said, while similar, they’re not exactly the same. They're very close, almost too close. So close that atheists (and agnostics, and struggling believers like myself) don’t tend to see meaningful difference. But, at times, I do feel … [Read more...]

Grounded in Earth-Breath

While things political are currently out of whack and in a state of alarm and distressing tantrum, we live in a beautiful, beautiful world. I'm on a 4 1/2 hour drive and the rugged autumnal scenery is reminding me that the personal and social storms of our lives are transitory and so very fleeting. No matter what happens with our elections, no matter how things play out at work, no matter the state of our love lives, and regardless of all of our petty preferences and opinions - the … [Read more...]

Got Hope?

Hope Givers by Daisy Rain Martin is not a book you should read- unless you're a human being seeking to find meaning in life - unless you're seeking to scrap together some sense of a healthy perspective on the many travails and ups and downs of life - unless you follow Jesus in some rather unorthodox, non-conventional, humble, really down-to-earth, and utterly outrageous ways - unless you're the sort of person who finds that reading anecdotes and slices of other people's lives and seeing … [Read more...]

The Golden Rule is Bad for Business?

Most all of the world religions share a common teaching to not harm others - "the Silver Rule."  "What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow: this is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn." - Rabbi Hillel  That's one of the many teachings among the world religions that state this in "the negative."Two religions, Christianity and Jainism, state it in the positive teaching to pro-actively do good to others. As Jesus put it, "do unto others as you'd have them do unto y … [Read more...]