Christianity in Crisis: from fear to faith

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Christianity! A 2,000 year old tree that’s mature, big, & mighty. With over 3 billion members & 40,000 denominations, it’s connected throngs of people to God & Jesus. Our tree is rooted to the earth & reaches us to the heavens. What a great & glorious gift to the world!Video of this "7-21" talk at the Christianity 21 Conference held in Phoenix, AZ this week.Yet rumor has it, we’re dying. Apparently, Christianity’s hey day is over in the West. In 1966, there were 600 … [Read more...]

The Holy “Huh!”

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I used to be more easily triggered by things, more reactive, and generally more anxious and frustrated. Things have been shifting for me though. I'm now more unflappable, more intentionally active on my own terms, and generally more calm and reasonably content.One of the practices that has helped is to name, own, and state my feelings.Another practice is centering prayer which has me setting aside time regularly to just "sit and be" with God in silence. It's quality time with the … [Read more...]

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...]

Men. “retreating – to advance.”

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mencommon men.diverse men.young bucks. mature bulls. aged sages.men in their heads men in their bodiesmen with wounds men with strengthsmen with coping patterns that no longer servemen who are wise men who are fools every man - both.men who've cheated men who've rapedmen who've abused men who've been abused men who gather to seek the medicine of men talking sticks... honest dicks men sighing men moaning men singing men dancing men drumming men … [Read more...]


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