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...]

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...]

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...]

Blue Moon – waxing poetic

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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 me they envy me – and even more think ityet who is this who is jealous of me? … [Read more...]


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