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Brad Dourif as Hazel Motes

Brad Dourif as Hazel Motes

Actually, depending how you look at it, this news is either four years old, or ever new. Over at the Atheist Channel, Rational Doubt runs an op-ed of a Rabbi of Humanistic Judaism (?) whose thoughts run to the idea that we have found the problem, and it is the Word of God. [Read more...]

Jesus, On Feeding The Homeless

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On a sabbath Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees. He said to the host who invited him, [Read more...]

The Kind Of Post TIME Magazine Never Picks Up, AKA, Hell Is Real!

Something's happening here; what it is ain't exactly clear...

Something’s happening here; what it is ain’t exactly clear…

The other day TIME Magazine picked up a Patheos post from a different channel in which the author asked us to imagine Christianity without Hell.

A Christianity without hell would be largely unevangelical, since there would be nothing to save anyone from.

A Christianity without hell would trust that God’s loving benevolence towards all people (emphasis on all) extends beyond this life and into the next.

Scrolling across my minds eye now is one of my favorite proverbs from a book that is full of wisdom, [Read more...]

The #1 Reason Why I Am Giving The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge The Cold Shoulder…

Sooooo sleepy...

Sooooo sleepy…

Because I’m a jerk. That, and because Jesus said this, [Read more...]

As The World Seems To Claim That God Is Dead, He Speaks To Us Today Via The Prophet Nahum

Isis fighters, pictured on a militant website verified by AP.

Surely I’m not the first to notice how oftentimes, through the daily readings, or by way of the Liturgy of the Hours, God breaks through our thrall towards world events, and speaks to us directly. [Read more...]

When Spring Came, I Cut My Fig Tree Down. Then, God Took Over…

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In the year of Our Lord, 2010…

A couple of years back, I shared a post here about my love of figs and how my experience with a fig tree kinda, sorta, mirrored the parable found in Luke’s gospel. Remember it? Good times.

Two seasons later, in May of this year, I had to cut it down. [Read more...]

Psalm 119, The Hebrew Letter נ (Nun), And A Prayer

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As Christians around the globe adopt the Arabic letter ن‎ (nun) as their profile pictures on social media, in solidarity with our persecuted brothers and sisters in Iraq and Syria, I was led to read Psalm 119.

Truth be told, it was unintentional. I had seen somewhere that Psalm 117 was the shortest of the psalms, and went to look it up in The Catholic Youth Bible.

A blurb on the page told me that the 119th psalm was the longest, and I thought since I was in the neighborhood, I should take a look at it too. [Read more...]

“The Kingdom of Heaven is like an investment that everyone wants to buy, but no one wants to hold.”

Whut r you doin’, Frank?

Put your Bibles down, folks, because Jesus never said that. It’s just a thought that popped into my head while I was reviewing the results of the last five years of my retirement account. The seed of the thought was probably planted by my reading the gospels as I make my way through the Bible in a year. [Read more...]

Truly, truly, it wouldn’t be Lent without 40 days of silliness regarding The Incarnation running rampant.

Comes the esteemed history professor from UNC-Chapel Hill wondering for 38 minutes and 37 seconds about the historical Jesus,  since he never called himself God, how did he become one?

The first thing you have to do? Forget all about that pesky Gospel of John. From the very first verse, see, John’s gospel proclaims the same truth that the Apostle Thomas stated when he stuck his fingers in Jesus’s still fresh wounds. [Read more...]

Thoughts On Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings” Brought On By Today’s Readings

This Moses leads from the front.

On Thursdays, I usually lector at the parish within walking distance of my office. What with Noah in theaters now, and more biblical films to come, it shouldn’t surprise you that I thought about the Ridley Scott film on Exodus that is due to hit theaters on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Friday December 12, 2014) .

See, I’m interested in the way that Scott will portray the scene I read to the faithful today. It’s when Moses (Christian Bale) is receiving the law from God, and God tells Moses that the people have made a golden calf. [Read more...]


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