April 4, 2020

    Loving the Least in a Time of Pandemic : On Religious Liberty & the Social Services of Churches     *As always, the word “church” includes all religious institutions for me. Though I find the political views of both Governor Abbott and Attorney General Paxton to most often be detestable, I have worked very hard and am very thankful for their recent order and interpretation declaring churches to be an essential service/business.  Though they probably didn’t consider it… Read more

April 2, 2020

  “Go different routes.”  “Don’t tell anybody.”  “Be as discreet as possible.”  “Don’t wear bright clothes.”  “Just tell them that you’re going to see a friend.”  “Don’t ask for directions.”  “Knock five times on the door.”  Stay quiet.”  “Close the curtains.”  “Don’t turn the lights on.”  “Light the candle.”  “Only one person speaks at a time.” “Our lives are at stake.”  “Don’t leave together.”  “We will leave one at a time every thirty minutes.”  ” Don’t turn around.”   The entire… Read more

March 23, 2020

      Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood jeffrey.k.hood@gmail.com   In recent days, our governments have repeatedly issued orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  These are scary times.  Restrictions are necessary.  The problem arises when preventative actions begin to flippantly infringe upon basic rights.  From the foundation of our nation, religious practice has been something to be protected at all costs.   Make no mistake, these latest restrictions are very dangerous…and I believe unconstitutional (they are not the least restrictive… Read more

March 21, 2020

    Dr. Li Weinlang: Martyr of the Faith   Strange things seemed to only get stranger.  Stories kept on leaking out about a new respiratory illness that was similar yet more deadly than the SARS virus of years past.  Wuhan just seemed to be ignoring it.  Afraid for the health of his colleagues in medicine, Dr. Li Weinlang started to investigate what was going on.  Fairly quickly, it became apparent that this was a nightmare situation.  On a Chinese… Read more

March 21, 2020

      March 17, 2020     “Ethics matter.” / “CoronaEthics Matter”     The world is not ending…unless we destroy it.     Down on her luck, all the woman had was WIC tonight.  Eventually, she made it to the milk.  The kids were screaming.  Looking at the shelves, all of the WIC-approved milk had already been bought (the program controls what you can buy).  Trying to control her emotions, she pushed on to the rice.  The woman… Read more

March 20, 2020

    Did you create Coronavirus? / Just Take Me Back to Genesis   In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day,… Read more

March 19, 2020

  Multiple officers descended on a murder suspect.  Before giving him an opportunity to surrender, the officers opened fire.  Bullet after bullet pierced his young body.  Falling to the pavement, the young man managed, “Why?” Though the officers rendered aid, it was of no use…he was dead before he hit the ground.  Officers on the scene tried to absolve their actions. They kept saying that they thought he had a gun.  It worked for a time.  However, lies can’t live forever.  When… Read more

March 14, 2020

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March 6, 2020

    The story: DENTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) — Denton police released video Thursday of an officer-involved shooting that killed a 23-year-old college student in January. Police Chief Frank Dixon said he did not want to release the video, but did so to avoid civil unrest after weeks of public protests demanding more transparency from the department about what happened to Darius Tarver… https://dfw.cbslocal.com/2020/03/05/denton-police-release-video-footage-of-unt-student-darius-tarvers-fatal-shooting/ The response: Darius Tarver is dead. Say it.  Let it sink in deep into your bones.  This is… Read more

February 15, 2020

  What does the Dalai Lama offer us now?   The Dalai Lama: Traditionalist or Modernist     The Dalai Lama represents a tradition existent since 1391.  This tradition is intensely religious and highly irrational based on modern conceptions of logic and rationality.  Any belief in reincarnation is certainly not a modern construct and challenges modern notions of what is logical.  Religion is not a modern construct.  Enlightenment sensibilities have ushered in a time of philosophical skepticism and aversion to… Read more

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