June 12, 2024

Just imagine, if you can, that they, the ones not like you, turn to you and say, You are wrong. That One whom the sacred words reveal is like me, not like you. You are only partial. I am whole. Since you cannot be like me, you cannot be like That One. Imagine, if you will, with me for just a moment. Imagine a world where sacred knowledge was written in a sacred book, but in languages not your own.... Read more

April 25, 2024

Four years ago, I split an overcrowded peace lily (Spathiphyllum). They’re common plants, often sent to funerals, and I’ve had this one for a long time. It desperately needed to be broken apart, rootbound, with no space in the pot to grow while slowly gaining a hard, nearly impenetrable center. The painful process to split the peace lily I gently pulled it from the pot and slowly, ever so slowly, broke it apart. Despite my care, some pieces had to... Read more

April 14, 2024

When was the last time you tried screaming while being choked by someone bigger and stronger than you? Women can’t fix this; men must step up to the plate. Photo credit: 9877400 | Hand Throat © Pzromashka | Dreamstime.com I was eating breakfast and causally glancing at the Sunday New York Times when I came across this piece. It speaks graphically of the latest trend of teenage sex: the male partner “choking” the female. Here’s a snippet (bold/italics mine): For the past four years, Dr. Herbenick... Read more

March 21, 2024

Truth: we saw more abortions in 2023 than before the overturn of Roe vs Wade and before states established laws that removed abortion access and punished providers of women’s health care. So what has happened after the pro-life “life begins at conception” group dominated the Supreme Court and resulted in the overturn of Roe vs Wade? Well, after a decade of a significant decline in the rate of abortions, they immediately began to climb upward again. The Wrong Measures By... Read more

January 17, 2024

Can Democracy and Evangelical Christianity co-exist? I used to think so. Now, I’m not so sure. Democracy does not matter in that world.   Here is just one of the many sincerely alarmist articles about some plans that Mr. Trump, with the full support of the Evangelical world, has floated to dismantle many of the safeguards to our democracy should he win the 2024 Presidential election. Sadly, these ambitions have been on display since before the 2016 election. Nearly eight... Read more

December 29, 2023

While my son, the migrant, and his family had the time and the means to follow all the rules, Jesus, the migrant, did not. Every stranger is an enemy~Primo Levi A number of years ago, I started reading  The Complete Works of Primo Levi. Levi was an Italian Jew, a chemist, and a gifted writer who spent the last years of WWII in a Nazi extermination camp–and one of the few who came out alive. In his introduction to his... Read more

December 13, 2023

Repeal the 19th Amendment if you really want to stop abortions. Women have no biblical right to the vote anyway. The political news, in addition to being dominated by former President Trump’s hate-filled antics, also now overflows with the agony of the GOP’s dawning realization that their campaign against bodily autonomy for women is not exactly winning the hearts of the US voting public. Now, when I write “bodily autonomy for women,” I mean this: women of childbearing age (that... Read more

December 7, 2023

Let’s face it: Skipping Advent is the real “reason for the season.” The birth of Jesus has nothing to do with it. Immediately after Thanksgiving (and possibly before, but I was not shopping then), walking into a mall or any large store means an assault on the senses with happy, jolly Christmas music, all fine and good when skipping Advent is the goal. Why? Listen to Advent music: It’s pretty well all in a minor key, set to make us... Read more

December 2, 2023

I recently totally shocked a lovely, younger, faithful Christian friend by telling her I thought we should stop teaching the Bible to children. Scene One: The Bible Study The Bible study group was small for our last meeting. I almost wanted to put off the lesson because it was one of my best. I wanted more to know about it (a little personal pride perhaps?) but changed my mind. And so we began that particular lesson on Luke 15. At... Read more

August 21, 2023

It is starting to make sense to see Trump as Messiah. Clearly, I’ve had a change of thought about him and his impact. With a bit of horrified fascination, I have been watching the doubling down of support to return Donald J Trump, the voice and influence behind an armed insurrection against the US, to the Presidency. Even with nearly countless charges against him in Federal and State courts, his followers have not and will not back down. One group... Read more

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