Category: Sorting it out

3 Films that show how Hollywood defines the values of a secular Christmas:

This season I decided to re-watch Christmas films with a new eye. I wanted to ask myself while I was watching these films if anything about the story would be altered if suddenly we, as a Nation, decided to make Christmas a fully secular holiday. In my last post, I looked at what I would... Read more »

So you don't believe in God - who cares?

So I believe in God. Yes. And yes, I even made that G a capital G. But before you go writing me off for having antiquated beliefs – or before you go trying to get all chummy because you think I share your beliefs, let’s take a second and slow down a bit. Anecdotal digression:... Read more »

Rep. Peter King vs. Walter Bishop of TV's Fringe

Yesterday at lunch I found myself exploring two kinds of diversions neither of which worked well. I tried reading some news and just became frustrated by Rep. Peter King’s continued efforts at making Christianity look absurd. I tried looking for something to watch on Hulu only to come to the conclusion that the only thing... Read more »
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You know, God... TomWaitsCookieMonster Mashup has a great point... Who DO we leave in charge?

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There is something so sublime about the mixing of Tom Waits’ carnival barker gruffness and the deep dive association from childhood of Cookie Monster that I have to take a moment to pause and reflect on this video. I would never have the audacity to think this is appropriate for all audiences, but considering my... Read more »

Deep Calls to Deep. Authenticity, God, and the end of Summer.

Approaching the end of the summer, I’m looking back at what kinds of things I can say with some certainty I have accomplished. I tend to do this at the end of a season. I’m not sure if it is something everyone does or just me, nor am I sure exactly how I came to... Read more »

Heroin for Hangnails and Heaven for Hermit Crabs

My son is apt to be a bit dramatic. This is no surprise to me as I tend toward the dramatic myself as can his mom. Naturally when his first pet, a hermit crab, died this past week, we knew we were going to have to approach next steps with care. Up to this point... Read more »
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Don't Just Pray or Just Don't Pray?

Since starting this blog, I’ve pondered covering a number of topics that I feel have placed a strangle-hold on the healthy development of many modern religions ideologically. I agonize over each of these topics for fear of unintentionally misguiding someone into thinking I don’t feel that faith has a place in modern life. Quite the... Read more »

The man in this video says "The Internet is My Religion" and I'm inclined to agree.

It is not often that we hear stories like this. When I was growing up in the church it would have been called a testimony – a statement of faith. The testimony was meant to be a description of that shining moment on the proverbial “road to Damascus” when we encounter God in a personal... Read more »

My life walking away from religion - it may not be what you expect.

My life walking away from religion - it may not be what you expect.
My life away from religion – it may not be what you expect. It certainly isn’t what I expected. Sometimes it isn’t what I secretly desire. Let me unpack that last one…   If you are like me you will remember when you were a teen and first felt that pull toward what I refer... Read more »
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Be careful what you teach the children-They just might expect it to be true.

Be careful what you teach the children-They just might expect it to be true.
Be careful what you teach the children. I grew up in a farm and factory community.  Half the locals worked on farms, the other half worked for a large diesel engine manufacturing company. In this town we had your standard array of protestant and catholic configurations.   Saying you went to church was like sitting... Read more »