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The Devil is a Lawyer

“The devil,” Jesus said, “is a liar.” Maybe they heard him wrong. Maybe he said, “lawyer.” But then you might say, “Same thing.” What do you call twenty lawyers at the bottom of the sea? A good start. Why can’t the ten commandments be hung in courthouses? Because that one about lying creates a hostile … Continue reading

The Overwhelming Power of Fearless Human Beings

I was re-reading the Sermon on the Mount-always a dangerous pursuit and very subversive to both the status quo and my personal comfort zone. Once again, my inner woman protested at these words of Jesus: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, tooth for tooth. But I tell you, do not resist … Continue reading

Christian, Not Judeo-Christian

In doing research on racism, which I despise as an anti-human attitude, I came across references to Geert Wilders, an uber-blonde Dutch politician whom people accuse of racism. I always like folks to speak for themselves, so I watched some of his speeches on Youtube.   He’s an odd sort of guy, doggedly persistent with … Continue reading

Let Your Soul Sing

I am a Christian, but alas, I find I have more in common with the dancing, laughing Sufi poet Rumi, who said, “‘My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there,”-than I have with a thin-lipped, judgmental Calvinist and her “sinners in the hand of an angry God” … Continue reading

Political Morality: Three Kids and One Big Cookie

Political morality is simply about sharing power; or, in the case of political immorality, NOT sharing power, i.e. domination by a privileged few. We are born with a sense of justice, or fairness, as shown by the fact that as soon as we can string a sentence together, we are heard to say, “That’s not … Continue reading

Woe to You, Rightwing Christian Leaders, Hypocrites!

I was an adult before I became a Christian and first read the Bible. I was shocked by much of what I read, because I had been sold the “gentle Jesus, meek and mild” narrative. Jesus was meek and mild with ‘honest’ adulterers, whores and worst of all-tax collectors. But he was plenty tough on … Continue reading

Sacred Spaces

Since the beginning of humanity until only very recently, people lived in intimacy with nature. I like the proverb attributed to Native Americans, regarding spring: “Walk gently on the ground, Mother Earth is pregnant.” Although I was raised as a Catholic, I definitely “get” the nature-oriented religions I study. Yet this is no contradiction. If … Continue reading

Theology is a Hoot

Theology literally means the study of God. Although almost all spiritual thinkers of all persuasions conclude that a human is unable to comprehend God, we press on. The somber study of that which cannot be comprehended is hilarious to me. Theology is a hoot and if you don’t approach it this way, it can have … Continue reading