• faith,  fat soul theology,  process theology,  spirituality

    Dogs, Gardens, and Fat Souls

    This morning I patiently watched my 18-year-old dog, Munchkin, make her rounds through the back garden. She moves slowly; she’s blind and deaf; and, ever since she walked straight into the garden pond late one evening, she requires supervision each time she goes outside. I have had to adjust my life to make time to wait on her as she eats, as she walks the garden, and as she checks all the important spots in the house. She also waits. She waits by her chair until I show up to pick her up and place her in it. She waits when she finds herself stuck in a corner or behind…

  • faith,  progressive,  social responsibility,  vision

    Spiritual Covenant with America

    I joined the Network of Spiritual Progressives last year because the group closely reflects my own views on what it will take to build communities, countries, and a world based on peaceful human interaction. Each time I read the emailed newsletters or the print magazine, Tikkun, a spirit of hope is renewed in me. Below is a one-page summary of our Spiritual Covenant with America. You can read the full covenant HERE. 1. We will create a society that promotes rather than undermines loving and caring relationships and families. 2. We will take personal responsibility for ethical behavior. 3. We will build social responsibility into the normal operations of our…

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  • christianity,  discipline,  faith,  prayer

    Prayer cannot stop the sun or move mountains. Ever.

    A status update flowed through my Facebook news feed that said something like “prayer can literally stop the sun.” I probably would not have paid attention if the word “literally” had not been included. I hate to burst that person’s bubble, but no prayer, no matter how fervent, is going to cause the laws of nature to be violated or altered. Neither will prayer violate or alter the free will of another human. Why would we even want it to be so? An earth that is stopped in its tracks would result in catastrophic destruction for the earth and all its inhabitants. The ability to control others with prayer is…

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  • bohemian,  christianity,  faith,  politics,  progressive,  religion

    Intimate knowledge

    I have read this piece by Frank Schaeffer twice. It’s funny, and it’s a super promotion for his newest book. But more than that, I get what he is talking about. And I think he is right. There are just too many of us who don’t simply have a book knowledge or observational knowledge of how far-right, literalist, fundamentalist, evangelicals think. We have an insider’s intimate knowledge that comes from having been one of them. We know how they think because we used to think that way, too. The ranks of post-evangelicals is growing. The so-called Nones may be checking none as a religious affiliation, but they are checking something…

  • faith,  religion

    Wesleyan theology rocks!

    This is one of the best short descriptions of Wesleyan theology that I’ve seen. Dr. Witherington III makes the connections between love, grace, and changed lives. A connection that Calvinistic theologies fail to make. I’ve always viewed Wesleyan theology as optimistic and joyful, and Calvinistic theologies as pessimistic and dour. Watch and enjoy!

  • faith,  social justice

    Yes, I know Jesus… wait…

    …are we talking about the same guy? The Jesus I know was a Jewish carpenter turned itinerant preacher with calloused hands who liked nothing better after a long day than to have dinner and a glass of wine with a large group of friends, acquaintances and anyone else who showed up. He very much enjoyed deep discussions about the meaning of what it meant to be fully human – to live with authenticity and compassion – to bring the “golden rule” to life every single day. He didn’t shy away from discussions about the plight of the poor or the oppressive rule of powerful authorities, whether religious or political. Despite…

  • 3rd-party politics,  faith,  politics

    Left and Right

    Obama is certainly left-leaning, and I believe he would love to take America in the direction of most of Europe. However, we are quite fortunate in that this is a Republic and he doesn’t get to do anything he wants. He has to contend with a Legislature, a Supreme Court, 50 state governments, and millions of individual citizens. Not to say Americans don’t need to be vigilant. They do. But the “Right” saying Obama and his advisors (the so-called czars) will single-handedly turn the U.S. into a socialist country is as bad as the “Left” when they said Bush and his advisors were usurping power, trampling on our freedoms and…