• meditation,  religion,  spirituality

    Hiding inside a religious box

    instead of embracing an alternative reality This is Thursday of Week 3 of the Richard Rohr meditations that I’m following this year. This statement stood out to me: “In fact, religion is often the easiest place to hide from God.” Based on my personal experience and my observations of others (including lay people and clergy), this is true. It’s common to follow all the rules of a religion. It’s less common to make an intimate connection with the divine.

  • baking,  brownies,  religion

    Best Brownies

    Use This Secret Ingredient I like to keep things simple. This is a variation on my Super Fudge Brownie recipe. Eliminate the chips and add 1/2 teaspoon Ancho Chile powder. No, your brownies won’t be hot and spicy. What you will get is a richer, more complex chocolate flavor. You won’t be disappointed. I promise. Bonus tip: Add a tablespoon of cocoa to your next batch of chili. It enhances the chile spices. Try it. You’ll like it!

  • 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!

  • equality,  religion,  women

    Funny stuff

    I ran across this blog post from last year while I was doing some research: Top 10 Reasons Why Men Shouldn’t Be Ordained. Some of the commenters are funnier than the list, especially the “you should read your Bible and repent” types. But I’m just a woman, what do I know?

  • religion

    I had to hold my tongue…

    but I can’t help but blog about it. I encountered a woman recently whose (adult, unmarried) daughter is pregnant (by accident) with her third child. The daughter has a long history of poor life choices, including obviously her choice in men. The daughter also lives with the mother and the mother takes care of the other two kids while the daughter works and (apparently) makes more bad life choices. I feel for her. This is a difficult thing for a senior citizen who would probably like to be doing other things with her life than constantly mopping up the messes made by her daughter. I offered my sympathy and prayers…

  • christianity,  faith,  religion

    To church or not to church

    I ran across a story this week that talked about the findings of a LifeWay Research study. It basically says that the “unchurched” (a particularly stupid word) see Christian churches as full of hypocrites and overly judgmental. One of the quotes is that 44% said that “Christians get on my nerves.” This study simply confirms what the Barna Group has found in surveys over the last couple of years.Their studies show that non-Christians and Christians who don’t attend a church (the “unchurched”) think that Christian churches are hypocritical, judgmental, overly political, and old-fashioned stick in the muds. Will Christian churches, their pastors and their members take heed of this type…