Monthly Archives: March 2017

What’s trending (and what never has)

While my family and I were out celebrating recently at Trendy Restaurant, my wife commented on the decor, which was, appropriately enough, trendy. The designs on the walls were what particularly drew her attention. They were festooned with garishly colored … Continue reading

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The ‘Billy Graham’ rule

I have a serious question for everyone: Would you ever meet up with a member of the opposite sex other than your partner — or if you’re gay, a member of the same sex other than your partner — for … Continue reading

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Understanding family dynamics in the New Testament

Under a curse and out of harmony with God and each other was never part of the plan, nor is it the model Paul spells out for us when he describes family and social dynamics. I hate to get into … Continue reading

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I don’t understand the church’s purity fetish

OK, I really do not get the purity culture in church. A friend of mine recently shared that because he’d had sex before he even met the woman he eventually married, she considers that he pre-emptively cheated on her. I … Continue reading

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Gomer revisited

Had a curious thought today. What if we look at Gomer and Hosea differently? The depictions I’ve heard of her are that she is a wretched and debased woman who keeps falling back into prostitution; and though it shames Hosea … Continue reading

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When dreams become a nightmare

I told a few people in my dreams last night to go away because I was trying to sleep, and they weren’t helping since I knew they were characters in a dream. One of them didn’t like that. He tapped … Continue reading

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Paul and Stoicism

Paul and the other writers of the Christian Scriptures regularly availed themselves of the language of other philosophies and of the Roman Empire itself,¬†and subverted it. John the Evangelist used Logos, a Gnostic term, to refer to Jesus. Colossians evokes … Continue reading

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Deal with the devil

They say that when the devil offers you a deal, you find out what you’re really made of. I don’t know if that’s true, although I can attest that no one has said that to me, since I just made … Continue reading

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Rowena and the Celestial Lion: A D&D story

Have you ever heard the story of Rowena and the Celestial Lion? Rowena was a character played by a woman I’ll call Elkay, in a D&D campaign written several years ago by Thomas Palmieri and Anthony Gazzillo. At times of … Continue reading

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The Saga of Stompy the Elephant

We began a new D&D campaign today at Eric Marshall’s house. To the extent that things went wrong, I take full credit. Things started off well enough. We were asked to convince a group of mendicants to leave the duchy, … Continue reading

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