Category Archives: religion

Keeping Moloch happy

The ancient Phoenicians used to worship a god we now know as Moloch. Moloch was pretty generous as gods go. His priests promised his followers that they would receive security, prosperity, health, long life, and good harvests. Significantly, they were … Continue reading

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Understanding what drives the calling of God

So, as you may have noticed, I’ve been thinking a lot about Lumpy the past few weeks, and processing some of the grief and other experiences of having and losing him back in 2002. A lot of this stems from … Continue reading

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Biblical literacy

Several years ago, the preacher-guy at our church decided to test the biblical literacy of the congregation. He broke us into groups and gave us all a list of quotations, some from famous speeches and presidential addresses, a few from … Continue reading

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Oldtime religion under the stagelights

A couple of years ago, I was in a production of “Inherit the Wind” at Villagers Theatre. The play is a theater staple, portraying a fictitious account of the Scopes Monkey Trial. In the play the science teacher charged with … Continue reading

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Hating the sinner

My experience is that when we say, “We need to speak the truth in love,” it’s the same as when we talk about “Hating the sin but loving the sinner.” Both phrases are a coded way of saying “I’m about … Continue reading

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Grace, but not to you, revisited

If it’s against your conscience to bake cakes, maybe you should leave the bakery business. Or, look at it this way: If selling a cake to a same-sex couple for their wedding day makes the baker somehow complicit in their … Continue reading

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On prayer

Following the environmental disaster brought on Texas by Hurricane Harvey, President Trump has declared this Sunday, Sept. 3, to be a national day of prayer. What’s the point? As one acquaintance asked, “What is a day of prayer supposed to … Continue reading

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On the Nashville Statement

I’m going to say something that may shock you. Being gay isn’t about sex. I swear to God. That’s not the impression you would get from the signatories of the Nashville Statement, freshly released by the Council on Biblical Manhood … Continue reading

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Understanding the spirits

From what I can tell, Bible scholars are fairly well divided over unclean spirits, whether that’s a synonym for demons or if there’s intended to be a clear distinction. Speaking generally and acknowledging once again that I don’t know ancient … Continue reading

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Flannery O’Connor on faith

“I think there is no suffering greater than what is caused by the doubts of those who want to believe. I know what torment this is, but I can only see it, in myself anyway, as the process by which … Continue reading

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