Category Archives: religion

When a sacrament is just lunch

Eat some bread and drink some wine during church, and it’s a sacrament we call Communion. Outside church, it’s lunch. During church, we can have all sorts of rules on how to celebrate the sacrament correctly. Does it have to … Continue reading

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President Trump, the Religious Right and my Jesus

My Jesus cares about justice. There is no evidence that Trump or his supporters do. My Jesus healed the sick. Trump has made cuts to healthcare, while his supporters approved. My Jesus welcomes refugees. Trump turns them away while his … Continue reading

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My ancestors were kicked out of the meeting

I was raised Presbyterian, but that’s not the only Christian sect in my family tree. I have several notable ancestors who were members of the Quaker meeting in Philadelphia back in the 1770s until they were removed. Think about this … Continue reading

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Keeping the faith in the Age of Trump

The church was never meant to side with the wealthy and powerful, neither directly nor through its silence. It has always been God’s intent that the church be built with the broken, the hurting and the cast-offs of society. “It … Continue reading

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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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