Of the Heart of the Matter

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If someone were to ask you to describe the central tenet of your faith; what is it at the heart of your spiritual and religious life… in just a sentence: What would you say? In the Christian church we have at our disposal a rich library of scripture; we have the multifaceted theologies developed over [...] Read more »

Of Being Religious

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Being religious is not all that fashionable these days, particularly among  the so-called Millennials, the next generation to succeed the largely religious baby-boomers. Church growth experts are wringing their hands. Pundits are proclaiming the inevitable death of organized religion, certainly mainstream organized religion. Atheists, now celebrity in pop culture, claim to be the largest minority [...] Read more »

Of Death by Water

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“As I went down to the river to pray, studying about that good ol’ way and who shall wear the starry crown. Good Lord show me the way.”   Negro Spiritual/Slave song  Leonardo da Vinci said that water is the driving force of all nature. Not only is water the driving force of all nature, but [...] Read more »

Of Angels and Demons

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“I’m her friend. She lives with me. She’s lived with me for a while; I can tell you she ain’t on drugs or alcohol. I’m a witness.” said the older of the two women that stopped by my office Monday morning. They knocked on the back door; I met them on the steps. They seemed [...] Read more »

Of this Improbable Life

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We were watching the news this morning  when Katharine nudged me and asked me to look at what she had found on Facebook. You won’t believe this, she said. It was a post from an old grade school friend touting his newly published book. Back in the day he was a football hero,  student body [...] Read more »