π r2 Redux

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Many of you have commented on my sermon of this past Sunday in which I trod where most English majors fear to tread (at least this English major)… in the realm of Math. I suggested that the circle might be a metaphor for the kingdom of God; for life itself. The enigmatic circle has long been [...] Read more »

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 »