Tag Archives: God

A God Of Love

The Aztecs probably hold the record for most human sacrifices performed in a calendar year.  They believed in a God who fed on human blood, and their priests tore beating hearts out of chests to offer up as food.  Going to war was a form of farming, harvesting captives, then herding the divine victuals home […]

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Finding God- 2

There are all kinds of ways to hide.  Some people stay out of sight; others hide in plain sight.  Some people conceal themselves behind anger and bravado, others behind helplessness.   Some people hide by lying to others and other people hide by lying to themselves.  Some use the truth to lie.  In their hands, truthfulness […]

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Finding God- 1

When I was in the ministry, I attended a dinner party given by a Jamaican couple who belonged to the church.  They were sophisticated people, with a wide variety of friends, and that night one of the guests had a problem with the idea of God.  I was holding a bacon-wrapped chestnut in one hand […]

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God Is Nothing

The Buddha was a very practical man.  He disliked questions for which there were no answers, calling them a waste of time.  In one of his teachings, the Buddha described a man who had been shot with a poisoned arrow.  His family retrieved a doctor, but the man wouldn’t accept any help until learning the […]

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The Man With A Radio In His Big Toe

When I was in seminary, I interned as a chaplain in a VA mental hospital.  I worked in a locked ward for Vietnam vets.  Many were schizophrenics with psychotic features, meaning they heard voices and saw things the rest of us don’t.  I’d arrive in the morning as the unit lined up for orange juice […]

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Surah 13: 25

Those who break the covenant of Allah, after having given their word, and cut apart those things that Allah has commanded to be joined, and work mischief in the land—on them is the Curse, and for them is Hell.  –The Qur’an, Surah 13:25 Four Americans were killed this week by renegade Muslims, ostensibly because of […]

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Ideologically Speaking

We all like to be right.  In my experience, being wrong has never had a big upside.   It’s usually followed by taking the blame for everything from embarrassments to car wrecks, and is why we constantly try to convince people the truth is on our side.  The F was the teacher’s fault. The ways we […]

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God Does Play Dice

Rounding a curve on a two-lane country road, a blue car coming towards me suddenly swerved over the double lines.  I could see a young guy slouched behind the wheel startle to life and jerk the car, tires veering back to his side of the road, and we passed uneventfully.  But it was enough to […]

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The Parable of The Prick and The Scum Bag

Jesus didn’t like everybody.  The man so often equated with peace and love got annoyed with people.  He famously chased a gaggle of businessmen out of the Jerusalem temple.  He compared pharisaic lawyers to a den of poisonous snakes.  On more than a few occasions, he described his own disciples as dim-witted.  And to the […]

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Trusting The Miracle

I’ve been wondering what to do with myself lately.  Perhaps it’s because I turned sixty a few months ago.  Perhaps it’s because I had a heart attack shortly afterwards.  Perhaps it’s because I’ve never held a job longer than seven years, and I’m approaching that now.  Perhaps it’s because I still don’t know what I […]

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