Tag Archives: Jesus

The Laughing Jesus

I’ve been reading The Gospel of Judas. It’s one of the different narratives about Jesus that the early church disliked and discarded. Irenaeus, who lived in the 2’nd century, mentions the book in his long diatribe against false teachings, but it had never been found until showing up in the hands of an Egyptian antiquities […]

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What Is Truth?

On the day after his arrest, Jesus was interrogated by Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Palestine.  Jesus had been accused of declaring himself a king, and Pilate was amused.  Here stood a poor Jewish man from a rural district in an outback of the Empire, someone without an education, wealth, or even a following, […]

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Seeing Oneness

“Who sees all beings in his own Self, and his own Self in all beings, loses all fear.”  – Isa Upanishad Ninety-six percent of our body consists of four elements: oxygen, carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen.  The other four percent is a smorgasbord of the periodic table, from sulfur to chlorine to zinc.  Even though we […]

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Aiming At Nothing And Hitting It

When I became a minister, my role as a pastoral counselor had special significance for me.  I regarded counseling as a professionally recognized practice.  Everything else about being a pastor—the ceremonies, the praying, the studying of religious books, the time spent with women who were home all day—seemed to be seen as more akin to […]

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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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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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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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The Story of The Good Samaritan

One day, a lawyer asked Jesus a question about the law.  Being a Pharisee, who believed in a resurrection, he wanted to know the legal requirements for admission to heaven.  “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Rather than answering, Jesus asked the lawyer for his opinion, and the legal scholar quoted verses from […]

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Meeting God

The first time I experienced what I think of as God was as a bored teenager in church, feeling guilty about masturbating.  Masturbation was a regular activity, being a horny fifteen year-old, and the Sears catalog provided visual stimulation.  In my day, catalogs were the equivalent of internet porn.  Unfortunately, I also believed masturbation was […]

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American Romantics

In case you’ve lost track, there’s less than a month until February 14.  You might want to get that box of chocolates while supplies last.  By the time Valentines Day is done, we’ll spend more than $14 billion on cards, candy, flowers, and dinner.  The tab for the average American will scan in at $100+. […]

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