The Homeless Soul

I haven’t shared this with anybody until today. And I only do it today, because I am thinking of all my blessings at this time of Thanksgiving. About a month ago, I finished refereeing a soccer game, was hungry and looking for a sweet snack. I figured an oatmeal raisin cookie or two would do the trick.  I stopped by a grocery store on my way home, I bought my cookies and was leaving the store when I saw a homeless man sitting up against the wall. He had no…

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The liberal war against Chick-fil-A: What about freedom of Religion?

Dan Cathy Chick-fil-a Gay Marriage Debate

It is disturbing that so-called liberal politicians would use their political positions to discriminate based on the religious beliefs of a business owner. So far there is no evidence that Chick-fil-A is discriminatory in its hiring or business practices.

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I am a body

I am a body - Everybody is a body

Body and Spirit are tied together. How would you express the concept of your spirit and body being linked together? Do you say “I have a body” or do you say “I am a body”? Some cosmological perspectives of the relationship of the spirit to the body claim that the spirit is placed inside the body and therefore “owns” the body. This gives rise to the idea that the spirit and body are at odds with one another, with the spirit striving to subdue the body. Sometimes our language expresses…

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The King of Kings is Dead

King of Kings crown collage

Three years after being declared “King of Kings” by over 200 African kings and rulers, Muammar Gaddafi has been killed by rebels that despised his rule. This title, King of Kings, was bestowed upon Gaddafi in August of 2008, during a meeting in the Libyan town of Benghazi. The purpose of the meeting was for Gaddafi to consolidate his power over the whole of the African continent. In his remarks Gaddafi declared:  “We want an African military to defend Africa, we want a single African currency, we want one African…

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Presidential Faith and Religion

Faith and Hope

The Republican candidates for the President have generated much discussion and press about faith and religion in the United States.  Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry are evangelical Christians and wear their faith on their sleeve. Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman are Mormons, and even though neither discusses his religion often, there are many evangelical Christians who bring out religion out as a reason to not vote for either of them.  Polls consistently show that many voters take into account the religion of a presidential candidate, and Mormons do not fare…

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The Search for a Purpose in Life

Chilean Volcano Eruption

Years ago I read the book by Orange County mega pastor Rick Warren, A Purpose Driven Life. The premise of the book is that successful lives are born of those people that make living Biblical principles their purpose. In other words, make God your main purpose in life and all else will fall into place. Pastor Warren and his book left me unconvinced that I should adopt his prescribed purpose into my own life. However this idea of humans needing a purpose to organize their lives has percolated in my…

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No Religious Test Shall Ever Be Required For the President. Article VI – US Constitution

No Religious Test for the President

In American politics today there is a faction of right wing conservative Christians who judge every candidate by their religion. There are those who have long maintained that President Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim, and therefore unqualified for the presidency. During his 2008 bid for the presidency former Governor Mitt Romney was incessantly questioned about his Mormon faith. It was so bad he had to give a famed “Faith in America” speech specifically declaring that electing him was not the same as putting the LDS church in charge of…

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We Have More in Common, Than We are Different

Tornados are equal opportunity destroyers

We’ve heard it a thousand times. A person is called out for promoting views that are exclusionary to a group other than their own, and their first response is, ‘well, I have friends that are, (fill in the blank) but I have standards, and these people don’t meet my standards.’ Such language is code for: Yea, but… Whenever I hear this phrase, I am convinced that the person is guilty of the charge, be it racism, homophobia, xenophobia, Islamaphobia, Catholiphobia, or an irrational fear of anybody else that is a…

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What is evangelicalism?

Scot McKnight and his book Jesus Creed

Scot McKnight wrote over at Jesus Creed about as clear and concise a definition of Evangelicalism as I have ever found. Evangelicalism is a sub-movement in the Protestant church defined by a emphasis on four core beliefs: 1.  –  The centrality of the Bible as the ultimate word of God, 2.  –  The centrality of the atoning death of Christ. 3.  –  The centrality of the need for personal conversion to those two principles 4.  –  The centrality of an active mission to convert others and to do good works…

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