Author Archives: John

Heaven on Earth

 A Thanksgiving Reflection in the Midst of a Terrorized World Like many others, the Thanksgiving holiday is another reason I love autumn.  The occasion gives us the allocation of a few fleeting moments to pause and express appreciation for whatever … Continue reading

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Considering a Political Candidate’s Religious Beliefs: Why It Does and Doesn’t Matter

Last in a 3-Part Series on Politics and Religion In a stump speech, Donald Trump reacted to poll numbers in Iowa, indicating Ben Carson had taken the lead in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. “I love Iowa,” Trump said. “And, look, … Continue reading

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If Jesus Addressed Congress

Second in a Series exploring the relationship between one’s theological framework and political viewpoint … In a previous post in this series (If Jesus Ran for President) it was suggested that behind anyone’s religious beliefs and practice – as well as their … Continue reading

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If Jesus Ran for President

Jesus, a cleric and a politician walk into a bar … If that sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, consider the 3-ring circus of political debates and punditry already well underway 14 months before our next national presidential … Continue reading

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UNBOUND: Freedom, Liberty & the Gift of Liberation

In observance of Independence Day, 2015 Liberty and Freedom: People – especially politicians, it seems – frequently use the two terms interchangeably, as if they were the same thing. But while civil liberties can be legislated and personal freedoms can … Continue reading

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Conscience and Consciousness

A Spiritual Path for Personal Transformation “So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get … Continue reading

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What Shall We Overcome?

Racism, the Imbalance of Power, and the Response of the Prophetic Voice “They told us we wouldn’t get here. And there were those who said that we would get here only over their dead bodies, but all the world today knows … Continue reading

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Je Suis Jésus

Satire and Blasphemy in the Teaching of a Galilean Sage “You have heard his blasphemy! What is your decision?’ All of them condemned him as deserving death.”  Mark 14.64 Radical religious extremists with a distorted view of Islam commit horrific acts … Continue reading

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Taking the “Christ” Out of Christmas

Celebrating the Holy Nativity of Jesus   Now when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord – as it is written in the … Continue reading

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Defining Progressive Christianity

An Open-Ended “Creed” for a Progressive Christian I have often said so-called “progressive Christianity” is a notion forever in search of its own elusive definition; and that’s as good a way of explaining it as we may be able to … Continue reading

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