Christian Terrorism?

This term has been floated about in the national discourse about what happened in Norway. I find Mark Juergensmeyer‘s (Author of ‘Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence”) article, Why Breivik Was a Christian Terrorist, a compelling read worth everyone’s contemplation. He makes some significant points many of us might prefer to sweep under the… Continue reading

For the Bible Tells Me So

The Pew Research Center conducted a poll to determine the issues on which evangelical leaders agree and disagree: The Bible is the Word of God.  (98% agreed) Christianity is the one, true faith leading to eternal life.  (96% agreed) Abortion is usually or always wrong.  (96% agreed) Society should discourage homosexuality.  (84% agreed) Men have a duty to serve as… Continue reading

We Need a Populist Movement—Part 5: Faith Practice

Image via Wikipedia What is the central theme of all of Judeo-Christian faith according to the writings protestant and Catholic believers alike call their holy scriptures—the greatest commandment from God, the central tenet, the core, the essence and centerpiece of all of Christianity? I’m assuming my conservative, religious friends know the answer to this. It came directly from the mouth… Continue reading

Merry iChristmas from the iBand

Boys and their toys!  Of course, I can’t complain.  I would be up their with them if this were my church.  While not particularly musically gratifying, this is certainly clever, creative and fun. North Point Community Church‘s iBand.  (YouTube Link)… Continue reading

The Immorality of the Morality Police

I recently was in a very large church facility.  My visit had nothing to do with the church.  The event managers had simply secured this facility for the event.  I was sickened by what I saw. The people of this church have built a mega-multi-million dollar facility.  It was beyond enormous.  The power bill alone would be beyond the entire… Continue reading

What We Say and What We Do

Image via Wikipedia I have been fascinated for much of my adult life with what people say they believe and value versus what people actually do in their lives.  I include myself in this observation of values versus behaviors.  I have always believed we are our most powerful selves, we are authentic, when we do what we say we believe… Continue reading

When Church Takes Over Your Rights

I have made no secret of my disdain for the Mormon effort to influence the outcome of an election in the state of California by spending millions of dollars to mount a campaign of lies and deceit.  I have never understood why the Mormon church is so aggressively funding this campaign against civil rights, and I had no idea as… Continue reading

No! You’re Too Fat!!

On one of my flights today I noticed a heavyset man in the row in front of me reading some religious magazine.  I caught the title of one of the articles and almost threw up.  I forget exactly how it was worded, but it basically was about how much more religious persecution could the church endure these last days. My… Continue reading

Let Me Blow Your Mind…

Image via Wikipedia So here’s a mind-blowing question for everyone. Can you even entertain it? Can you play, “What if…”? Are you capable of this? I’m going to guess that you are not — especially if you are an extremely religious person, but we’ll see. Now remember, this is just a “What if…” mental exercise. OK: The Setup Most of… Continue reading