God Has A Plan

Recently, a friend posted the following on Facebook: “Ok…so, allegedly, god loves everyone. So…why does that person have cancer and you do not? Or why did that man’s family die in a tsunami but yours is still here? Why were you born in America and they were born in Rwanda? It seems to me that […]

Do You Want to be Right?

Or do you want to be happy? Much as I hate quoting Dr. Phil, I think it might apply in last week’s dust-up involving Tony Jones and Marcus Borg over the character of the  Resurrection. To be fair, it wasn’t as much between Jones and Borg as it was all the people who read the various blog […]

Why Doesn’t God Answer Every Prayer?

I love South Park. It’s irreverent, funny, bawdy and, every now then, you’ll see pretty good social commentary. But, one thing I never expected to find was decent theology. That changed when I watched the episode “Are You There, God? It’s me, Jesus“, which satirizes young adult fiction, puberty, religion, Rod Stewart, God and Jesus. […]

Love God, Love People

Sometime before the year 30 CE, a lawyer asked Jesus “What is the greatest commandment”. Jesus answered “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being,and with all your mind.” This conversation is recorded in all three synoptic Gospels with some variation. In both Matthew and Mark, the lawyer […]

Why a Crucifixion?

Today, I’m participating in one of Tony Jones‘ #progGOD challenges. The question for this round is “Why a Crucifixion?” But, as you, my readers, are intellgent, thoughtful people, you probably figured that out from the title (hey, a little gratuitous sucking up never hurt anyone). Now, there are plenty of people who will tell you […]

It’s A Mystery

In my recent entry, “He Was a Disciple“, I mentioned that my father held some less than orthodox beliefs. He was especially fond of the those espoused in Religious Science and he was open to even more eccentric (as in “deviating from the recognized or customary”, not weird). If my dad felt this way, my brother does […]