We’re Not Popeye, Y’all

I wish I could say we all agree that violence is bad no matter where it comes from, but everyone knows that’s not true. For many people, violence is not only acceptable, it’s the preferred option. And, I’m not talking about Muslims, either: I’m talking about us. Our foreign policy, our obsession with guns and […]

My Story Pt IV

Those of you who have stuck with the long slog through my life are in luck: today is the 4th and final installment in this tale. And, the pay-off for all your hard work is a relatively happy ending. So, let’s get to it. Yesterday, I ended with this tidbit: “At the time, my oldest […]

Many or All?

For the past few months, the concept of universalism has been on my mind. I’ve been involved in several conversations (both on-line and in real-time) about the subject and even heard a couple of sermons that either brushed up against it or, in one case, fully engaged it. These encounters run the gamut from strongly […]

Another Brick in the Wall?

With the upcoming debate between everyone’s favorite Science Guy, Bill Nye and Young Earth guru, Ken Ham, I thought I’d do a post about the whole creationism vs evolution brouhaha. Originally, I wanted to say “I thought I’d do a post focusing on the whack-jobiness of the creationist side of the debate”, but that belies […]

How Firm a Foundation?

I have a need for routine. Due to a nice dollop of Attention Deficit Disorder, if I don’t follow at least a few, nothing gets done. Unfortunately my ADD is accompanied by a soupçon of Obsessive Compulsive disorder, which can make finding a balance a little challenging. While my love of routine rarely lasts all day, […]

God is Love

I didn’t really have time to write anything today, due to some medical stuff (nothing serious, just follow-up for previous issues), so, I’m cheating. This is basically a repost of something I wrote several months ago in response to a blog challenge from Tony Jones. In it, he asked bloggers to write something substantive about […]

God Has a Plan

Often, I hear people talk about God’s plan, as if it’s a road map for their life. I’ve never liked that. The idea that God has made this detailed plan for my life makes me wonder why God even needs me to be involved. Telling me that free will entails whether or not I decide to […]

A Changed Man

Yesterday was a pretty good day. The weather was nice, I got spend some unexpected time with Diana and, I got to hang out with my brother from another mother, Hugh Hollowell. It was, for us, a remarkably focused conversation. We both have just the tiniest touch of ADD (each of us combined having the […]

A Dark Night

The term “dark night of the soul” comes from a poem by St. John of the Cross, a 16th century Spanish Christian mystic. The poem is about the journey of the soul from the body to Heaven. This journey is called “The Dark Night” to represent the difficulties and hardships encountered on the way. While […]

Of Robs, Hillarys and Marriage

Never being one to miss out on a band wagon, I want to throw in my two cents about the spate of celebrities that have come out as an LGBT ally in the last week. Everybody else has and lot of them seem to be upset. First, though, a little background. Since Rob Portman had […]