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Blinded By The Light

We’re all blind to a certain extant, biblically speaking. There are passages we read and yet are unable to fully comprehend. And why? Because the Lord has decreed that it be so. He “blinds” us and freely admits it. Here is the first passage in the Bible to use the word blind, The LORD said […]

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Not About Easter

Today’s service was great. The music, the preaching, the bonhomie. It was a good gospel message on a day when a good gospel message is somehow even more appropriate than ever. We went to a crowded restaurant after a Baptist nap, the usual Easter. It was great but this post isn’t about Easter. It is […]

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What’s Up With? 2

Maybe this will be a sporadic series about things I don’t understand about science. I have a theory about Christian thought and science. Some of the major tenets: 1.) The Bible in no way contradicts science – and vice versa. For example, I believe the nearly 14 billion years the universe has existed is exactly the same […]

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The Cross

Today is the anniversary of the Last Supper. I think. Or maybe the last supper was eaten on a Friday. Definitely one or the other. Unless they started eating while it was light (Jewish Thursday) and ended the festivities after dark (Jewish Friday). I read that this year our days of the week sync up […]

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Animal Theology and Praxis Part 2

I said in the previous post that I used a leash while God uses circumstances. That list of God’s tools was woefully incomplete. He communicates to us in various ways at various times, as the beginning of Hebrews tells us. Previously by his prophets, and so his word. Now we add Jesus’ example and the […]

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Theology and Praxis In The Canine Population

Don’t let the title of the post scare you. I want to talk about the way my dog acts. First a disclaimer: I don’t actually know for sure if any of my dogs have held to any specific theologies. I can’t claim to know what they think or believe. But based on long observation of their actions, […]

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What’s Up With?

I’m easily puzzled sometimes, and when I am, it usually is by some scientific principle I thought I knew that doesn’t  hold true. I love science, I really do. We are becoming so much more precise in discovering and measuring God’s great universe. Cosmology, paleontology, biology, quantum physics… and what’s up with quantum physics? How […]

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Preaching at Standing Stones

I preached today at Standing Stones Church, where I regularly lead worship. I loved it. It was a wonderful experience. But not in ways I expected. I expected to be nervous and I was, body-numbingingly nervous at first. I expected that I would probably preach badly and I did. I expected to stay fairly close […]

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True Religion

The Dalai Lama has reputedly said, “My religion is kindness.” It struck a chord with many people, it seems like such a noble practice. We all love to be treated kindly. Most of us would like to be thought of as kind. It hardly seems like a controversial statement. Yet if there is blowback, or […]

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Fun Run

A few weeks ago, they held the Instant Gratification 0.0 Fun Run in Philadelphia. I think it was 0.0 kilometers but it might have been 0.0 miles. The starting line was also the finish line. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/09/sports/for-the-slothful-a-race-is-a-one-step-process.html I wish I would have known about it, so I could have intended to run. Because I give myself […]

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