Something to Ponder

Reading more from John Muir before teaching my class today, this thought sauntered into my mind: We can’t BELIEVE what we SEE sometimes. . . So we tend to SEE what we BELIEVE. I read that to the class as a point to ponder, inspired by Muir’s interest in seeing Nature and the natural world […]

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Secular in the Pew (Easter)

While I was attending an Easter service with my wife (she was the guest minister), gazing at the dead branches of an empty cross, wishing I could see out through the stained-glass to the spring green. . . my short essay on The Story was published on Rational Doubt (The Clergy Project): The Greatest Story Not […]

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The Cross of Christ is a Question Mark

I originally wrote this for my weekly “Highland Views” column, then decided I’d “blog it” instead. A wise saying:  “Philosophy is questions that may never be answered.  Religion is answers that may never be questioned.” Yet, question we must. “A Former Minister has Questions about the Cross” As we cross over from one season to […]

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Run with Jesus this Easter?

  My minister wife and I had the same reaction to this local church’s “fun” event for the Easter holiday. Is this really what Christianity and “following Christ” has come to? I was particularly “moved” to see that some of the route passes through a graveyard.  How appropriate. And, of course, “bring the kids”! Enough […]

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Grateful for the Grand Design

Stephen Hawking (1942-2018) A great mind, a great man of Science, is gone. Gone where? The magnificent cosmos was all the heaven he saw and studied. “One can’t prove that God doesn’t exist. But science makes God unnecessary. … The laws of physics can explain the universe without the need for a creator.” . . […]

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