Tornadoes in Texas. A church crumbles. . .people are safe. . . Parishioners call it a miracle. They say it was by God’s grace. And, to prove it, the statue of Mary survived untouched! Truly an act of God. But, Except, However. . . The tornadoes that passed through that area of Texas killed at […]Read More By the Grace of God (oh please)
A retired pastor I’ve known for many years wrote me in response to my weekly newspaper column. He and I have our differences of beliefs, but our feelings and thoughts about social issues are very similar. I was humbled by the words he wrote: “Someone said, ‘Every Christian is called to proclaim the gospel, sometimes […]Read More What we Say, or What we Do?
First of the season. . .enticed from the bud by gentle spring rain. . . Exquisite Beauty incarnate.Read More Eye of the Iris
The Supreme Court heard this case of a Missouri church demanding its “religious freedom” for playground rubber. Yes, welcome to America. I’ve been waiting for the Voice of Reason (never booming from the sky) to hold up the Big Mirror of Truth (always revealing as it is) to expose the hypocrisy of these folks. Now, […]Read More Sacred Playgrounds and Supreme Nonsense
Spring rains are making the trees pop with blossoms and leaves. I sometimes wonder if my blood is green (Spock!). Unexpected things happen. . . I saw a rabbit chase a squirrel. . . and a blue-headed turkey in the field with a red-throated turkey. . . I expect this unexpected beauty.Read More Rain is Green
I posted this comment on The Friendly Atheist responding to an article on Humanist invocations in the Arizona statehouse. Ok, folks, I’ve given plenty of public prayers in my (faith) day. I have a little suggestion for those who give invocations at any level of local, state or national government. Something like this: “It’s time […]Read More How a Humanist Prays in Public
Speaking at a local UU congregation this last Sunday (yes, a “secular sermon” on Easter!), I read this as our “scripture” from “The Gospel of John. . .Muir” (My First Summer in the Sierra, 1911). To honor Johnny’s birthday this week (April 21), here’s his reflection on a strange experience he had in the mountains […]Read More The Gospel of John (Muir)