Category Archives: God faith and theology

Today’s action for the Resistance

Every Saturday,  when I drive past the  Planned Parenthood office  in Mountain View,  there are anti-abortion protesters. Today, given Alabama and Georgia and Ohio and Mississippi, it was just too much. I decided to join them. I went home and … Continue reading

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Notre Dame.

Notre Dame is burning. To quote the CNN commentator, “It was a reminder that there is still beauty in the world….  We all need beautiful things right now…. It is a reminder that there is something bigger in the world … Continue reading

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Idolatry.

[36] “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ [38] This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like … Continue reading

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RIP, your majesty.

For years, I said that if I went to heaven I wold find that the voice of God sounded just like Aretha Frankin. I still think that. God is lucky. They have the joy of that wonderful, life-affirming music for … Continue reading

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I wonder who’s doing their programming.

On Sunday, April 1, NBC showed a live version of Jesus Christ Superstar, I suppose to celebrate Easter. While I have no quibbles with the performance — it was quite good, with Alice Cooper and Sara Bareilles being standouts (for … Continue reading

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Far too many things are going on in the country right now. The media is stretched thin, I am sure. That said, I was disappointed that they spent as much time as they did (too much, really) on the National … Continue reading

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The music of darkness and light.

As I have said a lot in the past two years, I am no longer sure what I believe in. Given that, it’s hard, this time of year, to be confronted with the evangelical exuberance of Nativities, of mangers and … Continue reading

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Comfort.

I do not know where I fit, religion-wise. I feel sometimes I have walked so long in the darkness that God has stopped looking for me. (Note to my more faith-filled friends: please don’t tell me how wrong I am. I … Continue reading

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The sword cuts both ways.

Pope John Paul II decried “cafeteria Catholicism,” being in the Church while not accepting some of its decreed tenets. He was right. Even though I was raised Roman Catholic, I am not now and will not be in the Church … Continue reading

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No, you’re not a martyr to your faith.

People scream about the First Amendment a lot. Usually they claim that their right to free speech is being violated, just because they are boycotted or face demands that they be fired or criticized for making offensive statements on the … Continue reading

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A good deed done, as far as I am concerned.

The paper cup did it. I saw the preacher as I crossed the street on the square in front of the train station in Old Sacramento.  I could hardly have missed him: a crowd ringed the square as he yelled … Continue reading

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Religious tolerance for me but not for thee.

Support for religion only exists for fundamentalist Conservative Christian believers, it seems. Last month, Operation Save America  terrorists activists surrounded and invaded a Unitarian Universalist Church in Louisiana. They screamed at the congregants that they were hell-bound baby killers. It’s … Continue reading

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The holidays are over. Rats.

Today is Epiphany, which means that the holidays are over — I leave for work in about half an hour, which means I really need to stop writing this and go away and get ready — and once again, I … Continue reading

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Closet Christmas.

It’s after Halloween.  Openly, I nod seriously when people complain about all the Christmas things being set out in stores, stores that, because it is November, decide that it is not too early to start playing Christmas songs. (And God … Continue reading

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[Note: I should put a disclaimer here: any opinions on this blog about the Affordable Care Act and/or Covered California are solely my own and do not reflect the opinions of my employers.] The job is starting to get to … Continue reading

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Loving my neighbor.

I have been thinking the past few days about the Bible.  In particular, about the phrase “love your neighbor as yourself.”  I have heard far too many people say this who clearly have no idea of what it means. For … Continue reading

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Odds and Ends

The Rocket Scientist is back from his tour of the Southern Hemisphere: Antarctica, Australia, and New Zealand.  Now he only has South America to go to have a complete continental set. It’s nice that he’s back. Now I don’t have … Continue reading

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I’ve been thinking about The Book of Mormon more. I’ve decided that whereas one of my favorite movies, Dogma, addresses the question, “What does faith look like?,” The Book of Mormon asks “What is religion good for, anyway?” They are … Continue reading

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Mother God

In her blog, Rachel Held Evans reports on a call by John Piper, evangelical pastor, to preserve “masculine Christianity.” …God has given Christianity a masculine feel. And being God, a God of love, He has done that for our maximum … Continue reading

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Here we come a caroling….

Last Saturday I attended a caroling party, and I discovered an unpleasant truth about myself. I am turning into a Puritan, at least where Christmas is concerned. The Puritans, you may recall, prohibited Christmas celebrations as being ungodly. I wouldn’t … Continue reading

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