Pray This Prayer With Me: The Dead or Dying Time

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For some of us it’s the dead or dying time, which is the time when a lot of our loved ones are either dead or dying.

It’s difficult.  It’s depressing.  It’s agonizing.

We are grateful for life, but understand if we would have drawn up life differently than you created it to be.

There’s not much else to say or pray.



Hey Republican Conservative Christians, Where Are Your Scissors? (Think Thomas Jefferson)

Hey Republican Christians, where are your scissors?

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If you listen to Republican Christians you would think all the founding fathers think just like them.  Makes you wonder if they ever heard of Thomas Jefferson.

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I’m in Washington, D.C. to officiate at a wedding and I’m finding myself particularly grateful for Thomas Jefferson.   Jefferson, unlike today’s Republican Christians, did not claim to follow or believe all the Bible.  In fact, Jefferson, in his senior years, took a razor and cut out parts of the gospels which he didn’t agree.  OK, he didn’t use scissors.  You got me.  But, Jefferson did use the razor generously.

Jefferson’s condensed Bible excluded all miracles by Jesus and most mentions of the supernatural, including sections of the four gospels which contain the Resurrection and passages indicating Jesus was divine.

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Doesn’t sound anything at all like today’s conservative Christian Republicans!

There are things in the Bible which need to be ignored.  I don’t recommend using scissors or a razor to cut those texts out, but I do think it’s extremely important to be honest about the Bible.  And honesty requires admitting that some parts of the Bible are reprehensible and not worthy of our belief or practice.   What I find disturbing in the Bible is not the same as Jefferson’s list but like Jefferson I recognize the health of the world is connected to world religions critiquing their scripture.

The Resignation of John Boehner Scares Me as Much as a Liberal Rev Probably Scares Some People

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The resignation of John Boehner scares me.  The resignation of John Boehner scares me because it indicates just how much power and influence conservative Republicans have.  Conservative Republicans really scare me.   Conservative Republicans probably scare me as much as a liberal Rev scares conservative Republicans.

For the record, I am a liberal Christian and a liberal independent.

For the record, I would prefer not to be liberal.  Being liberal is not in my self interest.  And I would prefer not to be Christian.  Being Christian is not in my self interest.  Personally, Jesus makes me very uncomfortable.  I wish some conservative Christian Republicans could convince me that being Christian requires me to be a conservative Republican.

I don’t think Jesus was a moderate.

I don’t think any person or any group has all the truth but if I’m going to err I feel like I should err on the side of compassion.