Category Archives: Bad ideas about God

Beatitudes: What You Want, part 2

The use of the emphatic pronoun αυτοϛ is as if a 65-year-old man met his 38-year-old daughter in a neighborhood of Leominster, Masssachusetts, and stood on the sidewalk with her, considering a house. “Very nice,” he said, “Very pleasant-looking house. … Continue reading

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Beatitudes: What You Want, part 1

Bill Mounce says that the emphatic third person pronoun in the Beatitudes, αυτος (pronounced ow-toce) means they alone. The nuance of αυτος is that they alone will receive the blessing… Jesus is not saying that those who mourn, among others, … Continue reading

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Called to, part 1

I spent a week with the sisters at what they called a live-in. That used to be a popular style of naming: back in the day we had sit-ins, teach-ins, live-ins, and even die-ins. I spent the entire week at … Continue reading

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Walking on the Sea, part 5

OK. It’s you. You’re up. You’re going to tell someone what’s important, to you, about Jesus walking on the sea. In case it’s helpful, here’s a summary: Jesus told the disciples to go ahead. They obeyed, and trouble came up. … Continue reading

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Closer to You

I used to want to draw closer to You, and I thought that death would be the best thing of all, because it would carry me into Your embrace forever. When I was feeling low, I would pray Don’t leave … Continue reading

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God the Lout

We’re waiting for You. You are like the spoiled heir disporting himself on the Continent; we are the dependents on Your estate who have nowhere else to go. We don’t hear from You for months or years, no matter what … Continue reading

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Evictions and God

Hello, God. The chart I showed You a while back was too confusing. It was counterintuitive, as we say. That means that how you instinctively understand something is actually incorrect. Sorry if You already know what that means, I’m never … Continue reading

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Litany for a Pandem—

Never mind. All my churches are online now, sanctuaries I can practically touch and smell in memory, voices I love that I haven’t heard in years. Yes, O God, I said love. You are my obsession that I can’t help; … Continue reading

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Lofty and Uplifted, part 2

My mother had her babies 1950s-style: she had zero preparation, withstood the pain of childbirth until it became unbearable, begged for relief, was immediately knocked out, and missed the big moment entirely.   After giving birth to my older brother, … Continue reading

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Lofty and Uplifted, part 1

I’ve been reading about You: what a monster You are. For years, I’ve mindlessly recited the Song of Moses in Morning Prayer: I will sing to the Lord, for he is lofty and uplifted,  the horse and its rider has … Continue reading

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