Category Archives: Bible

Walking on the Sea, part 1

Here’s a story – maybe the story – that causes people to conclude that Christianity is Moronic Idiotic Completely fantastical A waste of time Here’s the heart of it, from the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 14, verses 25-26: And in … Continue reading

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Whose Voices Do You Listen To? part 2

Did you listen to all the sermons? What caught your attention? What mattered to you? Here are three things that spoke to me: This statement: “Eternal life is to know God.” Is that it? Is it that simple? I felt … Continue reading

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Whose Voices Do You Listen To? part 1

A gift of COVIDtide: you can attend church after church after church through the means of online services. I do realize that, puzzlingly, this is not everyone’s cup of tea, and, it’s true, you can’t be physically present in the … Continue reading

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A Bishop Said

Here’s what one of Your bishops says: As an ELCA Lutheran, we believe that the Bible is a vessel and that through it God’s Spirit speaks to us to create and sustain Christian faith and fellowship for service in the … 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 4

Hello, God. Thought I’d check in. So, have You noticed what’s going on with us here in Massachusetts? I don’t know how good You are with numbers, but here’s a table gives a good overview. That’s from this web page, … Continue reading

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Lofty and Uplifted, part 3

I go to an online Bible Study. The person teaching it: male, in a clerical collar. The faces zooming back at me: eight women, two men. Another one of Your greatest hits: making us so badly suited to each other. … Continue reading

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