Category Archives: Religion and Morality

Pushing Muslim Buttons

My eight-year old twin sons are masters at pushing each other’s buttons. In a matter of seconds, one small provocation can transform peaceful playtime into Armageddon.  Usually the dispute is over something unbelievably stupid, like who has the right to … Continue reading

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Teaching sexual ethics to my kids

At the end of this past school year, one of my eight year-old twin sons came home with a ‘memory book’ where he’d written down his responses to a variety of questions. Favorite movie?……The Avengers Favorite sport? ……..Hockey Favorite hobby?……..Legos … Continue reading

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My Not-So-Systematic Jistian Theology

“So what exactly do you believe?” “Do you really think Jesus was the son of God?” “What the heck is a Jistian anyway?” Over the years, as I’ve told people my story, these questions have come up on a regular … Continue reading

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James Holmes’ sick neuroscience experiment?

Over the past week I have not been able to shake this one nagging thought: that James Holmes’ study of neuroscience had something to do with his horrific crime in Aurora, Colorado.  Before you think that I am somehow blaming … Continue reading

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Where the butterfly landed

I’ve recently written some posts about how I encounter the Divine when I’m out in nature – surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation. I had another one of those wonderful experiences this past weekend as I went on a back-country … Continue reading

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Disciple or Doormat

I gave the following as a sermon today for my church’s “Gifts of Women” service, based on the story of Hagar and Ishmael (Genesis 16: 1-15, 21:8 – 21) and this passage from the Sermon on the Mount ( Matthew … Continue reading

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My Blogging Paradox

If there’s one thing I’ve learned after a year and a half of blogging, it’s that frequency is golden.  Those months when I can crank out at least one post a week, my blog traffic soars. In those unfortunate periods … Continue reading

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