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  • March 17, 2020 — Plague

    Overwhelmed by all the constant important updates and numbers concerning the Covid-19 virus, I thought I’d turn to chronicle a few thoughts. For updates of a more urgent nature one must consult government agencies and trustworthy news sources. The majority of us have never faced a significant world event that effects all of us so […]

  • Studying Spirituality: Two Reactions

    Spirituality

    Reactions When I Mention Spirituality At Parties So, I’m busy with a PhD focused on spirituality. Once I mention my topic in polite party conversations, I get reactions which fall somewhere between two extremes. The first extreme is fascination. What is spirituality? How does one study it? Can such an endeavour be useful? Can you […]

  • The Fifth Station: Simon of Cyrene — the Paper Disciple

    Exploring how making Simon of Cyrene less self-important makes him even more important to the Passion narrative.

  • Tenth Station: Jesus Is Crucified

    And they crucified him, and divided his clothes among them, casting lots to decide what each should take. Mark 15.24 Ecce homo. Behold the human. Christ’s body. A broken Jewish body. Our body. Not an Olympian body. Not the exalted Emperor’s body. He mocks them with a crown of thorns and inscription on the cross. Our […]

  • Psalm 19: A Lenten Plea for Wisdom

    A short Lenten reflection on Psalm 19 and Wisdom

  • Sacred Buildings: First Presbyterian Church of Stamford

    The sanctuary surfaced like a small whale as I strolled over concrete memory slabs up the New Haven hill. Each tile marks a historical path-maker; although, the middle ages are omitted. Eventually, I entered through a side-door; a clairvoyant interior peered at me. The coloured glass windows, held in place with spindled concrete, broke the […]

  • I Turned Off AutoCorrect

    Non-reflective, poor-produced, and often hurt-filled or hurt-inspiring gibberish fill the internet — that scares me. I yearn for honesty, quietude, and gratitude but where my realist, the internet, and reflectiveness meet is a depressing space. Despite all this, I write because I love words and how they can inspire, elevate, and invigorate. Then when even my […]

  • Media and Medium: Entertainment and Culture

    In a moment of self-reflective poetic irony I decided to investigate the media with this my renewed attempt at something resembling a blog on Medium. Although many may know this already, it is always worth a reminder: media is the plural of medium. But, the word is changing meaning from suggesting form to content. One […]

  • Reformation Day: Luther and Assange

    Reformation Day (31 October) honours Martin Luther’s objection to the Bishop of Mainz about the selling of indulgences. The anniversary is observed by societies of various stripes. Chile and Slovenia, for example, celebrate Reformation Day as a national holiday, even though both countries have Catholic majorities. Others, especially Reformed Churches in the United States, move commemorations […]

  • Apostles’ Creed 5 | Dancing the Dead out of Death

    Originally written for the Book of Common Thought. Here adapted and ameliorated.

  • The Dusky Dearth of Listening

    One often feels the weight of dusk approaching. Has this day been a success? Was all that needed to be done achieved? Can any calculation even tally such a tall order? Often when such thoughts cross the mind, it quickly wanders off into the abyss of a stream of consciousness. Here, in this simple abeyance […]

  • Apostles’ Creed 4 | What Is Pontius Pilate Doing in the Apostles’ Creed Anyway?

    Originally written for the Book of Common Thought. Here adapted and ameliorated.

  • Apostles’ Creed 3 | God Born Unto Us, God Why Us?

    Originally written for the Book of Common Thought. Here adapted and ameliorated.

  • What Is Worth Saving? Brexit and Orlando

    The recent events in Orlando, FL and England, should leave us stunned, but not paralysed. When emotional reactions and hate are all we can muster, we have already lost most which makes modern North Atlantic values worth saving. Once cognition does not even come to mind, the very notions of inclusion and national inter-reliance deplete. […]

  • Apostles’ Creed 2 | Jesus Joins Us In Bruges

    A few years ago, Nadia Marais, Curtis Love, Shaun Darker, and I, read the Apostles’ Creed from four perspectives. This post contains some new thoughts on the Book of Common Thought. 2. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. In Bruges, tells of Ray and Ken, two hitmen stuck in the Belgium town after a hit involved a […]

  • Apostles’ Creed 1 | Why and What: Wayward Thinking in a Creator’s Name

    Originally written for the Book of Common Thought. On that blog, Nadia Marais, Curtis Love, Shaun Darker, and I, read the Apostles’  Creed from four perspectives. In the future, I will revisit and amend more of my contributions from the blog. 1. I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth In Heaven’s (Or Earth’s) Name, “Why?” Why should we read such an old, nonsensical, […]

  • A Church for Those It Cannot Bear to Include

    Consider the cliche: ‘…the church is the only society in the world which exists for the sake of those who are not members of it.’ It is true enough that the church is for others. Yet, claiming the church is the only true altruistic society is not enough truth. First, claiming the church is the only altruistic […]

  • It’s Not About Trump Anymore (If It Every Was)

    No, the title isn’t a typo. Trump’s campaign has for some time now not been about Trump. Also, it does not matter if he wins anymore. This quick note on Trump’s campaign will not follow the usual musing over Trump’s intentions, frequent flip-flops, or popularity. Neither will it turn ad hominem. No, in the following few paragraphs I focus on two worrying affects […]

  • Secular Invocations Are so Ecclesiastical

    Secular

    What is a secular invocation? In 2014, the US Supreme Court ruled prayer would remain part of legislative meetings as long as people of every faith were invited to pray. The ruling seemed unfair to the American Humanist Association. Prayer is not exactly synonymous with secularists. The Humanist Society, an adjunct of the American Humanist Association, came […]