The homily for Maundy Thursday fell to me and below is essentially what I came up with, though those who are present at St. Stephen’s tonight will hear an extemporaneous version of this.
Passover is a marker of time and of story. The story is of the time a people, who [...]
We all know the scene well from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. The distinguished band of diverse travelers following a road paved with yellow bricks make it to their destination and find that what they thought they were looking for didn’t really exist. Except that it did. The surface desire was for [...]
This week in the Atheism for Lent posts, we are exploring the work of Sigmund Freud. Freud’s name is popularized by the phrase, ‘Freudian slip,’ and if the field of psychology had icons or saints, Freud would be the patron of the field. Freud did a lot of work in dispelling religious beliefs [...]
I was the bully. With my words and at times with my fists.
Doug was the kid who lived down the alley that I and so many others would beat up on a daily basis. There were fat kids, ugly girls, black kids, slow kids, gay kids. I was the bully and I’m [...]
Over all these Christian avatars there hovers a silence bespeaking an unquestionably benign Presence, possessed of the infinitely good breeding to change us only when we reject the amnesias of our darknesses and [...]
Today the ‘Good News’ of Christianity operates with much the same logic. It is sold to us as that which can fulfill our desire rather than as that which evokes a transformation in the very way that we desire. Like every other product that promises us fulfillment, Christ becomes yet another object in [...]
The first week of Atheism for Lent are reflections on desire. The first post is asking questions around the kind of God we create when our desire goes unfulfilled. Who is God for me? Then following the supposition that God is then created to fill a hole, the question becomes what is the [...]
Prologue: On Wednesday of this week (November 23, 2011), I did something stupid. Now, I do lots of stupid things, so this is nothing out of the ordinary. On my way to visit a dear friend up in Ballard I got on the Link Light Rail in the Beacon Hill station. The only problem [...]
I bet I can find 1 person who is tired of seeing status updates of who’s joining the group that can find 1,000,000 people who DO NOT or DO approve of the new health care bill.
I was seriously tempted to make that my status update the other day, but decided against it. I [...]