The Singer Christmas

(An excerpt from "The Singer Trilogy" by Calvin Miller) The Father and his Troubadour sat down Upon the outer rim of space "And here, My Singer," said Earthmaker, "is the crown of all my endless skies - the green, brown sphere of all my hopes." He reached and took the round new planet down, and... Continue Reading →

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nice God.3

So much stupid crap has been done in the name of God that I'm surprised He hasn't changed His name. Take the Crusades, to begin with, starting in 1096. (Stay with me - this won't be as boring as it sounds) The crusades were a series of 8 major expeditions by Christian armies to retake... Continue Reading →

nice God.1

God isn't as nice as I think I would often like Him to be. He isn't as nice as I think most people imagine Him to be. I suspect that many people mentally mold God into a shape that they can comfortably worship, or "celebrate," as is so popular in the 21st century. But when... Continue Reading →

blessings ex nihilo (africa7)

The high point of my African experience was the people. I saw wild baboons on a hillside, vervet monkeys on roofs, and hyenas up close and personal, but they did not lift my soul as did the people. I ate goat meat, seasoned raw beef (didn't know beforehand), and some of the best sambusa and fuul anywhere,... Continue Reading →

golden rules

"Do unto others as you would have them do to you." Jesus, Matthew 7:12 Most religions, cultures, or ethical algorithms have a form of what Christians call the Golden Rule. Hinduism says "This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain of done to you." Mahabarata 5:1517 Islam claims... Continue Reading →

Terminal force

(This is #11 and the final installment in a series. Find 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10 by clicking on the numbers. It's ok - they're mostly short.) So, obviously I'm against "forcing it," at least when it comes to imposing my will or beliefs or values on others, anyway. From my viewpoint, Neither Jehovah... Continue Reading →

forced faith?

(This is #6 in a series. Find 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 by clicking on the numbers.) Forced respect isn't respect at all.            Forced respect leads to resentment. Forced love isn't love in the least.            Forced love leads to a bitter loathing. Forced allegiance is... Continue Reading →

yellowstone musings – 7

Let's start with the negative, just to get it out of the way. Seeing the high mountains reminded me that I've always dreamed of climbing mountains, and have never done it.  There's something about approaching 50 years old that makes you think you won't accomplish things if you haven't even started yet. I'm pretty sure... Continue Reading →

God is good

A popular christian song says: "God is good all the time He put a song of praise in this heart of mine God is good, yes He is, all the time Through the darkest night, His light will shine God is good, yes he is, God is good All the time, here we go!" In... Continue Reading →

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