Category Archives: Renovation

The Necessity of the Christ for a Good Life

On Resurrection Sunday a few years ago, numerous pastors of churches in a fading mainline American denomination rose to deny Jesus. The statement dozens of these heretics had agreed upon was spoken as in unison. They said, “Jesus, called the Christ, if he ever actually existed, was certainly not the  divine Son of God andContinue Reading

Why Bother to Believe AT All?

I perceive God as Tri-une; impossible, unlikely, nearly incomprehensible. I apprehend God in Jesus, (the, not a) Christ, foretold by the prophets, announced by angels, pursued by powerful foreigners, born of the Blessed Virgin Mary, his death twice ordered by the Jealous Powerful (at His Advent, again at the Cross). Jesus lived a perfect life,Continue Reading

The Priesthood of the Believable.

I perceive God as real, personal, just and loving. I accept God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit and still find myself willing to accept the old paternal language even though I believe God embodies and transcends gender. I believe in One True Living God, who chooses to show Godself in three separate and distinctContinue Reading

A Perfect Villain-Post Thirteen-La lune ne garde aucune rancune

The moon, we are told by the poet, never holds a grudge. If we can just make the day, night will soothe our burning-ed eyes. After work one evening, having made it through one more day, an important young man hurried off to meet our Perfect Villain. I do not think this was their onlyContinue Reading

Writer’s Note II-On the Sabbath Day (Christian)-Discrimen

I am writing in this space about Jesus, whom I call the Christ. His name is part name, part title, as are most of our names, if we know them. If we do not know the title that is our name, no matter. we seek titles to put before and after our names, cluttering ourContinue Reading

A Perfect Villain, Post Eleven

The moral arc of the universe bends slowly, slightly, a strand at a time, but it finally strains toward justice. Our opposition to evil persons may bring pain to our own house; the good does not always win, it ultimately wins. How soon good triumphs is directly in line with the stridence of our oppositionContinue Reading

Perfect Villain-Post Ten

The Road a twisted serpent lay t’wixt home of blessed hope and the final tie where night confines the day. There in that shallow shadow of twisted moment’s thought Red was green and fell between with some memories he’d brought. He, chaste lover,  confidant of clowns, sadly sinking. slowly keeling. simply drowns. While he diesContinue Reading

The Perfect Villain, Post Six

Follow God? Obey God? Sacrifice for God? I barely want anything to do with God. That is, if God is only or mostly the silly, smug person presented in our dumbed down churches. God better be better than what we hear, or what is the point? Most Americans could attain the same things we getContinue Reading

A Perfect Villain, Post Five

If you read here at all, you understand my preference for Christianity over all other religions and, indeed, my preference for Christianity over no religion at all. If I prefer Christianity (and I do) it is because I prefer the Person of the Christ over the Face(s) of other Faith(s). The Christ is extraordinarily competent,Continue Reading

The Second Sentence

Most of us can write a first sentence. We own the faculties of benign intellect at least. We can say what we think, or how we feel or repeat what we heard. The Second Sentence, aye, there’s the rub. The Second Sentence may be a non sequitur. The Second Sentence may be the rough equivalent of theContinue Reading