Todays Thought

September 24, 2020

Today’s Thought – Some years back the Supreme Court decided that a baker out in Colorado had the right to not make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple’s wedding. You might agree or disagree – I am in the latter group. North of us, in Schuylkill County, another bakery had proclaimed the same stance,…
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September 23, 2020

Today’s Thought – I have two dogs – Sandy is 11 and tough as nails. She is a total Alpha and is not afraid of anything – except for wet grass. She doesn’t like how it feels on her paws, and tries everything she can to avoid it. Arya is 6 – we got her…
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September 22, 2020

Today’s Thought – You may have heard of Qanon – if not, here is short definition from the Guardian website: “QAnon is a baseless internet conspiracy theory whose followers believe that a cabal of Satan-worshipping Democrats, Hollywood celebrities and billionaires runs the world while engaging in pedophilia, human trafficking and the harvesting of a supposedly…
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September 21, 2020

Speaking of James – the Book of James has been much maligned by theologians for centuries. Its focus on actions that match one’s words was considered problematic for the “saved by grace alone” crowd, and was too often ignored. They could not be more wrong – for me, James is central to all I do…
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September 18, 2020

It was 1977 and I was getting ready to start my senior year in high school. I had decided, about a year earlier, that instead of becoming a chef, I felt called to the ministry. It was an immature call at best, but what do you want – I was 16! My reasoning was simple:…
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September 17, 2020

I used to carry a copy of the Constitution with me all the time, but since the Apps that are available are so good, I keep that on my phone instead. This may seem strange to you – it is to many people – but I do it for a number of reasons that are…
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September 16, 2020

I remember learning about the concept of the “Divine Right of Kings” in history when I was in high school. The doctrine has been usually linked to monarchs in the 16th and 17th centuries, and is credited for bringing about the modern nation-state models in Europe. Simply put, the idea is that God has given…
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September 15, 2020

I have always been disturbed by the way God is too often portrayed in the Bible – as a violent, almost sadistic deity who has a blood lust that seems insatiable. Our Hebrew Scripture reading this last Sunday is one of those moments – the people of Israel were fleeing slavery under a cruel Pharaoh,…
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September 14, 2020

John Hagee is Texas megachurch preacher who began a questionable organization called “Christians United for Israel” which was started in 1975 but not formerly incorporated until 2006. He, and a number of other Fundamentalist leaders, began to pump a lot of money into Israel, and, at first, a lot of people were supportive of the…
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September 11, 2020

Today’s Thought Everyone who is writing something today is writing about September 11, 2001. On the internet. On TV and Cable. It is one of those pivotal points in our history – like D-Day, or when Kennedy was shot. It was another moment when everything changed, not just for America, but for the world. We…
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Thoughts During the Pandemic

September 23, 2020

Today’s Thought – I have two dogs – Sandy is 11 and tough as nails. She is a total Alpha…

September 22, 2020

Today’s Thought – You may have heard of Qanon – if not, here is short definition from the Guardian website:…

September 21, 2020

Speaking of James – the Book of James has been much maligned by theologians for centuries. Its focus on actions…

September 18, 2020

It was 1977 and I was getting ready to start my senior year in high school. I had decided, about…

September 17, 2020

I used to carry a copy of the Constitution with me all the time, but since the Apps that are…

September 16, 2020

I remember learning about the concept of the “Divine Right of Kings” in history when I was in high school.…

September 15, 2020

I have always been disturbed by the way God is too often portrayed in the Bible – as a violent,…

September 14, 2020

John Hagee is Texas megachurch preacher who began a questionable organization called “Christians United for Israel” which was started in…

September 11, 2020

Today’s Thought Everyone who is writing something today is writing about September 11, 2001. On the internet. On TV and…