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For the Doubters

First, a word of warning… This blog is NOT intended for everyone.  It is written for a very specific group of people—those who would like to have some sort of intellectually honest faith but have experienced crippling existential doubt that makes faith difficult or impossible for them.  If that phrase means nothing to your own experience, I’d suggest you move on to a different blog because this probably won’t be all that helpful to you. I guess I could start this with the image o...

Catholicism

Last night, I had one of the most beautiful worship experiences I have had in a long time. We played at a Catholic youth festival in Louisiana, and afterwards we stayed for "adoration." Wasn't quite sure what that was, but we ended up kneeling in silence in a field for like 20 minutes with thousands of young Catholics, all holding candles. It was amazing. A procession of priests came walking through the candlelit masses holding a big golden cross and then they put this other golden thingy ...

Being Found

Noise, noise, noise.  Mr Loud Talker behind me on his cell,  one to my right is talking, plugging his left ear to avoid Loud Talker, Italian accent is in heated debate about a piece of paper…I gather that he is referring to a college diploma or something. Yes, I listened to his conversation, but so did 7 other people…unavoidable.   Light chit chat and laughs wander down the hallway while another voice echoes through the terminal. Any spare second of voicelessness is filled with the chimin...

The Gun God

I don’t claim to be a pacifist. If I would have been at that school the other day, and I had a gun, I would have shot that man in a second to stop him. What I’m not going to say is that this response would have been the Christian one. I’m not going to say that I know that this is what Christ would have done. Jesus, the one who taught us to turn our cheek when our enemies strike us. Jesus, the one who taught us to pray for our enemies, love them, give them more than they ask for ...

Grieving the Shooting

Ok, I can’t stay quiet about it anymore. I can’t take anymore of the sentimental religious bs in the wake of these shootings. This kind of evil must be lamented, and I don’t buy it that this sort of lament must be limited to cheap little clichés about how we are so sorry and are praying for the victims families and friends. We need to pray, but we need to do more than that. We need to do our best to build a world where this sort of thing doesn’t happen to our kids. If my neighb...

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