Monthly Archives: October 2010

Bible Says Spread the Word. Please. Don’t

My wife and I volunteer at a local food pantry.  While she and a few others spend time there nearly every day, the rest of the work is done by shifts of people who volunteer once every few months. It … Continue reading

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What’s the Rx for Christianity?

Poll numbers keep reflecting the same thing.  The group of people who identify themselves are practicing Christians has stopped growing.  The group who identifies themselves as nonbelievers is the fastest growing section of the faith spectrum.  Why is this? One explanation I read recently … Continue reading

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Want a Traditional Marriage? Skip the Church

There is more news today about a cranky little group of Lutheran churches leaving the ELCA over gay pastors who are not married.  This focus on the chruch’s big, even huge, role in marriage is not part of the long history … Continue reading

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If Christians Were Not the Majority

If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it 100 times, “Those Freethinkers don’t like the Ten Commandments on City Property.  Let’s just have a vote and let the majority decide.” That reasoning, let the majority decide, defies any hint of intellectual … Continue reading

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Gay Kids and Sad Stories

For a few years, I did a volunteer job of reading applications from gay High School seniors for college scholarship money. One of the qualifications for this money was that the kids were “out”.  The “out” requirement had been placed on the scholarships … Continue reading

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Pray Yourself to Riches

Years ago we used to get a televangelist named Robert Tilton on our cable.  You may have heard of him.  His technique followed the same format every day.  “Brenda, tell me your story.” She was down to her last $5 and … Continue reading

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Why Did Jesus Leave Europe?

Television preachers and pundants alike grieve over Europe.  So many of us have European Christian ancestry,  it is hard to understand why the U. S. has a thriving Christian faith while over there it is languishing.   One explanation given often is … Continue reading

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Christians are “Atheists”, Follow Up

This is a follow up to an earlier post, “You My Christian Friend are an Atheist Too”.    That earlier post pointed out that since Christians consider the many thousands of gods human beings have worshipped over millions of year to … Continue reading

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Why I Love Being a Freethinker

“Lindgren, I saw you there and thought, ‘Man, he’s the guy I need to ask.’” I’d was standing in front of the car repair shop where I’d left one of our cars waiting for my wife to pick me up.  The … Continue reading

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Please, No Yoga In Here!

In today’s Wall Street Journal was an article about two religious leaders who are urging their followers not to practice yoga.  One was the Pope. The other was an authority on theology in the Southern Baptist Church. As I understand it, both of these … Continue reading

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