Listen To MY Prayer, Not That Other Person’s

In my professional field of economics, there is something called a Zero Sum Game.  It happens when the only way for one person to win is for another person to lose.  To leave the sum at zero, the gains and losses must be exactly equal. Unfortuately, much of real life seems to be a zero…
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Are You Hearing Voices?

Recently, I was watching Pat Robertson.  I’ve often heard him say, “The Lord told me that…..”   There was never doubt that he had just gotten off the speakerphone with Jesus. But, this time he said very carefully, “I had the impression that the Lord was speaking to me….”  I was so surprised to hear the disclaimer, “impression…” that I forgot to listen to…
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How To Be A Nice Atheist.

We have a steady stream of new people that show up at our Freethinker’s events.  One showed up recently and has been asking for advice. Some time back, she realized she did not share the faith that her familty members and circle of friends share.   She had a wonderful time at Freethinkers with the other people her…
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What’s Your Favorite Sin?

I think even the most conservative Christians among us would have to admit that particular sins go in and out of style.  There are certain sins we like to discuss, worry about and pass judgement on. We have our favorites for a while, then we move on. When I was growing up in a conservative church…
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Is The Pope Fiddle’n Sin While Rome Burns?

We all know the Bible has a lot to say about dozens of sins.  But, it doesn’t seem like the level of interest in sin has always been what it is today. When my wife and I were young,  we looked for a church that was engaged in social justice.  We joined one that brought urban ghetto children to…
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