Monthly Archives: February 2012

The Church Is Not Hogwarts – Conclusion: The Big Lie

The church is not Hogwarts, where we go to learn the right words to say when we want stuff or when we want something to happen. And I don’t want anyone to get that impression. When I pray in public, … Continue reading

Posted in Church, Pastors, Prayer | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

The Church Is Not Hogwarts – Part One

(I was recently asked why I pray extemporaneously in church rather than reading prayers I or someone else have written beforehand.  Here’s my answer for Christians and non-Christians . . .) Speaking  of music on airplanes (which I did in … Continue reading

Posted in Church, Pastors, Prayer | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

The Unexpected Pastor’s Oscar Countdown

I’m usually only posting Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, but today I saw the last of the 9 films nominated for Best Picture this year and I wanted to get this up before the Oscars Sunday night.   These are not … Continue reading

Posted in Arts and Culture, Movies | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Church Is Going to Crash! (An Excerpt from “Too Smart for God”)

(For your weekend reading, another excerpt from my potential book about my journey from growing up in the church to atheism and back, “Too Smart for God.”  Your comments and suggestions are appreciated.)  “We’re going to crash,” said the man … Continue reading

Posted in Atheism, Church, Prayer, Too Smart for God | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Confession BY the Church – Some Thoughts for Ash Wednesday

Most folks associate Ash Wednesday with individual confession and repentance.  But what about confession and repentance by the church? One of my favorite chapters in Donald Miller’s Blue Like Jazz (which I was happy to read has been made into a movie) takes … Continue reading

Posted in Church | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

The Worst Kind of Medicine?

I wish I’d read the article in yesterday’s Washington Post before I preached yesterday.  I would’ve spent more time on the portion of my sermon that went something like this (I preached from notes not a manuscript therefore “something”): Sometimes … Continue reading

Posted in Church, End of Life, Medicine | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Quantum God

I am intrigued by quantum physics.  I don’t get all the math, but just trying to grasp the mysterious properties of matter in its infinitesimally smallest bits keeps me transfixed. Right now, among the other books I’m reading is Absolutely … Continue reading

Posted in Faith and Science, Psalm 139, Quantum Physics | Tagged , , , , , | 8 Comments