“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” – Matthew 5:48 (KJV)
Anyone who has read any of my “Skeptic’s” columns, especially those published after the last disastrous presidential election, will know that one of my favorite targets is a group I refer to variously as “boutique progressives” or “liberal purists”, the latter term borrowed from Bill Maher, who has the same grievance against progressives. What (Bill and) I mean by that are liberals, left-wingers, progressives who insist that a political candidate, in order to be worthy of our support, absolutely must conform to every principle, every jot and tittle, of progressive ideology, without exception. They must, in other words, be ideologically perfect, i.e., the kind of perfection demanded of Chri
Now that Christmas is over -- unless you celebrate Christmas from the first Sunday of Advent through and including the Feast of the Epiphany -- it might be a good time to examine the political and ideological questions raised by Christmas carols ... which I do in this week's "Skeptic's Collection" column in hopes of increasing the "woke-ness" level for Christmas of 2019. No reason to thank me ...
Recently, the cultural outrage factory, never short of work, has managed to evoke a sense of high dudgeon about the allegedly sexist lyrics, amounting to an advocacy of date rape, attaching to the well-known Christmas carol “Baby It’s Cold Outside”. Before following the controversy on Facebook, I would have thought that this kerfuffle
Again, I'm going to share my daily journal practice. It is biblical in nature but often the questions are generalizable. I have been reading and contemplating scripture through the lens of leadership. I have moved into Song of Songs, often described as a love poem from Solomon to one of his wives. But, I think that is the temptation, we see in Song of Songs, what we want to see.
As this is the last page of journaling Song of Songs, I'm contemplating what will be next. Do you have any ideas? Where should I take my quest?
Grape clusters swelling
Henna buds blossoming
The ripeness of peace
Song of Songs 7-8
Revealed today is the "ethnicity" of the woman being loved. She is a Shulammite. Sticking with Solomon being the man, translating the meaning of these two names...Shulam