Letters of Paul

Tuesdays Thoughts: an Artful Response to 2 Corinthians

Tuesdays Thoughts: an Artful Response to 2 Corinthians

Letters of Paul, meditation, reflection, Scripture
Haiku You are the ones who⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Placed boundaries around love⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Rejecting God's prophets Commentary Based on reading 2 Corinthians 6-7 written by Paul to the Corinthian Church. This commentary is really a brief meditation/reflection from the queer church to the straight church, especially in United Methodist land. I'd like to draw special attention to 2 Corinthian 6:3-10 3 We don’t give anyone any reason to be offended about anything so that our ministry won’t be criticized. 4 Instead, we commend ourselves as ministers of God in every way. We did this with our great endurance through problems, disasters, and stressful situations. 5 We went through beatings, imprisonments, and riots. We experienced hard work, sleepless nights, and hunger. 6 We displayed purity, know
Nietzsche’s Children:  Faith, Freud, And Fascism In Reformed Protestantism

Nietzsche’s Children: Faith, Freud, And Fascism In Reformed Protestantism

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Every so often, I read posts from progressive, non-fundamentalist, religiously devout people – usually Christian, but not always – on, e.g., Facebook expressing astonishment and mortification at the manner in which the conservative evangelical / Reformed Christian church (with certain conspicuous exceptions, to be sure) has slavishly rallied around the Presidency of Donald Trump. This surprise is understandable if you only pay attention to the surface rhetoric of the conservative Christian church. But focusing on the superficial, conscious, “prefrontal-cortex” part of conservative Christianity is like looking at the surface of the earth and concluding that, except for the odd volcano here and there, the earth’s core is pretty much like the earth’s surface, that is to say, pretty dull: 
Prayerful Decisions – Prayerful Tuesday

Prayerful Decisions – Prayerful Tuesday

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If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. – 1 Corinthians 13:1 Today is Super-Tuesday, a day when political parties in mostly southern states choose who they want to run as their Presidential Candidate.  So far in this election we have heard the traditional political rhetoric and a great deal of speech filled with anger, hate, bigotry, greed and plan nonsense. My choice of candidate is not important, no, rather what is important is that each of us look carefully at who is running and who has the American peoples best interest.  Not just white, male, and wealthy, but all Americans regardless of socioeconomic status, choice of faith, where they come from, color of their skin, age, or gender identification. All Americans