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The Epiphany of Epiphany

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3G1F-26_Sbk Did you know that the three Wise Men weren't at the manger the night of Jesus' birth? I didn't. January 6 or Epiphany is the day we remember the Wise Men. who were also called the Magi, and the Baptism of Jesus when he was thirty. Not all Christians hold this day sacred. I wonder why, because those days are when Jesus was revealed to the Gentile world as Lord and Savior. After Epiphany, the liturgical calendar goes into what is called Ordinary Time. I like this name, because it seems to encompass the transition back into our regular lives and routines after the holidays. We stay in Ordinary Time until the season of Lent, So if you feel like there's something missing after Christmas, there might be. Maybe you need the epiphany of Epiph...
Ain’t Got A Prayer

Ain’t Got A Prayer

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If there were more Christians and Christian ministers like the Rev. Terri Stewart, there is a pretty good chance -- who knows for sure?  -- that I would still be one, too. And if there were more monotheists like Terri, it is a pretty safe bet that -- while there no guarantees -- I most likely would not, as I presently do, regard monotheistic religion as a malignant canker on the arse of human spirituality. (For the record:  I do have deep and abiding respect for non-theistic religions, e.g., Buddhism and Taoism, where One Big Guy does not run Everything.) We do have our differences, e.g., Terri is much more reluctant than I to offend people. But let's not quibble. Most of all, let's not quibble, given that Terri recently wrote and published what I regard as the most realistic, level-he
Wholly Missing the Whole of the Holy

Wholly Missing the Whole of the Holy

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This will probably sound strange coming from me.  But … here goes … I miss God. Well … even that is not quite accurate.  If by the term “God” you understand the traditional, orthodox conception of God as basically “a really, really, really big Person writ large,” then … no … I do not miss that God, the kind of God Samuel Taylor Coleridge, somewhere or other, referred to when he said that the average Englishman’s conception of God is as “of an immense Clergyman”; the kind of God Whose eye is on the sparrow; the kind of God Who numbers the very hairs of my head (in my case, a task easy even for human beings, let alone God); the God Who browbeat poor, innocent Job. In other words, I do not miss the kind of God who Sees Things And Runs Things, the Great Cosmic National Security Agency,